Spring 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Bell, Lisa
Discipline and Number
COMM 3311 Section 001
TR Time 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Interpersonal Communication

Description of Course:

• Why do some relationships succeed and others fail?
• How is power communicated between individuals and among groups in organizational settings?
• Do men and women really communicate all that differently?

These are just some of the questions that interpersonal communication theorists attempt to answer. More than just people skills, interpersonal communication focuses on the fundamental processes that occur during conversations and the verbal and nonverbal codes that we use to accomplish those conversations.

During this course, we will study how the perceptions and information that we gather about others and ourselves influence and reflect our goals, the roles we play, and our self-concept as we send messages that shape our relationships. Such relationships may include those between romantic partners, family members, friends, coworkers, or anyone else with whom we interact. Developing a richer theoretical understanding of how interpersonal communication works will in turn provide a foundation for developing a stronger communicative competence.

Required Texts:

Lane, Shelley D. Interpersonal Communication: Competence and Contexts, 2e. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2010.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Exams, analytical paper, group project, class discussion and communication competence

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