Interpersonal Communication

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Interpersonal Communication

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Communication Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    After completion of this course, the student has:
    • knowledge of the scientific theories and findings in the area of IPC;
    • knowledge of the different methods of research in the field of IPC;
    • knowledge of the factors and processes involved in IPC;
    • understanding of the skills needed for successful communication (resulting in e.g. agreement or intimacy);
    After completion of this course, the student is able to:
    • recognise when and why IPC results in negative outcomes (e.g. misunderstandings or conflict);
    • relate the knowledge gained to the daily interpersonal interactions that he/she observes.

    Although we have many interpersonal interactions every day - or perhaps precisely because of this - we are often not aware of the processes that determine their course and outcome. The course interpersonal communication (IPC) introduces you to the scientific knowledge in this area. IPC basically focuses on everyday communication between people. Scientific research has studied several Important questions about IPC: How do we come to understand each other? How do misunderstandings arise and how can one prevent them? What is the influence of the communication medium on the course of a conversation? How do interaction partners perceive each other and how does this influence their behavior? How do verbal and non-verbal messages affect interactions? Which factors determine whether intimacy arises and what determines whether someone is persuasive? In the course we will look at IPC in both face-to-face and
    mediated contexts (e.g. social media), and we will analyze the differences. By means of the literature and the lectures you will gain
    insight into a broad field of scientific knowledge and research in the field of IPC. In the workgroups and weekly assignments, this knowledge will be applied to practical situations.

    Workgroups and lectures

    Written exam, final paper, and weekly assignments.

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