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COM 89 — The Heart of Connection: Build a Loving Relationship through Authentic Communication

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jul 11—Aug 8
Time: 5:00—7:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 13
Unit: 1
Tuition: $425
Instructor(s): Shelley Giacalone, Leslyn McCallum
Limit: 40
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
5:00—7:30 pm (PT)
Jul 11—Aug 8
5 weeks
Refund Date
Jul 13
1 Unit
Shelley Giacalone, Leslyn McCallum
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
If your love relationship is the North Star that guides your life, how do you make sure it’s stable and strong? The most successful relationships rely on partners' effective communication and willingness to grow and change. As with most skills, this healthy communication can be learned and honed with practice. Can you recognize and appreciate what is working well in your relationship? When there is stress, can you face it constructively? When your partner needs your support, can you offer it? This course is designed for individuals and couples who want to strengthen their communication, shore up blind spots in their awareness of each other, and foster ongoing respect and affection.

In this interactive course, you will build the skills needed to strengthen your relationship using modern communication and psychology research. Through lively lectures, case studies, role-plays, and partner collaborations, students will explore mindful listening and conflict management techniques as well as specific relational communication concepts. By the end of this course, you will be able to recognize healthy communication patterns, discover your own conflict styles, acknowledge communication barriers, and share a deeper connection with your partner for a healthy, long-lasting, and harmonious relationship.

Communication Studies Professor, San Jose City College

Shelley Giacalone has been teaching communication courses in higher education for 17 years, and she created the San Jose City College "Let Your Life Speak" event. She is also a public speaking coach, keynote speaker, and communication skills workshop facilitator. She received an MA in speech communication and rhetoric from San Jose State.

Former Professor in Communication Studies, San Jose City College

Leslyn McCallum has been teaching relational communication and skills for 31 years. She received a Distinguished Faculty Award in 2020 from San Jose City College. In addition to being an educator, she is a public speaking coach, keynote speaker, and communication skills workshop facilitator. She received an MA in communication from the University of Nevada, Reno.