This course explores how communication functions within families to develop, maintain, enrich, or limit family relationships. Descriptive rather than prescriptive, the course emphasizes understanding families as unique communication systems embedded within sub-cultural and cultural ecosystems. Awareness of the functions of communication in families can help students understand more about how and why their families behave as they do. The course also provides several theoretical approaches to help students better understand the interactional dynamics occurring within their family or families.
Semesters: Fall, Spring
MnTC Goals: 5