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Interpersonal Communication


This curricular unit crosses several disciplinary areas, being central for the CC degree. The theoretical approaches presented in class allow the analysis of current communication phenomena. 
Allows to understand and analyse phenomena of interpersonal communication and understand their dynamics in situations. Develop an articulated and critical perspective on different frameworks of analysis of social behaviour.



Communication Science and Culture

Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS

| Semestral | 6

Year | Type of course unit | Language

1 |Mandatory |Português



Recommended complementary curricular units

The UC seeks to be linked to all the other UC of the curricular structure of this First Cycle in CC, highlighting its interdisciplinarity.

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1. Communication as relational process; communication functions

2. Interpersonal communication.

II. Social interaction and interpersonal communication ¿ theories and approaches  

1. Notion of reciprocity and the social interchange.Marcel Mauss.

2. Interaction and sociability. Georg Simmel perspective.  

3. Communication as interaction. North-American pragmatism, symbolic interaccionism and Chicago School. 

4. Face to face relation and situated behaviour. Erving Goffman perspective.

5. Performative dimension of language. 

6. Human communication pragmatics and Palo Alto School. 

7. H. Garfinkel and etnomethodology: Situated character and formal characteristics of practical activities

8. Communication ethnography 

9. Social Information processes and impression formation: social cognition; heuristics, schemes and guidelines

10. Social influence processes: normalization, conformity, obedience and innovation


Understand the investigation of communicative relations as relations and social interactions and realize the connection of speeches and actions in their context of occurrence and their situations.  Know the theoretical perspectives of pragmatic of human communication treatment and the social communicative relations. Understand and analyse interpersonal communication phenomena and comprehend their dynamic in circumstance.

Develop a critical and articulated perspective about diverse frameworks of social behaviour.

Regarding skills, the main aim is the acquirement of characterization and guidelines of interpersonal communication skills. Identification of problems of human communication and acquirement of communicative skills. Understand how interpersonal communication is dynamic and how it connects with situations.

Teaching methodologies and assessment

The curricular unit will be taught using a diversified set of pedagogical methods, working the several domains of knowledge: - Expositive method - transmission of theoretical knowledge in the classroom; - Interrogative and active methods - debates

The evaluation of the UC is continuous with final exam and will consist of 3 components:

- 1 individual work (40%): Critical reading a scientific article that fits in the curricular unit program. To be handed in during the semester, on a date to be decided on the first day of classes.

- 1 group work (40%) with oral and written presentation on the analysis of a communicative phenomenon in the light of approaches and authors discussed in class. To be handed in during the semester, on a date to be decided on the first day of classes.

- Participation and attendance (20%), with the completion of various exercises during the sessions. 



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BITTI, P.R. e ZANI, B. (1997). A comunicação como processo social. Lisboa: Ed. Estampa. 

Vala, J. & Monteiro, M.B. (coords.). Psicologia Social. Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. 

GARFINKEL, H. (1984). Studies in Ethnomethodology [1967], Cambridge : Polity Press.

GOFFMAN, E. (1999). A representação do eu na vida quotidiana. Petropolis:Vozes. 

GUMPERZ, J. y HYMES D. (1964). "The ethnography of communication". American Antropologist 66. 6. 

MARC, E. (1998). ¿Palo Alto: l¿École de la communication¿, in CABIN, P. (coor.) (1998), La communication. État des savoirs. Paris : Éditions Sciences Humaines, pp.132-133. 

MAUSS, M. (2001). Ensaio sobre a dádiva [1950], Lisboa: Edições 70. 

SIMMEL, G. (1999). Sociologie [1908]. Paris: PUF.

WATZLAWICK, BEAVIN, JACKSON (2000). Pragmática da comunicação humana. São Paulo: Cultrix¿¿¿¿¿

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Quintas-feiras, das 14h30 às 16h30, mediante marcação prévia