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COMM 321 Gender, Sport and Communication in the U.S.

This course explores gender and sport from a communication perspective. The course will consider professional, amateur and youth sport through the lenses of gender and language/media. Questions addressed include: How do traditional and non-traditional constructions of femininity work toward the marginalization or empowerment of women in sport? How is masculinity expressed, embodied, and reproduced through organized sport? Do the sports media of countries outside of the U.S. construct gender differently? How do race, class and disability interact with gender in the media-saturated world of sport? Course readings and visual materials include feminist theory; historical accounts of gender and sport; and primary media sources (magazines, newspapers, TV clips, films) Student learn communication techniques such as debating, doing oral presentations, and analyzing visual media.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 23, 2008 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Understanding of the social construction of gender as it affects sport
  • Understanding of how gender plays a role in the ¿sport-media-industrial complex¿
  • Ability to engage successfully in a variety of communication activities including a speech and PowerPoint presentation.
  • Ability to analyze a variety of verbal and visual materials, including advertising, film, and texts.
  • Contribution to community of learners through timely submission of written work and thoughtful contribution to discussions.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 1: Communication

  • Understand/demonstrate the writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing and presentation.
  • Participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
  • Locate, evaluate, and synthesize in a responsible manner material from diverse sources and points of view.
  • Select appropriate communication choices for specific audiences.
  • Construct logical and coherent arguments.
  • Use authority, point-of-view, and individual voice and style in their writing and speaking.
  • Employ syntax and usage appropriate to academic disciplines and the professional world.