CMN 698 (02) - Seminar Interpersonal Studies

Seminar Interpersonal Studies

Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2023 - Full Term (08/28/2023 - 12/11/2023)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   20  
CRN: 14657
Variable topics in interpersonal research, theory, and practice. May be repeated for different topics. Topic descriptions available in department office during preregistration. Students are required to have taken two 500 level CMN courses (C-) to take this course, unless granted instructor permission.
Section Comments: Seminar Topic Title: End of Life Communication
Instructor Approval Required. Contact Instructor for permission then register through Webcat.
Prerequisite(s): CMN 455 with minimum grade of C and CMN 456 with minimum grade of C and CMN 457 with minimum grade of C
Repeat Rule: May be repeated up to 2 times.
Equivalent(s): CMN 695
Only listed campus in section: Durham
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Only listed majors in section: CMN:BUSAPPL, CMN:MEDIA, COMMUNICATION
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Mike Alvarez

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/28/2023 12/11/2023 MW 2:10pm - 3:30pm MURK G04
Additional Course Details: 

Course Description - Images of death are ubiquitous in our society, yet death continues to be taboo and grief has become a "silent epidemic," especially among young adults. This course examines end of life (EoL) communication in a variety of contexts. We will take a close look at how people communicate about death and dying, how people communicate with the dying and the bereaved, and the rituals and practices through which we create meaning out of loss. Throughout the semester, we will attend to the social construction of death in our culture and other cultures, and interrogate why some deaths are afforded dignity and respect, while others are relegated to the margins. Death imbues communication with profound significance. It is my hope that students will develop a dialogic relationship with death, and in turn, gain a deeper appreciation of life.