PCC/ CCOG / MSD

Course Content and Outcome Guide for MSD 138A

Course Number:
MSD 138A
Course Title:
Male/Female Communication Differences
Credit Hours:
1
Lecture Hours:
10
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Examines perception of male and female stereotypes as they affect building rapport in work relationships. Includes ways to modify personal belief systems to incorporate appreciation and respect, and increasing sensitivity to create better work relationships. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Use an understanding of perception and stereotypes to build rapport in work and personal relationships.
  • Appreciate and respect male and female communication style differences.
  • Use sensitivity in presenting and interpreting nonverbal signals to create better work and personal relationships.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Various individual and/or group skill-building activities such as role-plays, case studies, or other exercises geared toward critical analysis of course concepts.
  • Written assignments or oral reports designed to integrate course material into personal experience or experiences of others.
  • Complete exams comprised of essay and/or objective questions, or an individual and/or team project or paper which requires integration, application, and critical examination of course concepts, issues, and themes.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Recognize own communication style
  • Analyze personal faulty beliefs and stereotypes
  • Identify cultural stereotypes and myths of males and females
  • Apply appropriate listening strategies according to the situation
  • Identify and overcome barriers to communication
  • Demonstrate respectful nonverbal behavior when dealing with opposite sex
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Active listening Skills

CONCEPTS, THEMES & ISSUES:
General Concepts

  • Gender communication differences
  • Perception
  • Gender stereotypes & myths
  • Barriers to effective communication
  • Communication styles
  • Bridging communication gaps
  • Active Listening

Themes

  • Respect and equality
  • Honoring diversity
  • Values and beliefs
  • Personal responsibility/accountability

Issues

  • Gender communication style differences
  • Stereotyping
  • Perceptual judgments
  • Valuing difference