Interpersonal Communication

This course is offered in Dutch. Some of the descriptions may therefore only be available in Dutch.

Course Objective

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

Course Content

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
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.

Teaching Methods

Workgroups and lectures

Method of Assessment

Written exam, final paper, and weekly assignments.


Hargie, O. (2016). Skilled Interpersonal Communication: Research, Theory
and Practice (6th edition). New York: Routledge. Approx. cost €35,-.
Stone, D., Patton, B. & Heen, S. (1999). Difficult conversations: How to
discuss what matters most. London: Penguin Books. (ISBN: 014 02.8852X
(original edition) or 978-0-14-311844-2 (new edition 2010).

The complete literature list will be published on Canvas at the start of
the course.

Additional Information

Attendance in workgroups is mandatory, attendance at lectures is
highly recommended. In order to pass this course, the examination and
final paper assignment have to be sufficient (minimum 5.5), the weekly
should also be sufficient.

General Information

Course Code S_IPC
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition Dutch
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator dr. C.J. Beukeboom
Examiner dr. C.J. Beukeboom
Teaching Staff dr. C.J. Beukeboom
M.J. Steijaert MSc
L.K.M. Berkelmans MSc

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group
Target audiences

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