Interpersonal Communication

Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: Johnson
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 1640
End: 1755
Field Work: Day 2 - Oslo - Sunday, 20 July | Norway
Prerequisites: None 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 Work

Country: Norway
Day: 2 - Oslo - Sunday, 20 July

This field program will be run much like Amazing Race with clue packets for each stop that engage romantic interpersonal relationships, family dynamics, expressing emotion, critical listening, competent verbal communication, disclosure, and other interpersonal communication concepts. Students will get into groups of 3-4. Each group must have access to at least one camera. It can be on a phone, a tablet, a DSLR, or point-and-shoot camera. Each group will be given a list of clues and things to search for. Some will be visible some will require a conversation. We will visit four places, and each place will have a different set of clues. We will visit the wharf, where we will have lunch, a memorial cemetery, the sculpture park, and the history museum. Once students complete their scavenger hunt, they will write a 3-5 page paper detailing their experiences and using concepts from the textbook and in class materials. 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