Communication Written Assignment


This assignment is tied to the two Communication Studies 121 Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs).

At the end of the course, the successful student will be able to:

  1. Explain and analyze the stages of close interpersonal relationships.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the stage model of interpersonal relationships by applying the model to a concrete example.

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Must use the required Template below. 

Overview: Chapter 7 talks about the stages of interpersonal relationships (pg 378-385) and Table 7.1 (pg 379) summarizes the stages. Select a film or TV show that features ONE dyadic (two-person) relationship that goes through these THREE stages: Initiating, Integrating, and TerminatingYou will discuss the relationship in detail in these stages.

TEMPLATE: (REQUIRED) [Use the Required Sections and Labels (labels are highlighted  in GREEN and in bold italics). Example: Section 2Introduction. Put your content right underneath each Section+ Label.

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Section 1Introduction: (5 points) Briefly introduce your topic (the film or TV show) and the ONE relationship you will focus on _____________

Section 2: The Stages (5 points) List the ten stages of interpersonal relationships in Table 7.1._________________

Section 3: Application of the stage model to the selected relationship:  (5 pts for this label)

Although there are ten stages, in the sections below, you will focus ONLY on these three stages: Initiating, Integrating, Terminating. Be sure to select a relationship that goes through these stages.

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*INITIATING (5 pts for this label)

In the sections below, include each number and label. Put your response to each one next to it.

  1. (10 points) Definition:  Define Initiating in your own words based on what it says in the textbook._____________
  2. (35 points) ApplicationDescribe what happens at this stage in the selected relationship in the film/TV show (100 word minimum) _______________
  3. (10 points) Connecting #2 and #3: Explain how what happens in the relationship fits the definition of Initiating_____________________

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*INTEGRATING (5 pts for this label)

In the sections below, include each number and label. Put your response to each one next to it.

  1. (10 points) Definition: Define Integrating in your own words based on what it says in the textbook._____________
  2. (35 points) ApplicationDescribe what happens at this stage in the selected relationship in the film/TV show (100 word minimum) _______________
  3. (10 points) Connecting #2 and #3: Explain how what happens in the relationship fits the definition of Integrating____________________

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*TERMINATING (5 pts for this label)

In the sections below, include each number and label. Put your response to each one next to it.

  1. (10 points) Definition: Define Terminating in your own words based on what it says in the textbook._____________
  2. (35 points) ApplicationDescribe what happens at this stage in the selected relationship in the film/TV show (100 word minimum) _______________
  3. (10 points) Connecting #2 and #3: Explain how what happens in the relationship fits the definition of Terminating.

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Section 4Concluding Remarks: (5 points) Be brief.

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