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 his/her 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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