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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - COM6131

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2004-03-18
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2022 2003-10-27
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Communication AS 1217000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Gil Rodman 9743025

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    COM 6131 Gender in the Workplace

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 D - Discussion (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Gender in the Workplace
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    Graduate Standing



    Course Description

    This course focuses on the workplace as a site of gendered communication practices. A variety of work settings will be analyzed in terms of how they construct gender identities, reinforce public-private distinctions and maintain traditional career models.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    The body of research on gender issues and feminist perspectives in organizations is extensive. This course augments our other course offerings in organizational and managerial communication by highlighting the role of gender differences in structuring wor

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    The demand for this course is strong as indicated by recent course enrollments. The course is recommended for M.A. and Ph.D. students whose area of concentration is organizational communication, but in the past it has also drawn students from other areas as well as from other departments including Sociology and Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    It has been offered as a selected topics course twice.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Ph.D. in Communication or closely related field.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1. To examine the ways in which everyday organizational practices reinforce conventional constructions of masculinity and femininity.

    2. To familiarize students with theory and empirical research on the relationships between gender, communication, and organizations.

    3. To broaden studentsí awareness of the practical and policy implications of gender inequalities.

    4. To increase studentsí awareness of the possibilities for alternative ways of organizing and working.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will develop a deeper grasp of the role of communication in reinforcing and resisting gender inequities.

    Students will develop a sensitivity to the perceptions of others who experience marginalization in the workplace because of gender, race or physical ability.

    Students will be able to use course perspectives to analyze an organizational context of their choice.

    C. Major Topics

    Gender tokenism

    The public/private divide and work-family conflicts

    Gender and the discourse of career

    Carework, emotional labor and stress

    Glass ceiling phenomena

    Sexual harassment

    D. Textbooks

    Buzzanell, P.M. (2000). Rethinking organizational & managerial communication from feminist perspectives. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

    Hochschild, A.R. (1997). The time bind. New York: Metropolitan Books.

    Helgesen, S. (1995). The web of inclusion. New York: Currency/Doubleday.

    Bateson, M.C. (1989). Composing a life. New York: Plume Books.

    Hamper, B. (1991). Rivethead: Tales from the assembly line. New York: Warner Books.

    Allison, A. (1994). Nightwork: sexuality, pleasure, and corporate masculinity in a Tokyo hostess club. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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