Interpersonal Relations

Base Knowledge

Not applicable.

Teaching Methodologies

The methodology used aims the development of interpersonal relationship’s skills and reflection around its importance for personal well being, professional success and citizen actions. These methodologies are active, student centered and based on group activities and tasks. The contents are presented and developed with several features. Assessment is by ongoing evaluation or by examination. The first takes place during the semester and may involve individual written tests, reflective learning portfolio or project, individual or group (weight up to 60% of the final grade). This assessment also includes the participation in classes and proposed activities, demonstrating critical thinking skills, initiative, scientific rigor, organization, creativity, involvement and progress in the process (weight up to 40% of the final grade). Another possibility is the assessment by examination: it is a written test dealing on the whole summarized matters, to be held at the end of the semester.

Learning Results

Students shall develop skills, on both academic and professional contexts, such as: relationship and cooperation in multidisciplinary work groups or teams and with diversified publics; conflict and emotional management; oral expression and communication; assertivity and critical view; resilience; optimism; social responsibility; leadership. Students must achieve knowledge on the following subjects: social and personal variables which can affect personal development; social psychology concepts to understand human relationships in labour contexts; methods and strategies for interpersonal relationship aiming well-being; concepts related to cultural diversity and cultural biases, justice, leadership and conflict negotiation.


Topic 1 – Self-knowledge and personal development
Self-knowledge; self-concept; self-efficacy; and self-esteem
Emotional intelligence
Resilience and personal control
Topic 2 – Personal relationship and effective communication
Interpersonal relations in labour context
Communication and relational styles
Bases of effective communication
Topic 3 – Cooperation and Leadership
Conformism and persuasion
Cooperation and team work
Leadership and qualities of leaders.

Curricular Unit Teachers

Grading Methods

  • - exam - 100.0%
Continuing Evaluation
  • - group dynamics exercise - 20.0%
  • - Group project - 50.0%
  • - class participation - 30.0%




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