CMST 285 Nonverbal Communication • 5 Cr.
Examines non-verbal behavior and its role in the communication process. Topics include body language, space, touch, dress, and cultural norms. Students analyze their own non-verbal communication techniques.
After completing this class, students should be able to:Describe the transactional model of communication and discuss its relationship to nonverbal communication. Identify the criteria of a competent communicator and be able to self-evaluate one's own nonverbal behavior in terms of personal strengths and challenges in relationship to those criteria in a variety of contexts. Describe the nonverbal factors that shape one's perception and interpretation of people and events. Describe & apply the major codes of nonverbal communication in a variety of contexts. Explain the differences between verbal and nonverbal linguistics. Identify situations in which one has experienced communication failure due to poor nonverbal language skills and discuss methods to improve future interactions. Analyze the influence of sex, gender and culture on nonverbal communication.