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COMM210 - Communication and Gender

Course Details

Course Code: COMM210 Course ID: 3587 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course examines the similarities and differences in male and female communication styles and patterns. The content emphasizes implications of gender as a social construct influencing perceptions, values, stereotyping, language use, nonverbal communication, and power conflict in human relationships.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course you should be able to:

CO-1: Analyze how written, visual, oral, and nonverbal communication create context for and expectations of gender.

CO-2: Explain what is meant by the term social construction.

CO-3: Explain the communication process and commonly recognized channels of communication.

CO-4: Compare communication development in males and females.

CO-5: Identify elements of behavior and identity that are related primarily to biological sex, socially constructed gender, or both.

CO-6: Use theories of gender to determine possible sources of misunderstanding in field settings.

CO-7: Identify methods used to investigate questions related to communication and gender.

CO-8: Apply recognized definitions of gender to determine one’s communicative style.

CO-9: Develop strategies for solving gender components of common communication problems.

CO-10: Compare characterizations of gender in more than one social, ethnic, or national culture.

CO-11: Understand the role of communication channels and media in creating context for and expectations of gender.

CO-12: Assess the means by which creators of media products use or promote particular characterizations of gender for specific purposes.

Please see the student handbook to reference the University’s grading scale and policy on retaking courses.

Details for each forum, assignment, and test can be found by clicking on the "Assignments," "Forums," and "Tests & Quizzes" Tabs within the course.

NameGrade %
Discussion Forums 40.00 %
Week 1 Forum 5.00 %
Week 2 Forum 5.00 %
Week 3 Forum 5.00 %
Week 4 Forum 5.00 %
Week 5 Forum 5.00 %
Week 6 Forum 5.00 %
Week 7 Forum 5.00 %
Week 8 Forum 5.00 %
Journal Articles 40.00 %
Week 2: Journal Article Analysis 1 10.00 %
Week 3: Journal Article Analysis 2 10.00 %
Week 4: Outline/Annotated Bibliography 10.00 %
Week 6: Journal Article Analysis 3 10.00 %
Media Comparative Analysis 20.00 %
Week 8: Media Comparative Analysis Essay 20.00 %

Recommended text:

Deborah Tannen, You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, Harper Trade Publishers, 2001 Paperback ISBN: 0060959622.

This text is not required, but is strongly recommended as one of the important early works in the study of gender and communication.

Book Title:The Gender Communication Connection, 2nd ed - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Routledge
Unit Cost:$180.00
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.