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COMS 260 - Communication and Gender - Lauren Rome

Course:Communication and Gender
Professor:Lauren Rome
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


Welcome to Communication Studies 260, Communication and Gender. My name is Lauren Rome and I am your instructor. I was a College of the Canyons student just like you! I love this campus and helping students learn about communication. 

My classroom philosophy is based on a warm, supportive environment, with a focus on transferable skills that will be needed for your future. Each student is an individual in this class and the course goal is based on personal progression and growth. 

Course Description

This course examines the cultural values and habits influencing our views on femininity and masculinity, and how we communicate expectations of gender. Each chapter and module assignments will allow you to evaluate and apply certain theories and concepts to everyday occurrences. My hope is that you will find connections between what we are reading and learning about in class to your own personal experiences and it helps you to better understand them!

What to Expect in this Course

As this is a short-term summer course, I expect you to keep on top of all readings, course assignments, and due dates. Our course is jam-packed and moves quickly, so you should expect to spend many hours every week completing the readings and assignments. Additionally, this course will have practical and real life applications and I expect all students to be respectful and supportive as we learn about the different theories regarding gender and communication. 

Types of Assessments

Online discussion boards, written assignments, and exams.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Wood, Julia (2017). Gendered Lives: Communication, Gender, and Culture (11th ed. or 12th ed.) Wadsworth: Boston

Additional Resources


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Online Education

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Last updated: 06/16/2021 Sub#: 208