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COM 44 — The Art of Effective Interpersonal Communication

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 13—Mar 17
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Jan 15
Units: 2
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $560
Instructor(s): Marianne Neuwirth
Limit: 30
Status: Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Winter
Live Online(About Formats)
Wednesdays
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Jan 13—Mar 17
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 15
2 Units
Fees
$560
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Marianne Neuwirth
Limit
30
Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
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 fortify your communication, you enhance your life. This course will focus on in-person and online 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 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.

Prerequisite: Advanced-level proficiency in spoken English.

Marianne Neuwirth, Oral Communication Consultant

Marianne Neuwirth consults with local professionals, international executives, and various departments at Stanford, teaching leadership, persuasion, storytelling, public speaking, 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.
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