CA404 Seminar:SpecTop in Comm Arts:

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CA 404  Special Topics in Communication Arts: Gender and Communication


SP 2010 HOA


Dr. J. Mark Noe


Chair, Department of Arts & Communication; Director Master of Arts in Communication & Leadership; Professor of Communication Arts

Office Location

Copley 203

Office Hours

8:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m. Please call Cathy Boisen at 584-6263 to schedule an appointment.

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

Administrative Assistant, Cathy Boisen, 816-584-6263


Semester Dates

January 11 - May 7, 2010

Class Days

Tuesday - Thursday

Class Time

10:10 - 11:25 AM


Advanced standing or permission of instructor. 3:0:3

Credit Hours



Stewart, Stewart, Cooper and Friedley.  Communication and Gender. 4th Edition.  Boston: Allyn & Bacon 2003.

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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. PREREQUISITE: Advanced standing or permission of instructor. 3:0:3

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.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Varies according to topic.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  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.
Core Assessment:
Varies according to topic

Class Assessment:

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


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.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Deadlines must be met on time.  No assignment will be accepted late without an excuse.

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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:





January 12

Get acquainted. Course Specifications.

January 14

Interpersonal Relationships and the Androgynous Person.

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


January 19

Female-Male Conversation: Complementary


Read Chapter 1: Perspectives.

January 21

Complementary Schismogenesis.


January 26

Guest Speaker

January 28

Sentence Completion Exercise.

Read Chapter 2: Identity and Stereotypes.

Reaction Paper 1 assigned.


February 2

Read Chapter 3: Language.

February 4

Complete Chapter 3.

Simulation: Headbands.

Gender Differences and Money.


February 9

Read Chapter 4: Nonverbal Communication.

February 11

Complete Nonverbal Communication.

Reaction Paper 1 due.

Review for Midterm Exam.


February 16

How Does It Feel….

February 18

Discussion Group (Reaction Paper 1).

Reaction Paper 2 assigned.


February 23

Midterm Exam: Chapters 1-4 and additional lectures.

February 25

Read Chapter 5: Friendships.

Read Chapter 6: Family, Courtship, and Marriage.

Return Midterm Exam.


March 2

Couple Communication: Initial Attraction and Dating.

Marriage: Is it Desirable?

March 4

Predicting Divorce.

Read Chapter 7: Education.


March 9

Spring Break

March 11   

Spring Break


March 16

Videotape: Comedy and Female-Male Communication.

March 18

Videotape: TBA


March 23

Read Chapter 8: The Media.

March 25

Reaction Paper 2 due.

Discussion Group.


March 30

Read Chapter 9: Organizations.

Communication Exercise: Jayne’s Dilemma.

April 1

Guest Speaker


April 6

Interpersonal Attraction and Physical Attraction.

Sexuality and Sexual Satisfaction.

Intimate Communication.

Arpril 8

Intimate Communication.


April 13

Videotape: TBA

April 15

Videotape: TBA


April 20

Videotape: The History of Sex.

April 22

Relationship Therapy.


April 27

Videotape: TBA

April 29

Review for Final


May 4

10:15 - 12:15pm

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 "F".
  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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
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.

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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