UNH CMN 530 - Syllabus (7 pages)

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School:
University of New Hampshire - Main Campus
Course:
Cmn 530 - Family Communication

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Prof Sheila McNamee Phone 862 3040 sheila mcnamee unh edu CMN 530 FAMILY COMMUNICATION Office Horton 111A Office Hours Tuesdays 3 30 5 by appointment please note I am often in my office and you are welcomed to stop by any time without an appointment Family Communication is the context we will use to study the intricacies of interpersonal communication Specifically we will be limiting our focus to the topic of family because in drawing this limitation we become less distracted by various sorts of relationships and more attentive to the most important aspect of this course the recognition and understanding of patterns of communication We will be particularly concerned not only with pattern recognition but with analyses of how patterns remain stuck and how change may be relationally constructed The particular theories concepts and analytical methods we will use in this class are applicable to any close personal relationship Our attention to family relationships is in some ways arbitrary but nonetheless interesting A focus on family is useful for our study of communication patterns because some of the most innovative work in the field of interpersonal communication has emerged within the area of family therapy While our own interests are not limited to therapeutic process or to the sorts of severely dysfunctional patterns that might necessitate therapy we are interested in understanding how some unwanted patterns of interaction persist and how others so easily change This focus on persistence and change of interactive patterns is of course the focus of therapy Thus we will explore several models of communication that have been developed within the family therapy field because they inform us about everyday patterns of interaction and the propensity of these patterns to become stuck and rigid Our interest of course will be on methods for transforming these rigid patterns and creating new possibilities in family interactions As we study family communication we will come to



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