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Jessica Harvey
COM 472
Seattle Campus

Empirical Approaches to Interpersonal Communication

Examination of theories and research on the development and deterioration of interpersonal relationships. Emphasis on the nature of interpersonal interaction, the role of language and nonverbal communication in relationships, functional and dysfunctional interaction patterns, and the dynamics of interpersonal networks.

Class description

The course will explore the study of interpersonal communication, including some of the different areas of research (e.g., family communication) and various theories of interpersonal communication (e.g., uncertainty reduction theory). It will also address interpersonal communication by examining different types of relationships, from the development of romantic relationships, to relationships with family members, co-workers, acquaintances, and friends.

The course will begin with an overview of the study of interpersonal communication and move on to discuss interpersonal communication theories. The next section of the class will focus on relational communication, family communication, and the darker side of interpersonal communication. The final section of the course will focus on applied interpersonal communication.

Student learning goals

Students should understand the major theories in interpersonal communication

Students should be more critical of interpersonal communication that occurs in their lives

Students should have a better understanding of the roles of interpersonal communication across contexts

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jessica Harvey
Date: 03/16/2011