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COMN71-104: Relational Communication


This subject is premised on the belief that an evolved understanding of human communication is central to the construction of personal identities, relationships, and further, our engagement in our social world. This subject is therefore designed to enable students to acquire an advanced understanding of the key concepts, theories and perspectives that govern the study and practice of relational communication. In reviewing alternative approaches within the field, students will explore issues related to the development, maintenance, and dissolution of relationships across a range of contexts. Incorporating a `dark side' approach to the study of personal communication, students will critically examine topics ranging from attraction and love to conflict, gossip, privacy, deception and transgressions. Students will further develop their abilities to engage with, and analyse research and theory about relationships, and apply their newly acquired knowledge to the analysis of real-world communication problems.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2020 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2021 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Communication and Creative Media
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $3,630
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,760

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of relational communication.
2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of key theories, concepts and controversies in research on relationships.
3. Critically reflect on relational communication theory and research.
4. Apply acquired theoretical knowledge to real world communication problems or practice.
5. Interpret, analyse, and theorise on communication issues from a 'dark side' perspective.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens02/08/2020
Semester start14/09/2020
Subject start14/09/2020
Cancellation 1?28/09/2020
Cancellation 2?05/10/2020
Last enrolment27/09/2020
Withdraw – Financial?10/10/2020
Withdraw – Academic?31/10/2020
Teaching census?09/10/2020