Interpersonal Communication

Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: Johnson
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 0800
End: 0915
Field Class: Day 1 - Friday, 06 March | India Download Syllabus

Interpersonal Communication is the study of human symbolic behavior and its effect on people. This course emphasizes practical and theoretical implications of face-to-face interaction in social, business, professional, and intercultural settings. Students will (1) develop an improved understanding of the principles of interpersonal functioning, (2) experience directly the elements inherent in a positive interpersonal communication environment, (3) learn strategies for examining individual, family, group, and social communication processes critically and analytically, and (4) increase sensitivity to the nature and implications of interpersonal communication skills such as verbal and nonverbal messages, perception, decision making, and conflict management.

Field Class

Country: India
Day: 1 - Friday, 06 March

Students will venture into two cultural spaces in Cochin in teams of 4 with a list of interpersonal communication related clues. Each group should have at least one camera or smart phone to record images for each clue. Students will be asked to identify specific things, and record an image of that thing with his/her smart phone or camera. Some of the items will be directly visible, other items students will have to ask and speak to people in order to find. Everything will be present in the two spaces. At each cultural space, a designated meet time will be set and all clues for that specific space must be finished or forfeited at the meet time. We will meet together for lunch at the midpoint of the scavenger hunt to debrief. Pay attention to the event, there might be a few clues. VII. Academic Objectives:

  1. Be able to discern between nonverbal and verbal communication
  2. Be able to distinguish between different relationship types because on nonverbal and nonverbal communication
  3. Engage in self-disclosure within interpersonal settings
  4. Learn how to work effectively in small groups.