Spring+2011+TF+Syllabus (1)

Spring+2011+TF+Syllabus (1) - Interpersonal Communication...

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1 Interpersonal Communication 192:201:07 Tuesday/Friday 11:30-12:50pm, CI-101 Spring 2011 Instructor : Mary Nagy Office hours : Mondays 2:45pm-4:00pm, Fridays 10:00am-11:00am; and other times by appointment Office : E-mail : [email protected] Class website: sakai.rutgers.edu Required Text : Trenholm, S. & Jensen, A. (2008). Interpersonal Communication (6 th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. Other Readings: There are other assigned readings due each day, unless otherwise noted (Please refer to attached list) Recommended Text: 6 th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association Pre-Requisites: 189:101, Introduction to Communication and Information Processes. Course Goals The purpose of this course is to introduce theory, concepts, and research in the study of interpersonal communication. The course is designed to create awareness of communication issues that we often take for granted—and that may cause misunderstanding and problems in interpersonal communication. The course is also designed to encourage the application of communication theory to our own lives as we strive to be successful communicators in society. This is NOT to say that this is a course in “how to communicate.” Rather, through the text and readings we will focus on the process of communication and the production of meaning in interpersonal contexts, analyzing aspects of theory underlying competence in verbal and nonverbal communication, perception and interpretation, language, identity, and relationship building. This class is a hands-on, active learning experience. Please come to class prepared to be an involved and active participant. Learning Goals and Objectives In addition to the course goals listed above, there are learning goals and objectives we must achieve in our time together. Specifically, after successful completion of this course you should be able to: Identify the foundations of human communicative behavior Understand the different contexts of interpersonal relationships, and how each context impacts the nature and quality of those relationships Understand how our own behavior affects our interpersonal relationships Understand how different theories can be used to explain relational behavior Think constructively about one’s own communicative actions and the consequent effects messages send to others both directly and indirectly Identify and apply concepts, definitions, and ideas discussed in class to one’s own individual relationships in hopes of explaining and identifying healthy and unhealthy behavior Advance critical thinking of scholarly material and be able to discuss academic concepts with others Produce an academically sound research paper highlighting an area of interpersonal communication
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2 Students Needing Further Assistance Students with documented disabilities who wish accommodations in this class must do so through the Rutgers Disabilities Services Office. See http:// disabilityservices.rutgers.edu/ for details.
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