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The Dynamics of Interpersonal Relationships

Course Code: HUMD 1152
Faculty: Student and Enrolment Services
Department: Counselling
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course will provide the student with an opportunity to explore and understand the dynamics of interpersonal relationships. Self- awareness will be encouraged by examining personal type, values, needs and beliefs. Interpersonal communication skills such as self-disclosure, “I” messages, and active listening will be presented. Students will learn to apply new skills in their personal lives.

Course Content

  1. Understanding self and others
    1. Perception and the self
    2. Needs, values, attitudes and beliefs
    3. Communication styles
    4. Emotions
  1. Communication Skills

               a.   Non-verbal communication

               b.   Expressing thoughts and feelings  

               c.   Attending and observing skills

               d.   Active listening and responding with understanding

  1.  Relationship Development and Maintenance

              a.   The conversation process

              b.   Self-disclosure      

              c.    Trust, intimacy and power in relationships

              d.   The communication climate

              e.   Conflict resolution strategies

Methods of Instruction

Classes will be experiential in nature using a combination of short lectures, demonstrations, structured activities, and group discussions. Students will participate in exercises designed to focus on specific aspects of communication skills. Video and audio equipment may be used in practice and for evaluation purposes.

Means of Assessment

Due to the experiential nature of this course, attendance and participation in practicing skills, class discussions and activities are necessary to maximize the learning of the students. The specific inclusion and weighting of the following items will be determined by the instructor in accordance with college policy.


  1. Attendance and participation in class activities
  2. Completion of various assignments and exercises
  3. Quizzes
  4. Group Presentation and Process Record
  5. Personal Paper
  6. Video and audio tapes (demonstrations and /or role plays in which student practices communication skills taught in class).

Learning Outcomes

1. Recognize factors that are involved in establishing, developing and  maintaining relationships

2. Identify factors that affect relationships such as personal style, self-perception, values and needs

3. Recognize and demonstrate a variety of interpersonal skills

4. Recognize and use interpersonal skills in a one-to-one relationship

5. Discriminate between facilitative and non-facilitative interpersonal communication responses

6. Identify the difference between affect and content in their communication patterns

curriculum guidelines

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.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

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.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.