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CA 404 Seminar: Special Topics in Group Interaction
Noe, J. Mark


COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER:  CA 404

COURSE TITLE:  Female-Male Communication

COURSE DESCRIPTOR:

TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT:  Fall 2004 (FA04)

NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER:  J. Mark Noe, Ph.D.

TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER:  Associate Dean, School of Arts and Humanities, Associate Professor of Communication Arts

FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION:   Copley Hall, Room 203

FACULTY OFFICE HOURS:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER: (816) 584-6320

FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS:  jmark.noe@park.edu

OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS:

FACULTY WEB PAGE ADDRESS:

DATES OF THE TERM:  August 23 – December 10, 2004

CLASS SESSIONS DAYS:  Monday and Friday

CLASS SESSION TIME: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

PREREQUISITE(S): Advanced standing or permission from the instructor

CREDIT HOURS:  3

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

 

VISION STATEMENT

Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

 

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.

 

FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY:

Vocational                    ¬¾¾®        Career               ¬¾¾®       Liberal Arts

            Education                                           Education                                   Education

(emphasis on immediate goals)                                                                     (emphasis on long-term goals)

 

Colleges and universities are not designed to be vocational schools.  Unlike trade schools that prepare students for a specific career (e.g. auto repair, hair dressing), the four-year college/university is dedicated to educating citizens for social, political, and economic life.  Some classes that may not be perceived as “relevant” (i.e., direct application to a career) are relevant to the future of the student as an effective member of society.  If the sole emphasis is on “getting a job,” the immediate goal may threaten the broader issue of what jobs might exist in the future.  A person who is narrowly trained to do a job today may be out of a job tomorrow.  Over specialization may result in the specialty becoming obsolete in the long run.  The Communication Theory and Human Relations graduate is prepared not only for entry-level jobs, but also has the skills sought for middle management positions.  Jobs in human resources, training and development, staff development, public relations, sales, or management are potential career choices.  Others may choose to pursue additional study in graduate schools.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

 

1.      To facilitate more effective communication episodes with the opposite sex.

2.      To differentiate between female-male stereotypical images and actual communication.

3.      To consider the consequences of gender-bound behavior.

4.      To develop strategies for improving gender-bound differences.

 

COURSE TEXTBOOK(S):

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

 

ACADEMIC HONESTY: “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.” 

 

PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.  In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”.  An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.  Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.  Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.  Instructor’s Note:  The goal of an attendance policy is to promote quality participation.  If you must miss class because of some school activity or other excused reason, please notify me in advance at 584-6320.

 

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: Deadlines must be met on time.  No assignment will be accepted late without an excuse.

 

COURSE ASSESSMENT: Assessment will be based on attendance, participation, examinations, and papers.

 

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT:

 

Reaction Papers:  Reaction papers must be typewritten.  Your work should reflect college-level standards (rise to your level of competence).  Paper should be good bond (no onion skin) and

8 ½ x 11.  Any paper found to be plagiarized will receive a zero and may not be rewritten.

 

Extra Credit:  No extra credit work will be assigned or accepted.

 

Examinations:  Examinations may include any or all of the following: multiple choice, matching, short identification or definition, fill-in-the-blank, true/false, and short essay questions.  One class period will be allotted for exams.  Students arriving late will not be allowed to work longer than the designated period.  The final exam is not comprehensive in nature.  You are responsible for lecture information not included in your textbooks.

 

Conferences:  You are welcome to drop by my office to discuss papers or other concerns.  I am willing to read early drafts of your papers if you want my opinion.

 

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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent 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: www.park.edu/disability

 

 

COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS:

 

Week

Date

Topics/Assignments

1

August 23

Get acquainted.  Course Specifications.

 

 

August 27

Interpersonal Relationships and the Androgynous Person.

The Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI): Assessment and Explanation.

 

2

August 30

Female-Male Conversation: Complementary

Schismogenesis. 

Read Chapter 1: Perspectives.

 

 

September 3

Complementary Schismogenesis.

 

3

September 6

Labor Day – No classes

 

 

September 10

Sentence Completion Exercise.

Read Chapter 2: Identity and Stereotypes.

Reaction Paper 1 assigned.

 

4

September 13

Read Chapter 3: Language.

 

 

September 17

Complete Chapter 3.

Simulation: Headbands.

Gender Differences and Money.

 

5

September 20

Read Chapter 4: Nonverbal Communication.

 

 

September 24

Complete Nonverbal Communication.

Reaction Paper 1 due.

Review for Midterm Exam.

 

 

6

September 27

How Does It Feel….

 

 

October 1

Discussion Group (Reaction Paper 1).

Reaction Paper 2 assigned.

 

7

October 4

Midterm Exam: Chapters 1-4 and additional lectures.

 

 

October 8

Read Chapter 5: Friendships.

Read Chapter 6: Family, Courtship, and Marriage.                                               

Return Midterm Exam.

 

8

October 11

Couple Communication: Initial Attraction and Dating.

Marriage: Is it Desirable?

 

 

October 15

Predicting Divorce.

Read Chapter 7: Education.

 

 9

October 18

Fall Break

 

 

October 22

Fall Break

 

10

October 25

Videotape: Comedy and Female-Male Communication.

 

 

October 29

 Videotape:  TBA

 

11

November 1

Read Chapter 8: The Media.

 

 

November 5

Reaction Paper 2 due.

Discussion Group.

 

12

November 8

Read Chapter 9: Organizations.

Communication Exercise: Jayne’s Dilemma.

 

 

November 12

Videotape:  TBA

 

13

November 15

Interpersonal Attraction and Physical Attraction.

Sexuality and Sexual Satisfaction.

Intimate Communication.

 

 

November 19

Intimate Communication.

 

14

November 22

Videotape:  TBA

 

 

November 26

Thanksgiving Holiday.

 

 

15

November 29

Videotape: The History of Sex.

 

 

December 3

Relationship Therapy.

 

16

December 6

Videotape:  TBA

 

 

December 10

Review for Final

 

Final

December 13

10:15 – 12:15

 

GRADING PLAN:

Midterm Exam                          100 points

Final Exam                                100 points

Reaction Paper 1                        30 points

Reaction Paper 2                        30 points

Participation and Attendance       20 points

                        TOTAL            280 points

A numerical grade will be given for each assignment.  Final grades will be determined according to the following scale:   

                                  280 - 252 = A

                                  251 - 224 = B

                                  223 - 196 = C

                                  195 - 168 = D

                                  Below 168 = F   

 

If you have any questions concerning a particular grade, you should stop in and see me or request a conference.