CMM 526: Seminar in Interpersonal Communication

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 take a topical approach to the subject of interpersonal communication, examining a broad array of topics studied by interpersonal communication scholars. We will spend 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.
 This is a seminar, which means that there will be very little lecture.  Instead, we will discuss readings and papers you write.  For many class periods you will prepare brief response papers which we'll use to generate and focus our discussion.
There will be readings assigned for each class session, and you are responsible for having read the material.  You are also expected to contribute to class discussion.


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