Page 1of 16COURSE SYLLABUS ADV21300/HDP21300Interpersonal CommunicationSpring Semester 20194 CreditsInstructor: Sebastienne Grant, PhDPhone: 928-350-2214E-mail: [email protected]Office Hours (Summit Building): Mon-Thu, 1:30-3pm, Friday 10-2pm (by appointment)Class Meeting Times/Locations: Mon/Wed 10:30-12:45; SummitI.CourseDescription:The ability to communicate effectively with others is an essential life skill. Whether a student is interested in a career working with people, maintaining healthy personal relationships, or using communication to effect social and political change, interpersonal communication skills are crucial. This course employs a critical lens in the exploration of theories and practices of interpersonal communication. Students develop an awareness of communication styles and the importance of style (or voice), purpose, and audience in effective communication. Additionally, students develop an understanding of the role of language in social construction, issues of power and privilege in language and communication, and the use of communication as a tool for civic engagement and public advocacy. An emphasis is placed on practicing communication skills, including “speaking,” listening, and critically analyzing texts/discourses. Topics covered include compassionate communication, deep listening, giving/receiving feedback, non-verbal communication, conflict resolution, relationship building, cultural sensitivity, communicating under pressure, principled negotiation, communication as social action, and more.II. Prerequisites: NoneIII. Required Textbook(s): Communication: A Critical/Cultural Introduction(2ndor 3rdedition) by John T. Warren and Deanna L. Fassett Additional required readings available on MyClassroom IV. Prescott College Learning Goals
Page 2of 16A strong foundation in the Liberal Arts prepares students to be lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and creative problem solvers by engaging them in a broad, interwoven range of models of inquiry. This foundation of knowledgeand skills allows students to understand societies and their histories, cultures, arts, aspirations, and challenges, It prepares students to find, evaluate, and analyze information, as well as integrate and synthesize the practical and theoretical aspects of their learning. They develop an understanding of their obligation to respond to the needs of the greater community of humans and the natural world. This goal specifically assessed in this course is in bold.Competence within specific field of studyHumanities & Arts KnowledgeCivic EngagementEcological LiteracySkills for Inquiry, Analysis, & SynthesisGlobal Cultural LiteracySkills for Self-Direction and Lifelong LearningV. Department Learning Goals: 1.Students will demonstrate professional and ethical knowledge of the history and theories of the field, as well as the necessary dispositions with regard to their roles in the helping professions.