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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: COMM 343
Course Title: *Gender Communication
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Examination of the significant role of gender in human communication behaviors as enacted in social spaces of daily life. Cross-listed as WMST 343. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Sophomore standing.


Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered even Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Most current editions of books like the following:

Gendered Lives: Communication, Gender, and Culture
By Wood, Julia T. (Wadsworth)
Constructing the Self in a Mediated World
By Grodin, Debra & Thomas R. Lindlof (Sage)
Exploring Identity and Gender: The Narrative Study of Lives
By Lieblich, Amia and Ruthellen Josselson (Sage)
Transforming Visions: Feminist Critiques in Communication Studies
By Bowe, Sheryl Perimutter & and Nancy Wyatt (Hampton Press)
Man Enough: Embodying Masculinities
By Seidler, Victor Jeleniewski (Sage)
Rethinking Masculinity: Philosophical Explorations in Light of Feminism
By Strickwerda and May (Rowman and Littlefield)
Women’s Words: The Feminist Practice of Oral History
By Gluck, Sherna Berger & Daphne Patai (Routledge, Chapman and Hall, Inc.)
Course Objectives
  • To explore how gender and communication interact in culture.
  • To explore how communication reflects, refracts, shapes and revises human understanding of gender.
  • To explore what it means to be gendered beings.
    Measurable Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe current research and theories related to gender communication.
  • Critically analyze gender as it relates to race and class in contemporary America.
  • Demonstrate in their oral and written communication critical skills necessary to challenge the realities of inequity and oppression.
    Topical Outline:

    • Assessment for this course may consist of examinations, a major written research assignment and multiple formal public presentations. At least one formal (15-20 minute convention level) presentation will help prepare the student for the integrative seminar course presentation. • Theoretical approaches to gender development • Rhetorical shaping of gender • Gendered verbal communication • Gendered nonverbal communication • Gendered family dynamics • Gendered close relationships • Gendered organizational communication • Gendered media • Gendered power and violence


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at http://www.ccis.edu/offices/library/index.asp. You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Lisa Ford-Brown Date: June 18, 2014
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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