Gender, Sexuality and Relational Communication | Communication Studies

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

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Gender, Sexuality and Relational Communication

This area examines the construction and representation of gender, sexuality and interpersonal relationships from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives.  Courses offered in this area explore and promote the viability of individuals, sexualities, and relationships as powerful sites of cultural creativity, critique and resistance.  In concert with issues in class, race, language and culture, this area focuses on such topics as gender and social movements; feminist perspectives on pedagogy, spirituality, persuasion, conflict, sports, performance, organizational communication and health communication; eco-feminism; queer theory; and postcolonial perspectives on gender and sexuality.  Courses also examine families, friendships, and intimate relationships as sites of relational communication and  gender construction.  Several courses encourage analysis and critique of media and discursive representations of gender, sexuality, and communication in relationships. 

Recent Courses Offered

  • Topics in Gender, Sexuality & Communication
  • Black Feminist Thought as Theory & Praxis
  • Public Address: History of Women’s Movements in the U.S.
  • Language, Culture & Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication & the Mass Media
  • Interpersonal Conflict
  • Compassionate Communication
  • Dynamics in Organizational Communication
  • Studies in Organizational Communication
  • Communication and Gender
  • Special Topics in Rhetoric: Feminist Theory & Criticism
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Family Communication