COMM 611 - Communication and Personal Relationships
The course is an introduction to the contemporary research, topics, theories, and methodologies of communication and personal relationships. In the course, students will explore interpersonal communication in a variety of contexts including, but not limited to: (a) marital communication and relational satisfaction; (b) dialogic communication in romantic relationships; (c) family communication systems; (d) friend and social network systems; (e) disclosure of private information; (f) relational dialectics; and (g) problematic/abusive behavior within interpersonal communication. The course will focus on current research trends in the area, paradigmatic shifts in the field of personal relationships over the past decade, and how interpersonal communication scholarship lends itself to improving social interactions and communication competence in a number of venues.
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