This course provides a basic understanding of public relations processes, practices and effects, and focuses on public relations as a career. It provides an understanding of how public relations decisions affect various occupations in an increasingly technological and intercultural environment. The course reviews key social science concepts, such as public opinion, persuasion, and systems theory, and the ethical, analytic, and strategic approaches used by public relations professionals. Students completing this course will be able to describe the history and theories of public relations, use the basic vocabulary of the public relations practitioner, and recognize and discuss public relations as used by institutions, business, politics, government, and other organizations. They will also be able to develop writing skills for public relations tactics, use critical thinking to identify organizational problems, offer appropriate public relations suggestions for their solution, and identify the ethical implications of public relations practices.