Family Communication Theory and Research

New Course: CAS 405


In this course, offered for the first time at Penn State Abington Fall 2014 semester, we will explore the importance of communication in constructing the lived experience of what it means to be a member of a family.


Our readings and discussions will teach you how to think about families from a communication perspective, and to develop sensitivity to the way communication practices (both verbal and non-verbal) develop, maintain, enhance, and transform family relationships.


Theories and methodologies used to understand family communication will be our focus, using primary sources, films, and original research on families to create a lively and engaging class experience. Learn new ways to think about family stories, family roles and rules, conflict and power in the family, managing challenging family dialogues, and cultural influences on the family.


Fall 2014  Tu, Th 11:00 AM– 12:15 PM