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COMG 455

Understanding the nature of conflict is key to effective communication…

COMG 455: Conflict Management

Summer 1 (online – 6/1-30/18)

Conflict management skills are essential to personal and professional success. This course looks to theories of communication and conflict to help explain and understand a wide range of conflict environments. Destructive conflict ravages the lives and relationships of individuals in families, organizations, and intimate relationships. This course will attempt to help you understand the nature of conflict and the assumptions that handcuff an individualʻs ability to deal with conflict in productive ways. The first half of this course will focus on theories of conflict as well as the conflict process and structure. The second half of the course will move toward "effective" and "appropriate" behaviors used in resolving conflict situations, including diverse cultural contexts.

Fulfills the general education requirement: DS

About the Instructor
Min-Sun Kim received her PhD from Michigan State University, her BA from Ewha Womenʻs University in Korea, and her MA from the University of Maryland. She served as the Chair of the Intercultural and Development Communication Division of the International Communication Association and the President of the Korean American Communication Association. She is the author of Non-Western Perspectives on Human Communication: Implications for Theory and Practice (2002). Her research has focused on the role of cognition in conversational styles among people of different cultural orientations. She has written on requesting styles, re-requesting styles, communication motivation, conflict management, deception, health behaviors in various cultural contexts, and the influence of the self on many other communication behaviors. Her most recent work is in the area of cultural relativity of communication theories.

For inquiries about the course: email kmin@hawaii.

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Term Dates

  • Summer 1
    May 20 – June 28, 2019
  • Summer 2
    July 1 – August 9, 2019
  • Varied Date Courses
    Class schedules vary between May 20 – August 9, 2019

  • Registration Dates
    UHM Seniors
    March 12
    UHM Continuing
    March 13
    New or Visiting
    March 19

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