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COM 512 Course Schedule (subject to change)

Mon Jan 9 Introduction to the course, each other, the subject matter, and the graduate program
• Special guest: Dr. Michelle Kelsey Kearl, Interim Director of Graduate Studies
Fri Jan 13 is last day to add and last day for regular audit
Sun Jan 15 is last day to drop for full refund and without a W on your transcript
Mon Jan 16  No class – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Mon Jan 23 What is interpersonal communication? • Read Braithwaite & Baxter (2008) and Spitzberg (2000)
Mon Jan 30 Introduction to the research assignment; Goals and Facework
• Read Canary, Cody, & Manusov (2009) and Tracy & Tracy (1998)
 Research Assignment Distributed and Discussed
Mon Feb 6 Politeness and Dialectics
• Read Jameson (2004) and Sahlstein & Dun (2008)
Mon Feb 13  Privacy Management
• Read Thompson, Petronio, & Braithwaite, (2012) and Waters & Ackerman (2011)
Fri Feb 17 is last day for late audit
Mon Feb 20 Adaptation
• Read Toma (2014) and Duggan & Bradshaw (2008)
Mon Feb 27 Proposal Workshop
• Research Proposal Due
Take Home Midterm Distributed
Mon Mar 6 No class – Spring Break
Mon Mar 13 • Take Home Midterm Due
• Fri Mar 17 is last day to withdraw
Mon Mar 20 Deception
• Read Van Swol & Braun (2014)
Mon Mar 27 Uncertainty
• Read Kramer (1999) and May & Tenzek (2011)
Mon Apr 3 Relational Stages and Maintenance
• Read Avtgis, West, & Anderson (1998), Weigel & Ballard-Reisch (1999), and Houser, Fleuriet, & Estrada (2012)
Mon Apr 10 No class – First Night of Passover
Mon Apr 17 Paper workshop 
• First Complete, Credible Draft of Research Paper Due
• Take Home Final Distributed
Mon Apr 24 Student presentations 
• Research Paper Due
Mon May 1 Take Home Final Due


Avtgis, T. A., West, D., & Anderson, T. L. (1998). Relationship stages: An inductive analysis identifying cognitive, affective, and behavioral dimensions of Knapp’s relational stages model. Communication Research Reports, 15(3) , 80–87.

Braithwaite, D. O., & Baxter, L. A. (2008). Introduction: Meta-theory and theory in interpersonal communication research. In L. A. Baxter & D. O. Braithwaite (Eds.), Engaging theories in interpersonal communication: Multiple perspectives (pp. 1–18). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

Canary, D.J., Cody, M.J., & Manusov, V. L.  (2009).  
Interpersonal communication: A goals-based approach (4th ed.).  Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s. (pp. 9-17)

Duggan, A.P., & Bradshaw, Y.S. (2008).  Mutual influence processes in physician-patient communication: An interaction adaptation perspective. Communication Research Reports, 25(3), 211–26.

Houser, M. L., Fleuriet, C., & Estrada, D. (2012). The cyber factor: An analysis of relational maintenance through the use of computer-mediated communication. Communication Research Reports, 29(1) 34-43.

Jameson, J. K. (2004). Negotiating autonomy and connection through politeness: A dialectical approach to organizational conflict management. Western Journal of Communication, 68, 257-277.

Kramer, M. W.  (1999).  Motivation to reduce uncertainty: A reconceptualization of uncertainty reduction theory. Management Communication Quarterly, 13(2), 305-316.

May, A., & Tenzek, K.E. (2011). Seeking Mrs. Right: Uncertainty Reduction in Online Surrogacy Ads. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 12(1), 27-33.

Sahlstein, E., & Dun, T. (2008). “I Wanted Time to Myself and He Wanted to be Together All the Time”: Constructing Breakups as Managing Autonomy-Connection. Qualitative Research Reports In Communication, 9(1), 37-45.

Spitzberg, B. H. (2000). What is good communication? 
Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 29(1), 103-119.

Thompson, J., Petronio, S., & Braithwaite, D. O. (2012). An examination of privacy rules for academic advisors and college student-athletes: A communication privacy management perspective. Communication Studies, 63(1), 54-76.

Tracy, K., & Tracy, S. J. (1998). Rudeness at 911: Reconceptualizing face and face-attack. Human Communication Research, 25(2), 225-251.

Toma, C. L.  (2014). Towards conceptual convergence: An examination of interpersonal adaptation. Communication Quarterly, 62(2), 155-178.

Van Swol, L. M., & Braun, M. T. (2014). Communicating deception: Differences in language use, justification, and questions for lies, omissions, and truths." Group Decision and Negotiation, 23(6), 1343-1367.

Waters, S., & Ackerman, J. (2011). Exploring privacy management on Facebook: Motivations and perceived consequences of voluntary disclosure. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 17(1), 101-115

Weigel, D. J., & Ballard-Reisch, D. S.  (1999).  All marriages are not maintained equally: Marital type, marital quality, and the use of maintenance behaviors.  Personal Relationships, 6(3) , 291-303.

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