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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. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2006 2003-10-27
     
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Communication AS 1217000
     
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Gil Rodman 9743025 grodman@chuma.cas.usf.edu

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    SPC 6431 Family Communication

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular
     
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Family Communication
     
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    -

    Prerequisites

    Graduate Standing

    Corequisites

    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.


  3. Justification

    A. 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

    B. 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.

    C. 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.

    D. 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.


  4. Other Course Information

    A. 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.

    B. 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.

    C. 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

    D. 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

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports


  5. Course Concurrence Information



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