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COM 44 — The Art of Effective Interpersonal Communication

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Apr 4—Jun 6
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 17
Units: 2
Tuition: $525
Instructor(s): Marianne Neuwirth
Limit: 26
Status: Open
7:00—8:50 pm
Apr 4—Jun 6
10 weeks
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Apr 17
2 Units
Marianne Neuwirth
Healthy relationships are a cornerstone of a happy life, and their foundation is based on clear, effective, and compassionate communication. The good news is that these communication skills can be learned, and when you change your communication, you can change your life.

This course will focus on interpersonal communication in several contexts, including those with significant others, family, friends, and co-workers, as well as our own internal dialogues. We will address listening skills, basic conversational skills that lead to greater ease in interactions, gender differences, the role of technology, and how to use specific messages to express feelings and needs without implying judgment, criticism, or blame. We will also explore approaches to resolving conflict and dealing with power challenges through self-assertion.

In the course, you will develop communication competence with the aid of readings, videos, role-plays, interviews, individual and group presentations, and group exercises, along with reflecting on your performance and receiving feedback from others. By the end of the course, you will have a greater repertoire of responses to situations involving conflict, you will understand various approaches to listening, and you will know how to achieve greater happiness and contentment in your relationships.

Grade restriction: No letter grade

Marianne Neuwirth, Founder and Director, Oral Communication Programs, Menlo College; Communication Consultant

Marianne Neuwirth consults with international executives and various departments at Stanford, teaching storytelling and conflict resolution, and training researchers how to communicate their work publicly and conversationally in succinct and compelling ways. She received a PhD in communication from the University of Utah.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.