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COM 44 — The Art of Effective Interpersonal Communication

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Apr 18—Jun 6
Time: 7:00—9:15 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 20
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $590
Instructor(s): Marianne Neuwirth
Limit: 30
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—9:15 pm (PT)
Apr 18—Jun 6
8 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 20
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Marianne Neuwirth
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.

Advanced-level proficiency in spoken English is required.

Oral Communication Coach, Consultant, and Trainer

Marianne Neuwirth coaches and consults with students at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and various other departments at Stanford, local professionals, and international executives, teaching leadership, persuasion, storytelling, public speaking, and conflict resolution skills and courses. She also trains researchers on 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.