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Nonverbal Communication

Course NumberCOM 224W
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisites: READING LEVEL 2 and WRITING LEVEL 2. Focuses on nonverbal communication as it relates to interpersonal social, business and professional behavior. Analyzes kinesics, facial affect, eye contact, body movement and posture, physical characteristics, haptics, chronemics, proxemics, artifacts and environment. Discusses the prevalent theories underlying nonverbal behavior. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Explore the approaches to nonverbal communication study, define nonverbal communication and its characteristics and functions.
  1. Debate the role and origin of nonverbal communication as a field of study and within cultural contexts.
  2. Display the six major functions of nonverbal communication.
  3. Distinguish between the characteristics of verbal and nonverbal behavior.

Relate body shapes, types, and sizes to nonverbal behavior.
  1. List three factors which affect an individual's body concept.
  2. List and describe the three body types and their corresponding psychological types as suggested by Sheldon's system of analysis.
  3. Complete Sheldon's assessment instrument to ascertain their psychological predisposition and compare it to his/her self-described body type.
  4. Describe the effects of attractiveness on persuasive ability, courtship choices, and interaction behavior and bring examples of each to class for discussion.

Understand the communicative value of clothing and personal artifacts across many situations and contexts.
  1. Provide examples of artifacts and clothing and explain how they affect the perceptions of others.
  2. Discuss and differentiate the four communication situations that exist with regard to intention of a message.
  3. List and discuss the functions of clothing.
  4. Design and conduct research within a group to demonstrate specific examples of how clothing affects the wearer and observer.
  5. Debate the purpose and effects of dress codes.
  6. Explain how clothing affects the social impression of others.
  7. Model and simulate how stereotypes are influenced by clothing artifacts.

Explore the two major perspectives in kinesics research and the major categories of kinesics.
  1. Contrast and debate the two major perspectives in kinesics research.
  2. Define and display nonverbally in dyads the five major categories of body movement.
  3. Identify and model examples of turn-taking cues.
  4. Provide and discuss in-class examples of nonverbal behaviors that contribute to gender stereotyping.
  5. Assess the effectiveness of the sic major solutions to posture/body problems.

Explain how facial expressions and eye behavior communicate important messages to others.
  1. Discuss the major points of the debate concerning the universality of facial expressions.
  2. Identify and perform the seven basic emotions from facial expressions in dyads.
  3. Distinguish among types of facial expressions and eye behaviors.

Define and give examples of the communicative aspects of environment, personal space, and territoriality.
  1. Discuss and demonstrate in groups as well as in visual renderings their personal space and Knapp's six dimensions of environment.
  2. Demonstrate in class how color, lighting, music, table shape, and seating behaviors relate to power, status, intimacy, dominance, friendliness, and interaction behavior.
  3. Give examples of and distinguish between the types of territories and the factors that influence territoriality.
  4. Define personal space and demonstrate the characteristics of personal space.

Explore the communicative value of touch, smell and taste in various settings and contexts.
  1. Explain the importance of touch, the categories of touch, and discuss amount and type of touch as it relates to culture, age, and gender differences.
  2. Demonstrate the five types of messages that touch communicates in a variety of different cultural and social contexts.
  3. Demonstrate and distinguish between odors and taste and discuss the factors that influence odors and taste.
  4. Discuss five evaluative criteria that are associated with food preferences.
  5. Discuss the impact of cultural influences on preference for tastes and smells.

Focus on vocal characteristics and qualities and the messages and meanings they convey to others.
  1. Define paralinguistic and distinguish among categories cues, vocal characterizers, vocal qualifiers, and vocal segregates.
  2. Conduct research on the effects of vocal characteristics and related variables.
  3. Discuss the influence of vocal cues on the detection of deception and analyze related video clips.
  4. Demonstrate the role of silence in the communication process.

Recognize cultural differences regarding body movement, facial expression, touch, and chronemics.
  1. Identify and demonstrate cultural differences in body movement, facial expression, and touch in several different cultural and sub cultural contexts.
  2. Define diversity and debate the importance of nonverbal literacy in today's world.
  3. Develop guidelines for ethical nonverbal communication in a multicultural world.
  4. Display cultural differences in the conception and use of time.
  5. Identify psychological time orientations and distinguish among the physical, sensitivity, and intellectual chronemic cycles as they relate to their individual preferences and self-assessed patterns.

Utilize writing to promote learning of all of the above Outcomes and Objectives.

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