CMN 702 (02) - Seminar in Interpersonal Communication Theory


Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2022 - Full Term (01/25/2022 - 05/09/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   12  
CRN: 56404
In-depth concentration on a particular theoretical orientation in interpersonal communication. Original works are read. Theoretical orientation varies by semester. May be repeated for different topics. Prereq: CMN 455, CMN 456, and CMN 457 and two 500-level CMN courses.
Section Comments: Seminar/Talking Talk: Projects in Adv. Interaction
Instructor Approval Required. Contact Instructor for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated up to unlimited times.
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman, Sophomore
Only listed majors in section: CMN:BUSAPPL, CMN:MEDIA, COMMUNICATION
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
1/25/2022 5/9/2022 MW 3:40pm - 5:00pm HORT 201
Additional Course Details: 

Talking Talk: Advanced Projects in Interaction Analysis

Course objective

This course provides students with the skills and concepts to analyze naturally occurring conversation. Looking at everyday life we explore the way in which people analyze how other people talk and use this as a basis to understand society and interaction. This course focuses on analysis going beyond the introduction to LSI to examine what it is we do with our social resources in settings of our social world.


Course goals

This course presents conversation analysis as a way of examining social interaction and social life. Students will gain an understanding of the structures of interaction and how we use those structures to effect (not affect) our social scenes. You will gain a deeper appreciation of the maxim ‘we do things with words’ exploring the way in which relationships, status, power and conflict are enacted both in and as the structures of interaction. We will use a project-based approach to learning in this course in which you will be assessed on critically reflecting on your work based on my feedback and the feedback of others.


Sidnell, Jack (2010) Conversation Analysis: An introduction. Blackwell Wiley. (Links to an external site.) Bolden, Galina and Hepburn, Alexa (2017) Transcribing for social research. Sage.