Patterns of human interaction, types and stages of relationships, verbal and nonverbal exchanges, strategies and tactics.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will 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.