Unwritte Rules: Social Skills Decoded

Being in social situations is easy for some people, but for many, it’s complicated. It can be hard to know what to do or what to say— sometimes it seems like everyone was given a script for life, except for us! In this course, we will explore what is commonly expected in most social situations. We’ll learn about self-awareness, self-esteem, and how to embrace your unique identity. We will discuss communication, boundaries, and other strategies for social success— while still staying true to yourself.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

1. Define and recognize commonly accepted "social skills"

2. Explore different parts of your identity and how it impacts/is impacted by social settings

3. Identify commonly accepted social cues, including facial expression, body language, voice tone & volume, and personal space

4. Recall social norms and hidden social "rules"

5. Understand how your communication choices, both verbal and nonverbal, may be perceived by others

6. Practice identifying and communicating needs to others

7. Define boundaries, both physical and emotional, and practice setting and respecting boundaries

8. Explore how to maintain your boundaries so you can be your authentic self, even when it goes against what is commonly accepted as a "social skill"



  • Unit 1: What Are Social Skills?
  • Unit 2: All About Me
  • Unit 3: Social Cues
  • Unit 4: Communication
  • Unit 5: Setting & Respecting Boundaries