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Communication and Gender (CMST 2005)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course introduces basic concepts and theories designed to develop an understanding of how gender and communication interact. You will learn the basic theories and principles of communication as it applies to gender and develop skills to enhance communication between and among gender groups.

Topical Outline:
1. Basic concepts and principles of communication, gender, and culture
2. Theoretical approaches to gender development and gender communication research
3. Historical framing of gender through women's and men's movements
4. Gendered communication in family, friendships and romantic relationships
5. The relationship between gendered communication and power, violence and the community
6. Representations of gender in the mass media, organizational and professional contexts

Learning Outcomes:
1. Define and distinguish between communication and gendered communication
2. Explain how gendered stereotypes and social images of gender influence definitions of self
3. Describe the effects of language socialization on the communication styles and relationships of men and women in various contexts
4. Understand ways the media perpetuate gender roles and gender stereotyping
5. Identify how educational materials, content, processes and practices communicate different expectations for men and women and work to perpetuate gender stereotypes and inequities

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052

  • Goal 1: Communication
  • Goal 7: Human Diversity