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Comm 210. Interpersonal Communication
is the study of face-to-face interaction and the creation of meaningful
relationships. In this course, we will explore and develop five areas
of interpersonal communication skill: interpretive competence, self
competence, role competence, goal competence, and message competence.
Topics include family systems, self identity, intimate relationships,
gender issues, power, language, and non-verbal communication.
Comm 320. Family Communication
We create families through communication: by sharing meanings with others, socializing children, making decisions, handling conflict, and developing family rituals. This course focuses on the various communication processes that shape families, blending academic and personal perspectives.
This course provides a comprehensive view of persuasion by analyzing how persuasion operates at both an interpersonal and a social level. The analysis of persuasive contexts includes discussions of popular culture, news media, advertising, cults, social movements, politics, law, families and interpersonal relationships. The study of persuasion will be applied to personal communication skills such as: the production of ethical persuasive messages, and critical media literacy skills.
This course addresses the social construction of inequality,
specifically focusing on how communication processes are the means
by which gender, race, class, nationality, culture and ethnicity are
and are also the means by which individuals can resist personal participation
in perpetuating systems of inequality. Through encountering multicultural
experiences, interviewing people in different social positions, and
engaging in exercises and simulations, we will learn to broaden our self-identities
and our understanding of others by learning about the experiences,
and views of people in social situations different from our own. Note:
this course is cross-listed with Women's Studies.
372. Gender Communication
There are a number of different ways of knowing incorporated in communication research. This part of Communication 460 will focus on social scientific studies that contribute to our knowledge and understanding of communication. We will first address the status of theory and research in several areas that are reluctant to your personal lives: marriage, family, persuasion, interpersonal competence, conflict, intercultural communication, and gender communication. In the process of exploring these areas we will learn a number of theories of communication, learn how to read journal research articles, and learn how to think critically about theories of communication. Next, we will explore meta-theoretical issues of communication and address the strengths and limitations of social scientific studies to enhance our understanding of meaning, language processes, culture, social construction of reality, and power.