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1Communication in the FamilyCOM 411 – SLN16871Spring 2020 – ASU – Tempe – Stauffer A315 – Tues./Thurs. 12 Noon-1:15 P.M.Professor:Dayna N. Kloeber, M.A.Email:[email protected]Office:Stauffer A215Office Hours: Tuesday 8-8:45 a.m., & 4:30-6 p.m., orby appointmentWelcome to Communication in the Family!This course is designed to help students understand familyrelationships from a communicative perspective. One of the basic premises of this course is thatcommunication processes create as well as reflect families.1In this senior-level seminar, we consider howdyads (i.e. couple, parent-child, sibling, grandparent-child, etc.) function and communicate as well as howtriads and larger groups form and maintain relationships within the family.To do so, we include practicaland theoretical readings from the fields of communication and psychology, and they span a variety oftopics that include marriage, couples, siblings, grandparents, nurturing loving and just relationships, familymetaphors, times of transition, conflict negotiation, forgiveness, and resilience.Course activities and assignments include journals, exams, conducting an interview, a presentation, and afinal paper. Journals, exams, the interview, and the presentation are all scaffolding assignments designed tohelp you complete your final paper in phases throughout the semester.Learning OutcomesStudents will grasp major concepts and theories associated with family relationships andfunctioning.Students will understand how social science has aided the study of happy marriages and be able toidentify how communication plays a central role in creating mutually satisfying, just relationships.Students will gain insight about how metaphors can help us understand family relationships.Students will develop an understanding of how family communication can be used to nurturefondness, affection, love, and intimacy in family relationships.Students will learn how families can nurture resilience through productively managing hardships,conflict, and forgiveness.Students will explore how course concepts apply to their own life and others through journaling,and interviewing others.Students will cultivate critical thinking, listening, analyzing, writing, and communication skills.Course Readings1Galvin, Bylund & Brommel (2004)Read this syllabus carefully.By remaining enrolled in the course, you have accepted theconditions and expectations of the course.The requirements and expectations indicated in thissyllabus are non-negotiable. Withdraw from the course immediately if any aspects of the course, itsexpectations, and/or requirements, are not acceptable to you.This syllabus is a living document and, except for grade and absence policies, may be subject to change(per advance announcement in class, email, or Canvas).
2Gottman, J. M. & Silver, N. (2015). The seven principles for making marriage work:A practical guidefrom the country’s foremost relationship expert. Random House, New York. ISBN 978-0-553-44771-2

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