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COMD 363 : Communication and Society

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Communication and Society
An examination of human communication with specific focus on gender and sexuality. Analysis of verbal discourses, non-verbal communication, symbolic imagery and media as means of constructing identity and social norms.

This course provides students with an appreciation for the role human communication plays in the creation and maintenance of gender roles and ideas about sexuality in society. Coming to understand the social and cultural constructions of gender and sexuality, students will learn how to analyze and examine discourses about gender and sexuality as they exist within language, visual imagery, popular culture, television and advertising.

1. Reveal an understanding of the relationship between language and the creation gendar and sexual norms by identifying, in tests and quizzes, the ways in which gendar identity is socially and culturally constructed through communication.2.Demonstrate an understanding, through written analysis of popular media texts, of how sexual norms are socially and culturally constructed and are also dependent upon time and place.3.Through written assignments, discussion board postings, and a final class project, critically examine the role verbal discourse, non-verbal communication, symbolic imagery and mass media play in creating and maintaining gender identity and cultural constructions of sexuality.4.Describe ways in which social and cultural norms regarding gender and sexuality change as a result of new language and new media by identifying and discussing such norms.5.Differentiate between gender and sexuality as a product of communication and society rather than simply a product of biology through class activities.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
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