OPEN APR 29, 2022 – JUL 03, 2022 550 $
Communication/Cybernetics in the Church
Effective communication in a group requires an understanding of both group dynamics and also how different communication practices function. This course offers insight in the importance of both the spoken and written word, and also the effects of pictures, graphics, and typography. In the area of Cybernetics, individual roles within a group and effective interventions will also be introduced. The instruction will be heavily practice oriented.
TIME COMMITMENT6 HOURS PER WEEK
DURATION8 WEEKS + RESEARCH
PACETUTOR GUIDED
MODULSKILLS
COURSE LANGUAGEENGLISH
VIDEO TRANSCRIPTAVAILABLE IN ENGLISH
DIFFICULTYINTERMEDIATE
CREDIT HOURS2
TOTAL TIME40 HOURS IN TOTAL INCL. LECTURE AND RESEARCH

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What you´ll learn

Communication/Cybernetics: relational interaction, typical situations
Effective communication in a group requires an understanding of both group dynamics and also how different communication practices function. This course offers insight in the importance of both the spoken and written word, and also the effects of pictures, graphics, and typography. In the area of Cybernetics, individual roles within a group and effective interventions will also be introduced. The instruction will be heavily practice oriented.

Course Goals

  • The student describes the importance of communication skills of all kinds, e.g. spoken, written, graphic, media, and web.
  • The student articulates the construction and care of communication pathways, both in interpersonal relations and in church-related group work.

Preparatory and/or Class -related Tasks

  • Required reading (20 hours).
  • Communication simulation and practice during both instruction time and private study time.
OPEN APR 29, 2022 – JUL 03, 2022
550 $

Contents of the course in detail

Communication/Cybernetics: relational interaction, typical situations
  • What is communication, and in which areas of my pastoral ministry this communication have a significant role?
  • Which communication personalities are there, and with which ones do I most identify myself?
  • What are my strengths and weaknesses in the area of communication?
  • What is the “4-ear model” of communication?
  • Clothing, hairstyle, auto, furniture, etc.: everything communicates, so how do I design a communicated image well?
  • Written communication: how do I design the right text?
  • Advertising texts.
  • Composing a mailing so that I communicate what I really want to say.
  • How can my communication lead a person from point A to point B?
  • What is a negative communication?
  • What is manipulation and communication?
  • Applying pressure in communication: which kind of pressuring is important, and which kind is negative?
  • How do communication paths flow in a church? Where, above all, does that flow have to be right?
  • Which are the greatest mistakes concerning communication paths in the church?
  • Which aspects of communication can I delegate, and which should I not delegate?
  • What are Cybernetics?
  • How do I assert influence?
  • What asserts influence over me as a leader? How do I respond appropriately?
  • How do I establish a healthy balance between critique-culture and obedience?
  • What typical dynamics are found within a church?
  • Which basic needs and expectations to the people in my church have concerning me, and concerning the church as a whole?
  • What is the difference between a vision and a goal?
  • How do I communicate a vision, and how do I care for it and follow it?
  • How do I win others for a vision and for goal?
  • How do I create a positive atmosphere and positive culture?
  • What is a communication culture, and how do I care for and feed it?

Faculty

To be announced

Final exam

Online test

Evaluation and Grading

Class participation, including role-playing (40%).
Reflection on required reading (20%).
Final essay test (40%).

Preparatory tasks for the students

to be announced

Proof of achievement

to be announced

Required Reading

To be announced.

Additional Bibliography

To be announced.