ERIC Number: ED439461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Communication and Gender: A Curriculum Sensitizing Students to the Constitutive Aspects of Discourse.
Cole, Robert A.
This paper provides a rationale for including an interdisciplinary course in the university undergraduate or graduate curriculum that explores the interconnection between communication and gender. It also provides the framework for a semester-long course by which gender as a communicative accomplishment can be revealed. The course described in the paper requires that students examine the interconnection between communication and the constitution of gender: course goals include analyzing the matrix of biological, historical, social, and cultural forces that act as constraining features of gender construction; identify ways in which communicative activity always and already constitutes gender as a meaningful achievement; locate the place of feminist theory; recognize the relationship between structures of oppression and social activism based on issues of gender; develop critical thinking skills; and empower students by critiquing and suggesting alternatives to the existing systems of gender. A certain disciplinary eclecticism is exercised in compiling the reading materials to more clearly discern ways in which humans come into being as gendered selves. In total, 11 perspectives on gender are explored in the course described in the paper. Also described are course goals and objectives, assignments, and the readings for each of the 14 weeks of the course. Contains 48 references. Attached is a brief course description including references to the readings used in the course. (RS)
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Course Descriptions, Critical Thinking, Feminism, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Introductory Courses, Sex, Sex Role, Thinking Skills
For full text: http://www.natcom.org/ctronline2/96-97com.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Communication Association, Annandale, VA.