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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 and relationships, and further, our engagement in our social world. Therefore, this subject aims to help you 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, you 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, you will critically examine topics ranging from attraction and love to conflict, gossip, privacy, deception, and transgressions. You will further develop your abilities to engage with and analyse research and theory about relationships and apply your newly acquired knowledge to analyse real-world communication problems.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Communication and Creative Media
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,800
  • Commencing in 2023: $3,900

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 opens18/07/2021
Semester start13/09/2021
Subject start13/09/2021
Cancellation 1?27/09/2021
Cancellation 2?04/10/2021
Last enrolment26/09/2021
Withdraw – Financial?09/10/2021
Withdraw – Academic?30/10/2021
Teaching census?08/10/2021
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens17/07/2022
Semester start12/09/2022
Subject start12/09/2022
Cancellation 1?26/09/2022
Cancellation 2?03/10/2022
Last enrolment25/09/2022
Withdraw – Financial?08/10/2022
Withdraw – Academic?29/10/2022
Teaching census?07/10/2022