Interpersonal Relations is a course designed to assist
students to improve effectiveness when relating with other people. Self-perception
theory and other perception theory provide a theoretical foundation for interpersonal
effectiveness. The development of self-awareness, critical thinking, communication
skills, and problem solving skills, is available through the use of chat
rooms, threaded discussion groups, e-mail correspondence, Net meeting, or on-campus
The course focus is on increasing interpersonal effectiveness when relating with others.
Interpersonal effectiveness is defined as to the degree to which the consequences of
a person's behavior match up with one's stated intentions.
The individual assigned lessons require participatory
activities which include the application of projective techniques, communication,
listening, and problem solving skills. Emphasis is on developing a
critical thinking which can be divided into four levels: (1) Knowledge, (2)
Self-Awareness, (3) Self-Critique, (4) Search for Self-Understanding.
- refers to taking a standardized personality inventory and other online
inventories designed to increase self-awareness.
Self-Awareness- refers to using projective techniques to assist
individuals to discover through a process of cognitive dissonance the contradiction
between doctrines and opinions regarding interpersonal relationships
Self-Critique- refers to assisting individuals that good thoughts
and opinions must be supported by good reasoning. Individuals begin to understand other
points of view and learn to evaluate complex issues.
Self-Understanding- refers to integrating through a
rational, objective method a means for understanding and accepting full
responsibility for one's interpersonal-phenomenology.
Students are required to complete individual assignments, a
standardized personality test, and to complete a final.
Each assignment is awarded points which
accumulate and equate to a letter grade
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