Course Details for Prof. Krista Kimmel - Winter - 2019-20

Communication in Context: Relationships and Royals

Faculty:
Prof. Krista Kimmel (More Info)

Course:
Communication in Context: Relationships and Royals

Program Dates:

Honors Credit:
None

WKU Course:
TBA

Discipline(s):
Communication

Course Description:
Enhance your relational communication skills in London, one of the most thrilling, cosmopolitan, and diverse cities in the world. With the city as our classroom, we will study a variety of relational communication concepts, including relationship development and dissolution; conflict; listening; and verbal and nonverbal expression. Immerse yourself in London's rich cultural traditions by exploring sites such as Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, the British Museum and Warner Brothers Studios Harry Potter Tour. Through different forms of performance, we will examine various relational communication concepts. This course is relevant to any student seeking to improve their relational communication skills.

Prerequisites:
None

Physical Activity Requirements:
Expect 4-6 miles of walking on class days.

Course Highlights:
  1. This course is designed for communication majors, but is applicable to students with varied majors, including education, business, the social sciences, or healthcare.
  2. Enhance your relational communication skills in London, one of the most thrilling, cosmopolitan, and diverse cities in the world. With the city as our classroom, we will study a variety of relational communication concepts, including relationship development and dissolution, conflict, listening, and verbal and nonverbal expression. Immerse yourself in London’s rich cultural traditions by exploring sites such as Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, and the British Museum. Through different forms of performance, we will examine various relational communication concepts.
  3. In this course students will:
    • Acquire the relational competence needed to be effective communicators in virtually any profession in a modern, global society.
    • Learn practical, relevant relational theories applicable across myriad contexts (e.g. education, business).
    • Through various performances, we will explore relationship concepts such conflict management with family, friends, and significant others.
    • Examine the relationship between verbal and nonverbal messages and communication.
    • Using the Royal Family as our example, we will examine relationship development and dissolution.
    • Gain an appreciation for a culture different from one’s own by walking through the streets of London and experiencing its rich history and artistic tradition. Potential site visits may include the Buckingham Palace, Warner Brothers Studio, The British Museum, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London.