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Family Communication

Course NumberCOM 244W
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisites: READING LEVEL 2 and WRITING LEVEL 2. Provides students with an understanding of interpersonal communication in the context of family systems. Studies family communication through the lens of family systems theory, rules, and interaction theory. Provides students the opportunity to apply and operationalize the theories through various assignments related to their family of origin, existing family, and family configurations in other cultures. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Recognize the foundational concepts related to the study of family communication.
  1. Analyze the characteristics of the communication system of a family.
  2. Contrast and compare social construction theory, systems theory, and the dialectal process.
  3. Examine the family narrative approach to understanding family process.
  4. Discuss critically and analyze how themes, myths, metaphors, and stories reveal how the family functions as a system.

Discover the role rules, relational stages, roles, and change plays in the study of family communication.
  1. Identify and describe the functions, characteristics, types and origins of the rules by which a family is governed.
  2. Describe and demonstrate the factors that influence the relational stages and relational formation in the family.
  3. Describe and demonstrate how role relationships (including diverse family forms and multicultural views of family) develop and influence communication in a family.
  4. Identify the typical changes, growth, and family life cycle patterns in families and problem-solve resolutions to the identified problems.

Demonstrate the ability to synthesize the family communication literature and conduct field research in a selected topic area related to the topics and issues presented in the course.
  1. Analyze observations of family communication by employing effective listening skills, nonverbal literacy skills, writing skills, critical thinking skills, field research skills, and research analysis skills.

Utilize writing to promote learning of all of the above Outcomes and Objectives.

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