ELP 201 - Communication for Impact I

2 Unit(s)

The Communicating for Impact I course seeks to empower students with the communication and critical thinking skills essential for success as scholars at an innovative African university and as future leaders of the African continent. It springs from the belief that a nuanced understanding of written and spoken language and mastery of communication skills are essential to developing and expressing ideas that could change the world. The course will empower students to analyse audiences and adapt their communication strategies accordingly; craft well-organized texts; develop logical arguments; engage with the perspectives of others; and tell powerful stories that could move people to action. At the end of this course, students will be prepared to engage and lead in a workforce that is increasingly communication-driven, as well as thrive in their chosen field of academic study. Students will learn these skills through projects and deliverables that challenge and broaden their understanding of the world around them and their place in it. The course content includes specific topics such as grammar, conventions and organisation, developing arguments and analytical techniques in academic writing, storytelling and learning differences between narrative and journalistic stories