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Interpersonal Psychology (HUM101, LT)

Annotation

The course is designed for developing knowledge of the self and others in the process of interpersonal interaction and to build corresponding skills. Main concepts of interpersonal psychology are introduced, influence of cultural contexts, as well as understanding of self-concept, self-esteem, and impression formation. Processes of verbal, nonverbal and listening interaction are analyzed.

The importance of emotional interaction skills in everyday life is discussed, accenting development of abilities to create and develop relationship and to resolve conflicts. Practical sessions involve self-tests, student analyze their own personal characteristics, build self-confidence and provide choices by which personal actions can be controlled. The course explicitly involves ethical issues of interpersonal psychology, such as culture and ethics, lying, gossiping, jealousy, non-ethical fighting and others.

Upon completion of this course, students should know the basic features of interactions, and be able to analyze reasons for social behavior by individuals, as well as their own personal internal processes, which should lead to effective managerial practices in their post-graduate activities. The behaviors of mindfulness, cultural sensitivity, immediacy, empathy, assertiveness, openness, expressiveness as well as creativity will be developed during the course, too.

Aim

The course aims to provide students with information, needed to become cognate of the self and others, know the factors for successful interactions, as well as to encourage formation of skills for effective interactions and understanding of the self and others in practice. Special emphasis is placed on development of ethical awareness in interpersonal psychology and creativity.

Learning outcomes

  • To  identify, define, and illustrate interpersonal psychological concepts, theories and research.
  • To evaluate and explain how concepts relate to application in the processes of interpersonal interaction, give examples.
  • To combine and apply concepts, theories and research to improve functioning of individuals and groups in a variety of situations.
  • To explain ethical problems from an interpersonal psychology perspective.
  • To reflect on creativity in action.
  • To participate in group projects applying social competence skills.
  • To understand how to work better in a team.
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