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MCM301 Communication Skills VU
6TNote: This is a non-graded activity. Its purpose is to enhance your command on the
subject. Its marks will not be included in your final assessment.
Contextual View
Learning Objectives:
• It will help students gain a better understanding of contextual view of interpersonal communication.
The contextual view of interpersonal communication completely ignores the relationships between communicators and considers the number of participants, their physical proximity, the sensory channels involved, the type of feedback and immediacy. Interpersonal communication does not happen in isolation. There are certain psychological, situational, environmental, cultural and relational factors involved in this type of communication.
Thoroughly read the following situations and identify the context they fall in and justify your identified context with comprehensive arguments. (5+5+5)
1. A new student at university communicates with his/her seniors in order to get help for assignments and projects. He is very strong in his moral values and sharp in studies. He doesn’t involve in hanging around and non-academic activities. He chooses a group of senior fellows who are high achievers in previous examination and always have serious concerns for their studies.
2. Ali and Hassan are peers. One fine morning they both meet in a garden and Ali tells his friend that he has arranged trip to a hill station for all friends. Hassan feels excited and he offers his car for this trip.
3. Two colleagues incidentally meet in a restaurant and they involve in a small chat.
Learning outcomes:
• They will learn different context and interpretation of interpersonal communication.
3TCommunication Skills MCM301
4TUDepartment of Mass Communication
4TUVirtual University of PakistanU 4T5TUSEMESTER FALL 2013
MCM301 Communication Skills VU
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The first one is Psychological context, 2nd one is relational and the last one should be situational. now you guys think about it and i will come up with my arguments in a bit.

OK now read the definitions of these contexts and analyze what is the requirement to fall in that particular context then try to relate each of the statement in the assignment with the contexts accordingly. whatever argument appears in your mind, try to write it down in your answers. thats about it. 

this assignment is graded or not!!!

yha non graded ha

it is graded

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Interpersonal communication is contextual

In other words, communication does not happen in isolation. There is:

  • Psychological context, which is who you are and what you bring to the interaction. Your needs, desires, values, personality, etc., all form the psychological context. ("You" here refers to both participants in the interaction.)
  • Relational context, which concerns your reactions to the other person--the "mix."
  • Situational context deals with the psycho-social "where" you are communicating. An interaction that takes place in a classroom will be very different from one that takes place in a bar.
  • Environmental context deals with the physical "where" you are communicating. Furniture, location, noise level, temperature, season, time of day, all are examples of factors in the environmental context.
  • Cultural context includes all the learned behaviors and rules that affect the interaction. If you come from a culture (foreign or within your own country) where it is considered rude to make long, direct eye contact, you will out of politeness avoid eye contact. If the other person comes from a culture where long, direct eye contact signals trustworthiness, then we have in the cultural context a basis for misunderstanding.

Relate the first statement with psychological context because it falls best in that category. The first statement relates with the definition of psychological context since it considers the personality, values, desires etc of the participants in the interaction. The first statement states that the individual is more education oriented, he doesnt want to waste his time in the non academic activities and wants to make friendship with the senior students who are good in studies. So you can clearly analyze that it is the personaly of this individual and the psychological context considers the personalities of individual in the interaction. this is how i have done, i hope you guys get a go and do the rest similarly. best of luck. 

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in my point of view :

ist statement is Psychological context

2nd statement  is Relational context

3rd statement is Situational context 

how can we write the arguments in this context ?

any one tell me  whats the arguments are.................

3rd case Relational Ho ga ya situational


situational and Environmental 


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