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Abstract

Communication departments frequently offer basic service courses to other campus departments or schools. A communication course sensitive to the mission of the university or college of which it is a part, as well as to its own mission, allows programs that include such a course in their curriculum to distinguish themselves from competing programs. Additionally, such a mission-sensitive course further defines departmental and university identity, assisting in institutionalizing a mission. Offering such a course provides an opportunity for dialogic praxis to occur between departments situated within the context of a local institution. Dialogic praxis involves knowledge of one's own position, listening to the position of the Other, and recognition of the social and historical situation in which both parties are situated, and application, and collaborative application. Duquesne University's Communication Department designed a course entitled Communication an Professional Civility for the Physician Assistant Department through a process of dialogic praxis. This course addresses issues of working on a task with others from a variety of professional perspectives with different standpoints within a local organizational home centered around a clear mission. This course provides a public discourse approach to basic communication issues within a complex modern organization.