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COM 44 — The Art of Effective Interpersonal Communication

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Wednesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Jan 26—Mar 16
Time: 7:00—9:15 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jan 28
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $550
Instructor(s): Marianne Neuwirth
Limit: 30
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—9:15 pm (PT)
Jan 26—Mar 16
8 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 28
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Marianne Neuwirth
Registration opens Nov 29, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
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.

Oral Communication Coach, Consultant, and Trainer

Marianne Neuwirth coaches and consults with local professionals, international executives, and various departments at Stanford, teaching leadership, persuasion, storytelling, public speaking, and conflict resolution skills and courses. She also trains 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.