441D: Gender and Language
St. John Fisher College
Office: 110 Basil
Hours (no appointment necessary):
Tu/Thu 9-9:30 a.m., W 12:30-2:30 p.m., and
by appointment, and whenever my office door is open..
make an appointment, phone, e-mail, or contact me in person.
Description and Goals
course aims to enhance students' ability to analyze both language and communication
(how women and men are spoken of, how they speak, and how they communicate extralinguistically)
toward the goal of making tacit understandings of communication explicit. We will
analyze and critique research on language and gender to discern true gender differences
from folklinguistic myths. Students will develop the ability to ask and explore
questions about language and communication through original research projects.
The seminar is geared toward advanced students,
especially English majors, and a high degree of discussion participation and independent
thinking and writing will be required.
the most recent syllabus (Fall 2006)
the Collaborative Assignments packet
Download the Final Projects
CLASS PHOTO ALBUM
Virginia P. Clark, Paul A. Eschholz, and
Alfred R. Rosa, Language: Readings in Language and Culture (Bedford
St. Martin's, 1998)
Cameron, ed. and intro., The Feminist Critique of Language: A Reader
Reserve readings (Lavery Library)
No exams are currently scheduled in this course because
of its heavy emphasis on research and writing. However, there may be weekly quizzes
and/or a midterm and/or a final exam if it becomes necessary to use exams to motivate
students to master course materials. See the most
recent syllabus for details.
In a discussion course, class members' attendance
and participation are very important. As discussants we concentrate on building
a community where people cooperate in interpreting and creating meaning.
The attendance policy in this course is
consequently very strict. Make sure you understand it fully and that you're prepared
to abide by it before you decide to stay in this course. You are entitled to miss
the equivalent of one week of class meetings for any reason. Additional absences
will lower your grade regardless of the circumstances, because this is not the
kind of class you can make up if you're absent. Students absent for 3 weeks of
class or more may receive an F for the course (FA). There's no difference between
"excused" and "unexcused" absences. If you have a serious emergency, such as a
death in the family, auto accident, hospitalization, etc., please contact me as
soon as possible so that we can work with the Dean of Students to make arrangements,
as you may need to withdraw from the course. Students with perfect attendance
will receive a bonus in their final grade calculation.
If you miss class, you are still responsible for any deadlines
or assignments and for whatever material was covered that day. Arrange for someone
to deliver your assignments to me, to pick up handouts, go over class with you
or lend you notes. Extra handouts and worksheets will be available on the front
of my office door (and eventually on the course website).
Participation is required, not optional,
and means more than warming a seat on a regular basis. It means talking
and listening actively - asking questions, offering opinions, laughing,
making jokes and initiatives, etc. Students who have trouble speaking up are urged
to take advantage of this opportunity to practice their skills here. Set daily
goals for yourself, such as "I will ask a question or speak once today," and you
will be impressed with your own improvement. Students who never or rarely speak
in class - as well as students who fail to pay attention, talk while others are
speaking, or fall asleep in class - will receive low grades for participation.
often do our best work in collaboration with others, and throughout your life
you will consult with other people, in person and in print, as you develop your
ideas. However, while it is entirely legitimate to consult others, it is unethical
to take their ideas and pass them off as your own. The best way to guard against
plagiarism is to acknowledge the source(s) of your ideas. If you borrow someone
else's ideas, whether you use a direct quote, summary, or paraphrase, clearly
indicate who it belongs to. In writing you'll use MLA-style citations. (See the
course website for an online guide to MLA style.) When speaking, explain where
you got your information. Sometimes it's hard to tell when and what you need to
cite. Familiarize yourself with the section of the Student Handbook on plagiarism,
and talk with me if you have questions.
Ignorance about what constitutes plagiarism does not excuse it.
Students who are found to have plagiarized will be disciplined as detailed in
the Student Handbook, up to and including failing the course.
for Students with Diagnosed Disabilities
In compliance with St. John Fisher College policy
and applicable laws, appropriate academic accommodations are available to you
if you are a student with a disability. All requests for accommodations must be
supported by appropriate documentation and/or diagnosis and determined reasonable
by St. John Fisher College. Students with documented disabilities (physical, learning,
psychological) who may need academic accommodations must make an appointment
with the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities in the Student
Development Center, Kearney 211. Late notification will delay requested accommodations.
the most recent syllabus for readings and assignment