This course focuses on the development of self-awareness, increased understanding of others and development of effective interpersonal communication skills that can be used in a variety of care-giving contexts. Students will be encouraged to become more aware of the impact of their own communication choices and patterns. They will have opportunity to develop and use communication techniques that demonstrate personal awareness, respect, and active listening skills. Students are also introduced to, and encouraged to explore, concepts of culture and diversity as they relate to interpersonal communications and care-giving interactions.
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication and interpersonal communication processes
Knowledge of Self
Responding to Others
- use of specific communication skills
Conflict Management and Resolution
Multiculturalism and Diversity
Methods of Instruction
Group discussion/group activities
May include other methods (e.g. guest speakers, role play, etc.)
Means of Assessment
Course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College course evaluation policy. An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.
This is a graded course. A minimum mark of 65% is necessary to be successful in the course.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to :
- Identify the characteristics and qualities of effective interpersonal communications.
- Discuss the interrelationship between self-awareness, self-esteem, and perception as these relate to communication choices and patterns.
- Demonstrate effective, caring interpersonal communications with client/residents, colleagues and others.
- Apply self-reflections and self-appraisal processes in order to increase own effectiveness in interpersonal contexts.
- Identify the role of culture and diversity in interpersonal communications and care giving interactions.
HCSW 1101 + HCSW 1102 + HCSW 1104 + HCSW 1105
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system.
A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.
For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.
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