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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SPC6431
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2004-03-18
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2003-10-27
  2. Department: Communication
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 1217000
  5. Contact Person: Gil Rodman
  6. Phone: 9743025
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: SPC
  9. Number: 6431
  10. Full Title: Family Communication
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Family Communication
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This course examines the family in terms of the patterns of interaction through which meanings are produced. Family communication concepts and theories will be introduced as they relate to diverse family forms and experiences.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Early studies of communication in families provided theoretical insights for the interpersonal communication field as a whole; thus this course broadens students’ understanding of the historical roots of our discipline. Also, given the growing body of sc
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Recent enrollments indicate a high demand for this course. It is recommended for M.A. and Ph.D. students whose area of concentration is interpersonal communication but other students have enrolled due to interest in the subject matter. It has also drawn students from the College of Education.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? This course has been offered as a special topics course four times.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D. in Communication or closely related field.
  29. Objectives: To become familiar with the conceptual foundations and theories of family communication.

    To develop broader definitions of family that include diverse configurations and experiences.

    To explore the influence of gender, race, class and culture on family relationships.

    To provide an introduction to qualitative methods in family research.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate knowledge of families as systemic entities characterized by complex interdependencies among members.

    Students will gain skills in the disciplined observation of interaction patterns within families.

    Students will demonstrate knowledge of the influence of historical, cultural and gender/role trends on contemporary families.

    Students will use course perspectives to carry out an original research project on a topic related to family communication.

  31. Major Topics: Definitions of “family” in social and historical context

    Perspectives on the family as a system and insights from family therapy

    Family interaction processes

    Narrative and symbolic perspectives on the family

    Epistemological issues and qualitative methods in family research

  32. Textbooks: Yerby, J., Buerkel-Rothfuss, N., & Bochner, A. (1995). Understanding family communication. Scottsdale, AZ: Gorsuch Scarisbrick Publishers.

    Hoffman, L. (1981). Foundations of family therapy. New York: Basic Books.

    Gillis, J. (1996). A world of their own making: myth, ritual and the quest for family values. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

    Minuchin, S. (1993). Family healing. New York: Free Press.

    Pitts, L. (1999). Becoming Dad: Black men and the journey to fatherhood. Atlanta: Longstreet.

    Stacy, J. Brave new families: stories of domestic upheaval in late twentieth-century

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  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
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