Course Syllabus

Fayetteville State University

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Performing and Fine Arts

 

I. LOCATOR INFORMATION

 

Semester: Spring         Year: 2003

Course No: SPEE 210-01        Course Name: Interpersonal Communication     Credit Hrs: 3

Day/Time Class Meets: MWF 2:00-2:50         Room/Bldg: Butler 121

Instructor: Dr. Genie Almeida

Office Location: 206 TC         Office Phone: 672- 2031

Office Hours: MWF: 11:00-2:00, T: 11:00-3:00         E-mail: ealmeida@uncfsu.edu

 

II. COURSE DESCRIPTION

An introduction to the process of dyadic communication including functions, models, and theories. Variables affecting interpersonal relationships will be explored along with the effects of intrapersonal variables on communication.

 

III. TEXTBOOK

Stewart, J. (2002). (ed.) Bridges not walls: A book about interpersonal communication. Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill Co.

 

IV. SPECIFIC COURSE OBJECTIVES

At the end of the course, the facilitator of learning will:

 

Knowledge:

(1) Demonstrate an understanding of the five–part model of communication

(2) Demonstrate an understanding of different approaches towards the study of interpersonal communication

(3) Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of perception and effective listening including:

(a) empathic listening

(b) dialogic listening

(c) analytic listening

(4) Demonstrate an understanding of the process of self-negotiation including:

(a) expression of ideas

(b) expressing social, cultural and personal selves

(5) Demonstrate an understanding of relational systems

(6) Demonstrate an understanding of principles of effective conflict management

(7) The student will acquire facility in interpersonal communication skills of:

a) negotiation of personal, cultural and social identity

b) analyzing relational communication problems

c) appropriate self-disclosure

d) sensitivity response options

e) conflict management skills

Assessment:

Use a variety of formal and informal assessments aimed at meeting program goals and positive student learning including in-class exercises, field exercises, small group discussion, interpersonal research papers, informal oral presentations, and exams.

 

Reflection:

Reflect on and evaluate teaching and learning through:

a) in-class exercises

b) small group discussion

c) assigned papers

Technology:

Apply new technologies to teaching, learning and research including:

a) Internet assignments

b) establishing an e-group for group discussion

Diversity:

Understand the differences that exist among people and their cultures and the ways in which these differences affect individuals’ view of the world, their values, and their interpretations of the events of their lives.

 

Collaboration:

Collaborate with colleagues, parents, local schools, agencies and the community to support learning and achievement for all students.

a) collaborative group assignments

b) collaborative oral presentation

c) collaborative research

V. COURSE COMPETENCIES

 

Knowledge:

INTASC #1 The teacher understands the major concepts, assumptions, debates, processes of inquiry and ways of knowing that are central to the discipline he or she teaches.

 

Reflection:

INTASC #9.4 The teacher is committed to reflection, assessment, and learning as an ongoing process.

 

Assessment:

NCDPI #8.3 The teacher uses assessment strategies to involve learners in self assessment activities to help them become aware of their strengths and needs, and to encourage them to set personal goals of learning.

Technology:

INTASC #6.13 NCDPI #6.4

The teacher knows how to use a variety of media communication tools, including audiovisual aids and computers, to enrich learning opportunities.

 

Diversity:

INTASC #3 The teacher understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.

 

Collaboration:

INTASC #10.12, NCDPI #10

The teacher establishes respectful and productive relationships with diverse home and community situations, and seeks to develop cooperative partnerships in support of learning and well being.

VI. EVALUATION CRITERIA

 

GRADE DISTRIBUTION:

Class Participation 100 points

Paper #1 200 points

Paper #2 200 points

Individual presentations 200 points

Exams 300 points

Total Points 1000

VII. COURSE OUTLINE WITH ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE

 

Date Wk Topic Assignment

 

1/8 1 Overview of Course

1/10 A Teacher’s Approach Bridges, Ch. 13

 

1/13 2 A Counselor’s Approach Bridges, Ch. 14

1/15 A Spiritual Approach Bridges, Ch. 15

1/17 A Philosopher’s Approach Bridges, Ch. 16

 

1/20 Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday Holiday

1/22 3 Five-part model of interpersonal communication Bridges, Ch. 2, pp. 15-42

1/24 Five-part model Ch. 2, pp. 15-42

 

1/27 4 On Communication, Interbeing, Bridges, Ch. 2, pp. 45-55 The Communication Panacea

1/29 Constructing Selves Bridges, Ch. 3, pp. 57-72

1/31 The Rudiments of Social Intelligence Bridges, Ch. 3, pp. 74-83

 

2/3 5 Meaning and Values Bridges, Ch. 3, pp. 83-93

    Maintaining the Self in Communication Bridges, Ch. 3, pp. 93-107

2/5 When Miss America Was Always White Bridges, Ch. 3, pp. 108-115

2/7 Exam I Chapters 13-16, 2 & 3

 

2/10 6 Verbal & Nonverbal Dimensions of Talk Bridges, Ch. 4, pp. 116-143

2/12 Communication and Nonverbal Behavior Bridges, Ch. 4,pp. 149-157

2/14 Functions of Nonverbal Behavior Bridges, Ch. 4, pp. 157-162

    Paying Attention to Words Bridges, Ch. 4, pp. 143-149

 

