This course surveys theory and research related to interpersonal communication. The course focuses on effectively managing personal and professional relationships. The essential focus of this course is working to understand that our communication choices have consequences and that we can use our communication to create better social worlds. Through looking at theories, those structures that allow you to make sense of the world, the world becomes more understandable and meaningful.
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to do the following.
- Explain key concepts relating to Interpersonal Communication Theory.
- Analyze communication situations and make more reasoned, reasonable, and effective communication decisions in relationships.
- Explain ways theories are useful and empowering for human beings.
- Think critically about the communicative process and an array of interpersonal experiences.
- Apply the theories studied to personal examples.
- Demonstrate an understanding of communication terminology.
- Acknowledge a personal commitment to communicating positively to create better social worlds.