This course examines the role of interpersonal communication in managing a variety of challenging events in friendships, romantic relationships, and family relationships, such as hurt, conflict, jealousy, negotiating sexual intimacy, terminating relationships, etc.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify some of the challenging experiences that emerge in close relationships and explain the circumstances surrounding these events and the role of interpersonal communication in resolving those events.
- Demonstrate an ability to assimilate readings from class and to write in a manner that is appropriate for the social sciences.
- Demonstrate an ability to use communication concepts to analyze human behavior and to apply those concepts to improve social and professional life.
- Demonstrate competency in library research and an ability to integrate resources to understand a relational phenomenon.
- Demonstrate an ability to construct survey questions and analyze survey data to better understand a relational phenomenon.