CA404 Seminar:SpecTop in Comm Arts:

for U1J 2006

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CA 404 Special Topics in Communication Arts


U1J 2006 PV


Ventresca, Thomas J.


Senior Instructor


M.A. English, Pittsburg State University
M.A. Counseling, University of Missouri--Kansas City
B.A. English, Rockhurst University

Daytime Phone

(816) 931-3428


Semester Dates

June 5-July 30, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM


Advanced standing or permission from the instructor.

Credit Hours


Stewart, Stewart, Cooper, and Friedley.  Communication and Gender.  4th Edition.  Scottsdale, AZ: Gorsuch Scarisbrick, 2003.

Course Description:
Revolving topic seminar for advanced students, which may be repeated  under different topic headings.  Topics deal with such matters as social  responsibility in mass media, effects of technological change upon  communication industry, film criticism, promotional strategies and case  studies, or possibly issues and problems in broadcast management or public  relations.  Advanced standing or permission of instructor. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of critical thinking and exploration based on readings, lectures, dialogues, writings, presentations, and students' insights.  The facilitator will engage each learner in a lively discussion of issues and challenges, and how these ideas and insights can improve professional careers and personal lives.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Varies according to topic.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 1. To facilitate more effective communication episodes with the opposite sex.
  2. 2. To differentiate between female-male stereotypical images and actual communication.
  3. 3. To consider the consequences of gender-bound behavior.
  4. 4. To develop strategies for improving gender-bound differences.
  5. 5. To create an environment that allows for the authentic exploration of feelings and communication obstacles.
  6. 6.  To experience new patterns of interacting and relating to others that transcends previous limits.
  7. 7.  To discover unconscious gender filters that we employ to interpret the actions/statements of others.
  8. 8.  To employ insight and skill to overcome gender differences in communication styles.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the relevant Core Learning Outcomes.  The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructinal modalities.  The core assessment for this course is the Portfolio.

The Portfolio will include the following:
(1) a six to ten-page research based paper;
(2) at least one assignment that requires students to analyze gender communication;
(3) at least one assignment that illustrates student understanding of gender differences in values and communication;
(4) at least one assignment that assesses one's own gender communication strengths and weaknesses and an action plan to improve weak areas.

While this activity is required, its weight related to the grade computation may be modified as long as it is at least 20% of the total grade for the course.  The Portfolio will assess outcomes 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8.

Students will be evaluated by the above Portfolio assignments, plus four short reflection papers on the readings, one chapter presentation, one research paper presentation, class participation, and attendance.

All papers should be typewritten, double-spaced.  Name, title, number of assignment, and date in upper right hand corner.  Students may rewrite their graded papers.  Hand in rewritten papers by the next class (include the original stapled underneath the rewrite).  The scores of the two papers (the original and the rewrite) will be averaged to get a new score.  The content, organization (opening, body, close), and mechanics (grammar, punctuation, spelling) of the papers are very important.

(1) Research-based paper (15 points)
(2) Three other assignments (5 points each = 15 points)

Four short reflection papers (5 points each = 20 points)
One chapter presentation.  (5 points)
Research paper presentation.  (5 points)
Participation.  (5 points)
Perfect attendance.  (4 points)
One class missed.  (0 points)
Two classes missed. (-6 points and may be dropped from class)
Three classes missed.  (Dropped from class and -12 points)

A = 58-68
B = 46-57
C = 35-45
D = 24-34
F = 0-23

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late papers may not be accepted; if accepted they will be subject to a reduced grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to honor the basic rules of classroom behavior: (1) only one person speaks at a time, (2) no side conversations while someone is talking, (3) full attention given to person speaking, (4) treat others as you would like to be treated (respect shown to everyone in the class).

Class #1

June 7

Overview of Course.  Introductions. Interpersonal relationships and the androgynous person.  

Read Chapter One in textbook.

Class #2

June 14

Identity and Stereotypes, Language.  

Read Chapters 2 and 3.  Reflection paper on Chapters 1,2 3.   Student presentations of chapters.      

Class #3

June 21

Nonverbal Communication.

Read Chapter 4.  Profolio Assignment #1 Due. Student presentation on chapter.

Class #4

June 28

Friendships, Family, Courtship, Marriage

Read Chapters 5 and 6. Reflection papers on Chapter 4, and Chapters 5,6.  Student presentations of chapters.

Class #5

July 5


Read Chapter 7.  Portfolio Assignment #2 Due. Student presentation of chapter.

Class #6

July 12

The Media

Read Chapter 8.  Reflection paper on Chapters 7,8.    Student presentation on chapter.

Class #7

July 19


Read Chapter 9.  Portfolio Assingment #3 ("Keys to Communicating with the Opposite Sex").  Student presentation on chapter.

Class #8

July 26

Final reports and presentations.    

Research paper  due. Presentation on research paper. Profolio completed.





Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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