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COMG 381

Explore how family communication impacts relationships…

COMG 380: Family Communication

Summer 2

This course provides a general survey of communication in family. Major theories, models, concepts, and research findings in family communication will be discussed. The overall goal of this class is to help students understand how, through communication, individuals develop, maintain, enhance, or disrupt family relationships.

Students will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of communication in family. One assignment in this class involves selecting a movie related to family life and then analyzing it using communication concepts and theories. In another assignment, students will conduct an informal interview with parents (who are not members of your own family) to gain insight into different styles in parenting and managing conflict, and then summarize it by integrating course materials.

Fulfills the general education requirement: DS, WI

About the Instructor
Emiko Taniguchi is an assistant professor in the Department of Communicology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her main research interests include family communication, cross-cultural communication, and the interface between interpersonal communication and body image.

For more information, email: or call 956-3323.

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Term Dates

  • Summer 1
    May 21 – June 29, 2018
  • Summer 2
    July 2 – August 10, 2018
  • Varied Date Courses
    Class schedules vary between May 21 – August 10, 2018

  • Registration Dates
    UHM Seniors
    March 13
    UHM Continuing
    March 14
    New or Visiting
    March 20

Questions? Contact Us

UHM Outreach College

Sinclair Library 310

2425 Campus Road

Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-7221