PSYCHOLOGY OF COMMUNICATION
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to provide students with the theoretical concepts and practical instruments in order to understand the most important communication methods and their meaning.
Course contents summary
The course will be conducted by analysing communication, starting with research data, discussing concepts and the main lines of interpretation with students, and by using the tool of role-play.
The following topics will be explored:
Personality and adaptation;
Needs and motivation;
The voice and the body and how they communicate with others;
Communicative competence: linguistic, paralinguistic, kinesics, proxemics, social-cultural;
Communication: the process and the variables, the ability to send and interpret messages, elements and functions, axioms;
Metacommunication: nonverbal and paraverbal channels, proxemics, appearance, posture, expressions, gestures, look, body orientation, handshakes;
Analysis of: protected zones and parts of the body which are more expressive, styles of behaviour, assertivity, personal rights charter, protection abilities, listening and supporting techniques.
Saginario M.G., L’universo della comunicazione, Edizioni Santa Croce, 2006
Recommended reading: Dyer W., Prendi la vita nelle tue mani, Biblioteca Universale Rizzoli, 2004
Lectures, including discussion and classroom exercises with students, and the use of audiovisual support.