Communication in Context: Relationships and Royals

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Dr. Jennifer Fairchild is a Professor of Communication at Eastern Kentucky University. Having earned her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Kentucky in December 2009, Dr. Fairchild continues to extend her dissertation research involving women’s narrative reconstruction post-miscarriage and the social support offered to women post-miscarriage. Dr. Fairchild teaches a wide variety of courses, including interpersonal communication, health communication, communication, leadership and change, intercultural communication, and gender and communication. Her dissertation work has been presented at meetings of the National Communication Association and the Southern States Communication Association. Her research also has been featured in such journals as PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement, Illness, Crisis, and Loss, Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Journal of Effective Teaching, and Communication Center Journal. Dr. Fairchild is the 2017 recipient of the Excellence in Online Teaching Award, presented by the Office of e-Campus Learning at Eastern Kentucky University. She is also the recipient of the EKU Student Government Association’s “Most Outstanding Distinguished Educational Leader Award” which was presented to her in May 2018.

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Faculty:
Dr. Jennifer L. Fairchild (More Info)

Course:
Communication in Context: Relationships and Royals

Program Dates:
December 26, 2019 —January 08, 2020

Honors Credit:
None

WKU Course:
TBA

Discipline(s):
Communication

Course Description:
Enhance your relational communication skills in London, one of the most thrilling, cosmopolitan, and diverse cities in the world. With the city as our classroom, we will study a variety of relational communication concepts, including relationship development and dissolution; conflict; listening; and verbal and nonverbal expression. Immerse yourself in London's rich cultural traditions by exploring sites such as Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, the British Museum and Warner Brothers Studios Harry Potter Tour. Through different forms of performance, we will examine various relational communication concepts. This course is relevant to any student seeking to improve their relational communication skills.

Prerequisites:
None

Physical Activity Requirements:
Expect 4-6 miles of walking on class days.

Course Highlights:
This course is designed for communication majors, but is applicable to students with varied majors, including education, business, the social sciences, or healthcare. Enhance your relational communication skills in London, one of the most thrilling, cosmopolitan, and diverse cities in the world. With the city as our classroom, we will study a variety of relational communication concepts, including relationship development and dissolution, conflict, listening, and verbal and nonverbal expression. Immerse yourself in London’s rich cultural traditions by exploring sites such as Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, and the British Museum. Through different forms of performance, we will examine various relational communication concepts. In this course students will:
  • Acquire the relational competence needed to be effective communicators in virtually any profession in a modern, global society.
  • Learn practical, relevant relational theories applicable across myriad contexts (e.g. education, business).
  • Through various performances, we will explore relationship concepts such conflict management with family, friends, and significant others.
  • Examine the relationship between verbal and nonverbal messages and communication.
  • Using the Royal Family as our example, we will examine relationship development and dissolution.
  • Gain an appreciation for a culture different from one’s own by walking through the streets of London and experiencing its rich history and artistic tradition. Potential site visits may include the Buckingham Palace, Warner Brothers Studio, The British Museum, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower of London.