Analysis of the interview as a unique communication context, including the application of theoretical concepts and practice in designing and conducting interviews of various types (e.g., surveys, employment, information giving, counseling).
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify and describe foundational communication theories and approaches that are evident in different interviewing roles (e.g., interviewer, interviewee, observer) and contexts.
- Compare and contrast various types of interviews, structural options, interactional strategies, and question designs utilized in various interviewing contexts (e.g., informational, employment, research, broadcast news, counseling, persuasive, recruitment, performance, mediation, and/or networking, etc.).
- Apply principles and interviewing when participating as an interviewer (e.g., informational interview - selecting a subject, designing a question list) and as an interviewee (e.g., employment interview - background research and preparing for common questions) and evaluate performance.
- Analyze (as an outside observer) interview events (e.g., healthcare, broadcast news, research, etc.) to determine the effectiveness of the interview choices made by the interviewer and/or the interviewee.
- Design and assemble artifacts (e.g., documents, question lists, research, interview notes, audio/video recordings) related to interviewing that demonstrate competency in written, mediated, and visual communication.
- Display improved skills with engaging in academic dialogue, both written (via paper assignments) and spoken (via class discussions).