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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
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 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 %
Short Assignments 20.00 %
Week 2: Short Assignment 1 5.00 %
Week 3: Short Assignment 2 5.00 %
Week 7: Short Assignment 3 5.00 %
Week 8: Short Assignment 4 5.00 %
Journal Entries 25.00 %
Week 2: Field Observation Journal Entry 1 5.00 %
Week 3: Field Observation Journal Entry 2 5.00 %
Week 4: Field Observation Journal Entry 3 5.00 %
Week 7: Field Observation Journal Entry 4 5.00 %
Week 8: Field Observation Journal Entry 5 5.00 %
Test/Quizzes/ Exam 10.00 %
Week 4: Gender and Communication Midterm Exam 10.00 %
Scholarly Article Analysis 10.00 %
Week 5: Scholarly Article Analysis 10.00 %
Media Comparative Analysis 10.00 %
Week 6: Media Comparative Analysis Essay 10.00 %
Forums 25.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.13 %
Week 2 Forum 3.13 %
Week 3 Forum 3.13 %
Week 4 Forum 3.13 %
Week 5 Forum 3.13 %
Week 6 Forum 3.13 %
Week 7 Forums 3.13 %
Week 8 Forum 3.13 %

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:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the eReserve by course #. You must be logged in to eCampus first to access the links.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Different But Equal-E-book available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9780275965228
Author:Payne
Unit Cost:$109.49
Book Title:Gendered Lives: Communication, Gender, and Culture, 10th ed - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom; hard copy not available from the bookstore, please try other sources.
ISBN:9781111346485
Publication Info:VS-Cengage
Author:Wood
Unit Cost:$155.31
Electronic ISBN:9781305332584
Electronic Unit Cost:$35.00
Book Title:Handbook of Language and Gender-E-book available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9780631225034
Author:Meyerhoff
Unit Cost:$55.64

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.