Course Content and Outcome Guide for COMM 237

Course Number:
COMM 237
Course Title:
Gender and Communication
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Course Description

Examines the similarities and differences in male and female communication styles and patterns. Particular attention given to the implications of gender as social construct upon perception, values, stereotypes, language use, nonverbal communication, and power and conflict in human relationships. Discusses influence of mass communication upon shaping and constructing male and female sex roles. Course fulfills block transfer and cultural diversity requirements and is transferable to state four-year colleges and universities. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:


  1. Continue to communicate more effectively by the awareness of the need to navigate through diverse viewpoints shaped by gender identities and expectations.
  2. Create and manage relationships through the understanding of gender communication theory
  3. In order to make decisions, use an increase in understanding of how gender influences our reflections of and resolutions regarding personal, social, and political problems.

October 2009


Outcome Assessment Strategies

This course will have at least one self-reflective component and at least one research-based analysis component.

The actual forms of assessment will be determined by the individual instructor. Assessment strategies may include:

  • Qualitative examinations
  • Quantitative examinations
  • Essays
  • Journals
  • Research papers
  • In-class dialogue
  • Portfolios Projects
  • Oral presentations
  • Group work
  • Case Studies
  • Media analysis
  • Service Learning


Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Theories
    • Nature vs Nurture
    • Psychological identity
    • Rhetoric of Social Movements
    • Social construction
    • Queer theories
  • Perception
  • Self concept
  • Gender identity
  • Verbal communication
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Power and Status
  • Violence
  • Conflict management
  • Sexism
  • Organizations
    • Workplace
  • Mass Communication
  • Education
  • Relationships
    • Friendships
    • Family
    • Courtship/romantic
  • Cultural variables
  • Stereotypes
  • Effective communication strategies


Competencies and Skills:

The successful student should:

  • Be able to explain the complexity of the term €œgender€ as related to €œsex.€
  • Be able to see how the nature of language causes one to €œsee€ the world differently from others, especially in relation to power and status.
  • Be able to determine how gender differences evolve and how they affect values.
  • Be able to demonstrate respect for gender differences.
  • Be able to engage in introspection to determine how one€™s gender perceptions, attitudes, and values influence the communication process.
  • Be able to identify a range of potentially useful behaviors when interacting with someone who is of the opposite sex in a variety of contexts.
  • Be able to choose communication behaviors appropriate to the setting.

A textbook is required. Suggested texts. Alternative texts need Dept. or SAC chair approval.


Gendered Lives: Communication, Gender and Culture, Julia Wood


GenderSpeak, Ivy; Pearson