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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - SPC6307
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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: 6307
  10. Full Title: Communication in Close Relationships
  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): Comm in Close Relationships
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Interpersonal and intersubjective processes involved in the development of close personal relationships. Includes studies and personal experiences that cut across historical, therapeutic, spiritual, philosophical, literary, and cinematic perspectives.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This course has been offered every two years for the past 15 years.
  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? The department has a national reputation for work on interpersonal communication and interpersonal relationships. The course enrollment has consistenly ranged from 8-15 students. The course also attracts students from education and sociology.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes. At least 5 or 6 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: The course is designed with two objectives in mind: (1) to provide an

    opportunity for you to gain a sense of mastery over a wide range of

    academic works that center on close relationships, a diverse domain of

    theoretical and applied works that cut across historical, psychological,

    psychoanalytic, therapeutic, religious, spiritual, philosophical, literary,

    and cinematic perspectives and; (2) to encourage you to make connections

    between theoretical/empirical literature on the one hand, and your own

    close relationship(s), on the other hand, an objective that each student

    is expected to achieve by completing the paper assignments for the course.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Over the course of my academic career, I have been influenced most

    dramatically by two major developments in the field. The first applied

    Batesonian communication theory to the study of close relationships

    culminating in various forms of couple and family therapy grounded in

    system theories of communication and relationships. I believe it is

    crucial to understand Bateson's ideas about communication and human

    interaction to fully appreciate the usefulness of marital and family

    therapy. The second was the emergence of narrative inquiry, which focused

    attention on the ways human beings make sense of their experiences (and

    relationships) by transforming them into stories. The course requirements

    and class sessions are designed to help you grasp these two approaches and

    to apply them to relationships represented in films and in your personal

    life as well.

  31. Major Topics: Understanding the human condition.

    The knots we tie.

    Masks, lies, truth.

    The Relational World View.


    Disclosure and secrecy.


    Relationships as stories.

    Love as Metaphor.

  32. Textbooks: R.D. Laing (1967). Self & Others. Pelican Books

    Ernest Becker (1973), The Denial of Death. Touchstone Books.

    Marion Winik, (1998). First Comes Love. Paper. Vintage Books.

    Abraham Verghese (1998). The Tennis Partner.

    Sandra Butler & Barbara Rosenblum (1996) . Cancer in Two Voices.

    Carol Knapp (1997). Drinking: A Love Story.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports:
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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