Language and Gender (3150LHS)

This course examines the nature and function of gender differences in communication on a cross-cultural basis. The emphasis is on verbal language, but some attention is also paid to differences in nonverbal communication. The contrasts between stereotypes about how women and men communicate and the actually occurring patterns are carefully examined. The significance of different communication patterns is considered in connection with theoretical models drawn from sociolinguistics, anthropology and psychology. Topics covered include: Gender differences in linguistic forms (pronunciation, vocabulary, syntax, etc.); conversational patterns; issues of status and politeness; gender bias in language use; developmental aspects of gender-differential language use; case studies in language use (i.e., gender-related differences in legal language, in education, in the mass media) and strategies for changing sexist linguistic practices. Prerequisites: NIL Co-requisites: NIL Incompatible: NIL

Course study information

Credit points (awarded)

10 (10)

Study level


Student contribution band

Band 1

Usually available

Nathan Trimester 2

Course offerings and timetables


Key dates

Course start date
8 July 2019
Last day to add a course
21 July 2019
Last day to drop a course without financial penalty (Census date)
4 August 2019
Last day to drop a course without academic penalty
8 September 2019

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Class Availability When Where Notes
You must attend this Seminar
Seminar (40550) Open Tuesday 09:00 - 11:50
Weeks 1 - 5, 6 - 12
N56 0.09
Languages Building
Nathan Campus