Most of our daily communication involves talking to friends, lovers,
family members, acquaintances, and people in service positions.
We do this routinely, usually without much thought, unless some problem
occurs or the relationship starts to go down the tubes. Then we become
painfully aware of the poor communication we have had with another.
I hate to think of the number of relationships that have slipped away in
my life because we couldn't talk to each other or didn't bother to try.
In this course we will look at the mundane, yet remarkable, process of dyadic (one-on-one), face-to-face (mostly) communication. We'll examine cognitive and behavioral elements, including perception of self and others, interpersonal needs, attraction, social roles and rules, verbal and nonverbal messages. We will spend a lot of time on the role of communication in the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of relationships of all types. You will learn new terms and theories and how they apply to your own relationships and communication abilities.
Class is conducted through discussion and lecture. To be prepared for class you need to complete all reading and writing assignments as indicated on the attached schedule of classes.
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