In lesson one, we will examine the foundations of Interpersonal Communication. You will need to be familiar with:
- Why we communicate
- Transactional model of communication (see graph)
- Principles of communication
- Misconceptions of communication
- Characteristics of a competent communicator.
You can learn more about these concepts here: Interplay. Read through the information, be familiar with these concepts, then watch the first episode of Outlander on Starz, or read the first four chapters of Outlander (or both!). You may even want to make notes about the concepts and how they are depicted in the episode.
Then, answer one or more of these questions in the comments below:
- How are the social needs of communication met in this episode? Physical needs? Identity needs? Practical needs? Give specific examples.
- How do Claire and the Highlanders represent the transactional model, particularly at the cabin? What noises are present? How do their environments affect this interaction?
- What principles of communication are exhibited in the episode? Provide the principle and a specific scene.
- What misconceptions of communication are exhibited in the episode? Provide the misconception and a specific scene.
- Is Claire a competent communicator? If so, what characteristics of competence does she exhibit? If not, why not?
- How can you use what you have learned in this lesson in your life and relationships? Be as specific as you feel comfortable sharing.
I look forward to seeing your answers and comments on this lesson.
Thank you for participating!
Our next lesson: Castle Leoch & Culture