Relational and Organizational Communication [CRN 81202 Course] [CRN 81203 Recitation]

Discipline: Communication Studies
Instructor: Cvancara
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 0800
End: 0920
Field Work: Day 1 | September 15, 2018 | Spain
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

The purpose of this introductory course is to enable students to communicate more effectively within a variety of relationships and contexts. Students will develop a vocabulary of communication concepts and theoretical applications to build competence and skills. Assignments will involve reflective writing to build awareness of one’s identity as a communicative agent that shapes and is shaped by daily interactions with others. Students will work throughout the semester to practice skills via application of course material to different personal and organizational contexts. Class discussion will challenge student assumptions about communication practices to identify individual, situational and cultural approaches used in various contexts to meet different relational goals. Course lessons will examine aspects of communication competence to instill in students a better understanding of communication interactions experienced during the SAS voyage.

Student Learning Objectives:

  1. To help students build awareness around the ways in which their communicative practices continually shape and are shaped by their experiences in personal and social relationships;
  2. To encourage students to challenge existing assumptions about human communication in organizational and relational settings; and
  3. To empower students to think about alternative ways of conceptualizing and responding to others’ behavior.

Field Work

Country: Spain
Day: 1
Date: September 15, 2018

This field class is designed to expose students to different environments in which relationships are performed and negotiated in routine, everyday contexts. During the field class students are asked to observe types of communication behavior occurring in each context (handout provided). Students will be challenged to identify assumptions they hold about “third places,” and compare them to observations made during the day with personal experiences from their own culture. Engagement with others and awareness of self is important on this field trip. Students will analyze their interactions throughout the day regarding aspects of perception, listening, emotion, verbal and nonverbal communication patterns (and may include observations regarding gender, power/status, conflict negotiations, and the performance of different kinds of relationships). Students will investigate how messages are constructed, conveyed, received, and the effect they have on people in everyday contexts in which they live.

Learning objectives:
1. Observe how communication in everyday interactions is performed in “third places” (Oldenburg) within a community; for example, at a community center, a restaurant, a coffee shop, a university student center, a local market, a church, a business, a barber shop.
2. Identify similarities and differences in the communicated exchanges and compare observations to communication behavior typical of “third places” you experience at home.
3. Engage in conversation with local students and discuss how they define and describe these places in their communities, how they change as one grows older, and compare/contrast their experiences to your own.