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Communication: Interpersonal Communication

Master’s level
7,5 credits (ECTS)


Like the field of interpersonal communication research, this course's
primary object-of-study are bodily forms of communication (e.g. speech,
gaze, gesture, facial expression, proxemics) used to communicate
relational meanings (e.g. familiarity, emotional disposition, power) in
face-to-face, non-mediated, non-institutionalized, small-group
communicative contexts. Various types of relation are considered in the
course (e.g. familial relations, friend relations, romantic relations,
co-worker relations). A particular focus is on relational-development
and relational-decay and phenomena central to these (e.g.
self-disclosure). In a smaller part, the course reflects a recent
development in the interpersonal communication field, considering the
effects of technology on interpersonal relationships and contexts, and
their important societal consequences (e.g. cyber-bullying and online
harassment, identity and ‘face’, long-distance romantic relationships).
An eclectic range of approaches and perspectives is adopted in the
course (e.g. linguistics, non-verbal studies, social psychology,
ethnography) so as to give as rich as possible consideration to the

Prerequisites and selection


To be eligible for the course the student must have a university education of 180 credits, of which a minimum of 90 credits in a major subject.