Unformatted text preview: FAMILY COMMUNICATION
Spring, 2008 Instructor: David J. Weber, Ph.D.
Ofﬁce: Morey 131. Ofﬁce Phone: 2786. Home Phone: 265-7147,_Emai1: [email protected] Ofﬁce hours: MWF 10:00 — 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon ' 1100 pm. Course objectives. The purpose of the course is to inVestigate family communication. The family is a unique
context for communication, in part because family membership is involuntary for most of us, in part because families
are fascinating “mini-cultures,” with unique histories, communication codes, and social realities whose grip on '
members is strong and enduring. When we 're done, you should have a better grasp on the' 'relationally morphogenic" nature of
communication, the reciprocal relationship between communication and relationships. You should have a better
understand of the leading theories of communication in the family, and their relationship to family structure and
function. You should understand verbal and nonverbal family codes, the roles of power and conﬂict in the family,
the relationship between communication and family stress, and between communication and family well-being. TEXTS:
Galvin, K. M. ,,Bylund C. L., & Brommel, B. J.. Family Communication: Cohesion and Change. Boston: Pearson ABLongman. Referred to below as "GBB. " ' ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADES:
All grades will be’ assigned in accordance with the college grading policy spelled Ont 1n the college catalog. Students are encouraged to discuss their grades with me. You will receive six grades during the semester, weighted
as follows: A. Three tests (20% ea.) ................ 60%
B. Two Papers (20% ea.) .............. - . . 40%
Assignments: 1. There will be three tests, covering readings, lectures, discussions and exercises. 2. There will be two papers, each of them ﬁve to eight pages in length. In the ﬁrst paper, you will construct
and analyze a “genoggam” of your family . In the second paper, you will investigate the relationship between
communication an am y violence. Due dates for the papers will be negotiated in class. Please note: You MUST
start work on your papers WELL BEFORE the due dates listed 1n the schedule, or you will not be able to get them
done. If you wait till the last minute, you will ﬁnd us thoroughly unsympathetic to complaints about shortness of
time, overWork, and the like. 3. Your participation in class 13 important. In general: . 1. Writing is critical to coMunication, and this IS a "Writing Intensive" course. I expect yours to be of
profesSional quality -- more than merely adequate. I will comment extensively on your papers, and expect you to
attend to those comments as you rewrite, and m later papers. 2. If you miss a deadline in this course, it will cost you a letter grade (one ﬁill grade-point) a day: no excuses,
and no exceptions. Note that getting started on time to complete an assignment by the deadline is YOUR job, not
mine: don t walt for me to prompt you. 3. You must hand' in all work, even if it is so late that it will receive a failing grade. If you fail to hand m an
assignment -- just one -— you fail the course. 4. You must keep all your tests and assignments in a folder, after we hand them back to you. You will turn in
the folder at the end of the semester. ALWAYS make and keep a copy of your papers. If you don't, you're responsible if somethingy ou handed m is lost.
5. If youcan can't handle the demands of an honor system in which you agree that you will not cheat 1n any way, including deception and plagiarism, and that you will not tolerate such cheating among your colleagues, drop the course. If you don't drop,
you signify that you will behave 1n accordance with such an honor system. VIOLATION OF THIS POLICY WILL RESULT IN FAILURE FOR THE SEMESTER and referral to the campus judicial system. > ‘ CLASS ATTENDANCE:
Regular attendance 1s expected. Miss more than three classes without an exCuse ACCEPTABLE TO ME, and ['1] reduce yOur grade by half a quality point per absence. Religious holidays and documented illnesses are the only
automatic excuses. In all other cases, check with me ﬁrst. ...
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