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Introduction to Interpersonal Communication - Comm 315 Fall, 2017; Section 01 M, W 2:00 – 3:15pm; SK208 Christine Steineck , Instructor Office : SK 206D Office Hours : M, W 1:00 – 2:00pm; T, Th 2:30 – 3:30pm; or by appt. Phone : 852-7867 (office/voice mail); 852-6976 (Comm Department Office) Email : [email protected] or [email protected] Text : Close Encounters: Communication in Relationships , Guerrero, Andersen and Afifi, 5th Edition Course Purpose and Objectives In this course you will introduced to the principles, concepts and methods central to the study of interpersonal communication. We will examine interpersonal communication specifically as it pertains to relationships – romantic, platonic, business. It is hoped that you will gain insight into your own interpersonal communication skills. Specifically, this course is designed To enhance understanding of the communication process in general, and interpersonal communication processes in particular To survey issues, concepts and theories concerning the study of interpersonal communication To enable the student to relate interpersonal theory to practical experience To enable students to listen, think and write critically about issues pertinent to the study of interpersonal communication To enable students to more effectively analyze their own and others’ interpersonal behaviors Course Requirements Class Time – Students learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process, especially when it comes to communication. You are expected to come to class with the readings done, ready to participate in discussions and exercises that will apply that information and help you develop your interpersonal skills. Lectures will supplement the readings, and offer material not included in the book.
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Discussion/Informed Consent – Many of the topics covered in this class can be sensitive issues – gender roles, cultural diversity, stereotypes, sexuality, power, abuse. Discretion is advised in class discussion, but sharing is encouraged. Be sensitive to the needs and emotions of others. If you become offended or uncomfortable, let me know. Be open-minded, think and act like adults, and we should be alright.
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