2/17 7 Interpretive Competence Bridges, Ch. 5, pp. 167-184

    It’s Only Skin Deep Bridges, Ch. 5, pp. 184-191

2/19 Empathic and Dialogic Listening Bridges, Ch. 5, pp. 208-227

2/21 Listening and the Rhetorical Process Bridges, Ch. 5, pp. 191-197

    Listening Bridges, Ch. 5, pp. 197-208

 

2/24 8 The Roots of Debate.... Bridges, Ch. 12, pp. 568-578

    Can Dialogue Be Taught? Bridges, Ch. 12, pp. 596-611

2/26 A Conversation With a Center Bridges, Ch. 12, pp. 578-585

    Dialogue’s Basic Tension Bridges, Ch. 12, pp. 585-596

2/28 Language of the Heart Bridges, Ch. 12, pp. 611-616.

 

3/3 9 Being Open & Expressing Bridges, Ch. 6, pp. 232-253

3/5 What It Means to be Assertive Bridges, Ch. 6, pp. 254-262

    What to tell Bridges, Ch. 6, pp. 276-282

3/7 Immediacy Bridges, Ch. 6, pp. 262-276

 

3/10-3/15 SPRING BREAK

 

3/17 10 Exam 2 Bridges, Chs. 4, 5, 6 & 12

3/19 Building Relationships Bridges, Ch. 11, pp. 519-534

3/21 Same and different Bridges, Ch. 11, pp. 534-551

 

3/24 11 The Story of Sarah Together, Ch. 11, pp. 551-559

3/26 When Black Women Talk With... Bridges, Ch. 11,pp. 559-567

3/28 Good Friday Holiday

 

3/31 12 What’s a Family Bridges, Ch. 7, pp. 287-300

    Our Friends, Ourselves Bridges, Ch. 7, pp. 325-338

4/2 Intimacy and Closeness Bridges, Ch. 7, pp. 300-318

4/4 Eating Mindfully, The Fifth Tuesday Bridges, Ch. 7, pp. 318-325

    In Search of an Ethics Bridges, Ch. 7, pp. 338-346

 

4/7 13 Intimate Relationships Bridges, Ch. 8, pp. 351-363

4/9 Moving Beyond Sex and Gender... Bridges, Ch. 8, pp. 363-374

    Gendered Standpoints... Bridges, Ch. 8, pp. 374-383

4/11 Making Marriage Work Bridges, Ch. 8, pp. 383-389

    How To Resolve Issues Unmemorably Bridges, Ch. 8, pp. 389-397

 

4/14 14 Messages that Hurt Bridges, Ch. 9, pp. 403-415

    Defensive Communication Bridges, Ch. 9, pp. 442-448

4/16 Deception, Betrayal and Aggression Bridges, Ch. 9, pp. 415-431

4/18 Patterns of Interactional Confirmation and.... Bridges, Ch. 9, pp. 431-442

 

4/21 15 Conflict and Interaction Bridges, Ch. 10, pp. 451-464

4/23 Lead into Gold Bridges, Ch. 10, pp. 464-471

    Communication Spirals..... Bridges, Ch. 10, pp. 471-486

4/25 Taking Responsibility without..... Bridges, Ch. 10, 486-596

    Handling the Breakup of..... Bridges, Ch. 10, 496-504

    New Forms of Eloquence Bridges, Ch. 10, 504-516.

 

4/28 16 Wrap Up

4/30 Final Exam Review Chs. 7-11.

 

VIII. COURSE REQUIREMENTS

 

Paper #1 (200 points)

3-5 page paper discussing your reflection of your self-assessment scores.

Paper #2 (200 points)

5-6 page paper analyzing a relationship(s) in terms of concepts presented in the text.

Individual presentations (200 points)

Students will lead discussion on two essays from Bridges, Not Walls. Students should prepare a short summary of the material in the essay and then prepare discussion questions for the class to consider. Students will make two presentations, one presentation from an essay selected from chapters 4, 5, 6 & 12, and the second presentation from an essay selected from chapters 7-11.

Exams (300 points)

Exams will be a combination of different types of questions, e.g., multiple choice, matching, short answer, and essay questions. There will be three exams as scheduled on the Course Outline with Course Assignments in this syllabus.

Class Participation (100 points)

As a good deal of the class is taught in a "discussion mode." class participation is essential to completion of the course assignments. For most units, there will be either general class discussion or small group discussion, and in-class exercises. Students who miss in-class exercises or small group discussions will lose points (there is no make up for missed in- class exercises or small group discussions).

 

IX. TEACHING STRATEGY

 

The teaching strategy adopted in this class could be best labeled an "experiential approach." Students are provided with reading material to read and learn and then bring their understanding of the material to the class in participatory discussion groups, guided in-class exercises, and general class discussion. Student's personal understanding of the material is built into the writing assignments and many of the exam questions. Detailed written instructions will be given to students prior to each major assignment.

 

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