Loving well requires communicating well. This course seeks to improve students' ability to listen in a focused way to another person and to speak in ways that communicate more effectively – both essential to loving well. Students will become more aware of how one's style of communicating affects whether his or her love is believable. Communicating is most challenging in matters where we are most different from our loved one. Information can help us recognize and better understand our different needs without judging them. Therefore the course will examine some important insights from psychology and physiological science about human needs and tendencies and love. This will include current research findings (science and social science) on male-female differences.
Students will learn and understand the principles, theories, and some of the practical applications of effective face to face communication. Students will also become aware of how effective communication develops in relationships such as within families, and among coworkers and friends.
The course examines written and oral forms of business communication, from memos and letters to research proposals and reports. Flexibility in addressing diverse audiences and human resource issues is a focus. The construction of resumes, cover letters, job interviews, and formal presentations is also emphasized.
This course is designed to integrate recent leadership ideas and practices with established research findings focusing on the development of leadership qualities in the student. Valuable ideas such as leadership vision, individual courage, ethical and moral issues, leading change, leading a learning organization, the differences between leadership and management, leadership and multiculturalism, a leader's personal capacity for mind, heart and spirit, followership and shaping values and culture are examined. In addition, the direct involvement of the student in the design and development of his/her leadership style is encouraged.
This course emphasizes the written and oral presentation of research findings for business and professional management audiences. Students identify problems, outline strategies and develop proposals, feasibility studies, or other reports in their areas of study, training, and career interest. The course concludes with presentation and evaluation of major projects.
This course involves experiential learning of leadership, interpersonal communication, and conference activities. Students develop and present individual and group programs based on issues and policies within their degree programs, and/or professional and civic organizations.