INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

CTA 162.41
Summer II 2008
Hugh McCarney
B 213
837-8254
MCCARNEYH@WCSU.EDU

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Text: Selected readings as indicated

SCHEDULE

Date Reading Work Due
5/26 Holiday
5/27 Read Mark Underwood, "The Shannon-Weaver Model" (www.cultsock.ndirect.co.uk/MUHome/cshtml/introductory/sw.html)
5/28 Read "Web Ethics" (virtual.clemson.edu/groups/INTERCOM/format.htm#Ethics)
5/29 Read W. Huitt "Self-Concept and Self-Esteem" (chiron.valdosta.edu/whuitt/col/regsys/self.html) Prepare first paper
6/2
1st PAPER DUE
6/3 Read "Self Disclosure" (www.abacon.com/commstudies/interpersonal/indisclosure.html)

6/4 Read Walt Wolfram "Sociolinguistics" (www.lsadc.org/info/ling-fields-socio.cfm)
6/5 Read "Politeness and Gender" (logos.uoregon.edu/explore/socioling/gender.html)
"More Gender Speech Issues" (logos.uoregon.edu/explore/socioling/gender2.html)
6/9 Read Steven Lewis, "Structural Differential" (http://www.mcckc.edu/~lewis/mystrucd.htm)
and "A General Semantics Perspective on 'Critical Thinking'" (http://www.mcckc.edu/~lewis/crithink.htm)
2nd PAPER DUE

6/10 Read "The Body Language of Proxemics " (members.aol.com/katydidit/bodylang.htm)
6/11 Read Claude Steiner, "TRANSACTIONAL ANALYSIS" (www.emotional-literacy.com/ta.htm)
6/12 Read Nicola Hay "Double Bind and Paradoxical Communication" www.envf.port.ac.uk/illustration/images/vlsh/dbpc.htm and
Marion Stricker "The Nature of the Pattern and the Double-Bind" www.exmormon.org/pattern/nature.htm
6/16 Read Em Griffin, "Social Exchange Theory of John Thibaut & Harold Kelley"
www.afirstlook.com/archive/socialexchange.cfm?source=archther
Bring one whole lemon to class
3rd PAPER DUE
6/17


6/18
Read David K. Levine, "Economic and Game Theory What is Game Theory?" levine.sscnet.ucla.edu/general/whatis.htm

6/19
6/23 Stephen Colbert interview with Deborh Tannen (Jan 16, 2008)
4th PAPER DUE
6/24


6/25


6/26

Course Evaluation

Grades are based on demonstrated understanding and application of the communication principles presented in the readings and in class. The vehicles for this demonstration include the papers and class participation.

All papers in this course present the same problem. You will be shown a TV program in class. Your task is to use a theory or model to explain the communication that takes place in the show--that is, account for WHY things happen as they do. Simply describing what happens is not satisfactory. The paper will be due at the BEGINNING of the class following the viewing, and must be submitted by email.

The best three grades will be used as a component of the final grade.

Papers must conform to accepted conventions of spelling, grammar, and usage. Be sure to include a thesis statement, and limit yourself to discussing one idea per paragraph.

Late work will not be accepted without a physician's statement.

Because of the participatory nature of the course, more than two absences will likely result in a "W" for the course.

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