COMM 3310 Online

Women, Men & Communication

Why learn about gender and communication?

From my experience:

Learning about gender and communication allows you (the student) to understand and analyze your interactions with others as you perform and live in a gendered body. This class offers a great overview to the study of gender's interaction with many areas of communication such as family communication, organizational communication, and social/cultural communication.

From the Course Catalog:

This course explores the theory and practice of communication between the sexes in personal relationships and professional contexts. The social construction of gender is also discussed.

After taking this course, you will have completed the following learning outcomes:

  • Students will explain communication theories relevant to gendered communication.
  • Students will apply theories and principles to analyze gendered communication in various contexts.
  • Students will evaluate their own gendered experiences by applying course theories and topics.
  • Student will use analytical and critical thinking skills to prepare informative, clear, accurate written messages. Students will observe, participate in, and use theory to analyze various gendered communication contexts.
Welcome to comm 3310

Textbook & Tools

Gendered Lives, 11th Edition

By Julia Woods

This text will be the focus of our course, and will be supplemented with links to other media that help demonstrate the concepts. Please be prepared to read each chapter closely and share your responses to Woods' work. The textbook can be purchased in e-book or traditional formats and is available at both our school bookstore and online retailers such as

This digital syllabus repeats information included in the full, detailed traditional syllabus located on Blackboard under the "Syllabus and Instructor Information" tab on the left menu. Please refer to that PDF version for details on policies and other important information.

About the Instructor

Dr. Hatfield joined UHD in 2011 after completing her graduate studies at Texas A&M University. A life-long Houstonian, Dr. Hatfield enjoys warm winters, warm summers, and lots of Tex-Mex. Her research addresses gender roles, families, and cultural norms. She is currently editing a book on work-life balance and communication. When not on campus, Dr. Hatfield watches lots of television and hangs out with her husband, kids, and mischievous Black Lab, Ernie.

Call me, email me, come and visit me!

Office hours are Wednesdays 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. or by appointment.

Email is the best way to get in touch with me. If you would like to speak on the phone, simply email me your phone number and I will call you as soon as possible. I will answer my office number (listed below) during office hours, and will receive your voicemail as an email attachment if I am not in my office. I will respond to most communications within 24 hours. Please feel free to follow up for pressing questions.

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Graded Assignments

Grading Information

Assignment Submission: Assignments will be accessible via the tabs on the left side of the main class page on Blackboard. Please submit work only through the assignment links on Blackboard – work cannot be submitted via email to me. This helps us to keep track of what has been submitted and avoids assignments that get lost in the black hole of email.

Assessment: Grade Composition

Introductory Discussion 5

Paper Topic Selection 20

Three Exams 150

Discussions (4x25 points) 100

Activist Project 50

Website 30

Group Paper 10

Individual Paper 10

Major Paper (4-6 pages) 125

Rough Draft 50

Introduction 10

Literature Review 20

Method 20

Final Draft 75

Intro & Conclusion of Final Paper 25

Body of Final Paper 50

Reflection Essay (3-5 pages) 50


*** Please note RUBRICS for each assignment will be provided on Blackboard to demonstrate what constitutes A, B, and C level work for all graded work. ***

Grading Scale

451-500 A

401 - 450 B

351 - 400 C

301- 350 D

300 and below F

Course Calendar

All assignments due midnight of end date

Week ending January 31 | Introduction to Course

Chapter 1 | No assignment due

Week ending February 7 | Theoretical Approaches

Chapter 2 | Introductory Discussion

Week ending February 14 | Women's Movements

Chapter 3 | Discussion #1

Week ending February 21 | Men's Movements

Chapter 4 | Discussion #2

Week ending February 28 |Exam #1

Week ending March 6 | Gendered Education

Chapter 8 | Paper Topic Selection Due & Discussion #3

Week ending March 13 | Verbal/Nonverbal Communication

Chapter 5 & 6 | Paper Introduction Due

Week ending March 20 | Spring Break

No readings or assignments

Week ending March 27 | Exam #2

Week ending April 3 | Gendered Organizational Communication

Chapter 10 | Reflection Essay

Week ending April 10 | Activist Project Assigned

Blackboard Readings posted | No Assignment

Week ending April 17 | Gendered Power and Violence

Chapter 12 | Final Paper Due

Week ending April 24 | Gendered Media

Chapter 11 | Discussion #4

Week ending May 1 | Activist Project Due

No readings | Submit webpage link and group paper

May 2 | Submit Activist Project Individual Reflection Paper

TBD | Exam #3

To be completed during the Final Exam period

Fine Print

Please note the full, printable syllabus (available on Blackboard) contains important information that you should access before starting this course, including:

  • Information about campus services available to students such as tutoring or disability services
  • Information about late work, turn in policies, and drop policies
  • Information about weather and other preparedness situations
  • Information about the academic honor policy