While refining students' analytical and critical skills, this course offers intensive examination of specific issues in interpersonal communication theory. Possible topics may include relational communication, family communication, health communication, communication across the lifespan, friendship, communication in the workforce, and communication and aging. Repeatable for credit with different topics.
Fall Semester informationSusan Wilson
325A: Tps: Family Communication
Family is integral to who we are. The kind of communication enacted and repeated by our families contributes to our sense of self, our values, our interactions with others, etc. In this course we will examine the scope and function of family communication. Importantly we will look at the research about family, particularly in the areas such as conflict and negotiation, changing demographics, siblings, and co-cultural and cross-cultural variations.
Spring Semester informationKent Menzel
325A: Tps:Health Communication
This special topics course is a theoretical and practical examination of the role of communication in heath care. The course will discuss contexts of communication like physician-patient, institutional health communication settings including hospitals, and the societal impact of events such as public health campaigns. In addition to other coursework, discussion, and case studies, students will research and plan a health campaign.