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CAS 382 Family Communication (3 credits)

Course Description

The study of messages and meanings in contemporary family relationships, including family diversity, spousal relationships, custodial and autonomous child-parent relationships, sibling relationships, and the religious, legal, and televised messages about families.

Learning Results

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
• Identify and explain the basic definitions and theories related to family communication.
• Understand the role of family communication in different life and cultural contexts.
• Apply theoretical perspectives and principles of areas covered in the course (including family conflict, stress management, power, decision-making, rituals, intimacy, and diversity) to personal life situations.
• Examine how faith impacts the view of family communication and how faith guides family relationships.
• Apply critical thinking skills while researching and writing a paper on a current issue in the field family communication.

Textbooks

Learning Documentation

This course consists of 12 comprehension assignments, a Current Issues paper, and a personal reflection essay.

Learning Evaluation

Each comprehension assignment is worth 20 points, the Current Issues paper is worth 168 points, and the personal essay is worth 72 points, for a total of 480 points in the course.

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