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Nonverbal Communication

Professor, Alisa Shubb

Office 241 AOBIV, hours: MW 5:00

Phone: during office hours 752-1227, off hours 916/484-8468

Objectives:

This course provides an examination of the encoding, decoding processes, and interaction patterns associated with all forms of human nonverbal communicative behavior. At the conclusion of the course, students should be able to recognize forms of nonverbal communication, understand the possible communicative implications of nonverbal behavior, and predict the outcomes of and possibly manage nonverbal interactions. To the extent that the readings in this course center around current and classic social scientific studies of specific nonverbal behaviors, students will learn to analyze and evaluate nonverbal communication research studies and theory papers.

Grading:

Course grades will be determined by the results of three multiple choice exams covering both readings and lecture materials, and a demonstrated willingness to participate and contribute to class discussion activities.

Midterm #1 30%

Midterm #2 30%

Midterm #3 30%

Leadership & participation 10%

Policies:

Text:

The Nonverbal Communication Reader: Classic and Contemporary Readings, 2nd Edition, Laura K. Guerrero, Joseph A. DeVito, Michael L. Hecht. Waveland Press, 1999.

Course Calendar and Reading Schedule

Monday

Wednesday

4/3

Introduction to Course

Read chapters 1, 2

4/5

The Body Language Myth

Read chapters: 5, 19

4/10 Encoding Nonverbal Comm.

Nonverbal Codes

Read intro. to sections A,B,C,D,E

4/12

Nonverbal Codes

Read chapters: 4, 7, 17, 23, 27

4/17

Nonverbal Functions

Read chapters: 46, 47

4/19

Midterm Exam #1

4/24 Decoding Nonverbal Comm.

Channel Reliance

Read chapters: 32, 41

4/26

Decoding Processes

Read chapters: 39, 50

5/1

Interpretation systems

(stereotyping)

Read chapters: 12, 18, 14, 44

5/3

Interpretation systems

(culture)

Read chapters: 20, 28, 45

5/8

Interpretation systems

(gender and personality)

Read chapter: 9

5/10

Context

Read chapters: 21, 29, 30, 31, 43

5/15

Midterm Exam #2

5/17 Interaction Patterns

Principles of Interaction

Read chapters: 48, 49, 51

5/22

Connection

Read chapters: 6, 8, 33, 35, 37

5/24

Intimacy

Read chapters: 23, 24, 34, 36

5/29

HOLIDAY

5/31

Status and Power

Read chapters: 10, 22, 38

6/5

Identity and Roles

Reading TBA

6/7

Midterm Exam #3