The class emphasizes how communication creates gender and gendered power dynamics and how communicative patterns reflect, sustain and alter social conceptions of gender.
We will focus on how we produce gendered communicative acts in our speech, writing, media, everyday life and through our bodies. Course Goals and Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: A. Recognize how gender is socially construction through different communication practices and in different communication contexts B. Distinguish how the relationship between gender, sexuality, communication and power impact our day-to-day life. C.
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Define different theories of gender and how it is learned, performed and resisted. D. Establish a sense of themselves as communicative agents in relation to gender, sexuality, internationality, and the responsibilities of public citizenry. Required Text Readings are on reserve at the U Library website in the course reserves section under the course number. Readings Available on LEARN Additional readings or links may be posted on LEARN. Please have a valid LEARN account by the first week of class.
Course Requirements and Assessment Assessment Reading Summaries Presentation Discourse Analysis Deliberation Essay Participation Total Date of Evaluation (if known) Weekly swept 23- NOVO 25 October 21 November 25 On-going Weighting 100% ASSIGNMENT OVERVIEW Reading Summary (30%) You are required to provide a reading summary (1-3 pegs, Times, 12 opt, double spaced) to the assigned reading(s) each week. The response must provide a clear and comprehensive overview of the key argument and concepts provided in the reading(s) (identify thesis, supporting arguments, examples, central terms).
You may situate the reading in its historical context and also within the context of the course and weekly theme. These must be submitted on LEARN 1 her before class each week. Failure to submit by 1 :pm on Tuesdays will result in a grade of ‘O’ for that week. There are no extensions. Bring a copy of your summary to class each week to help you participate in class discussions Presentation (20%) In groups of 2-3 you will lead a discussion of one assigned reading. You will offer any necessary context to the reading, a breakdown of central claims and supports and provide a case study or example and set of questions.
The purpose of this assignment is to provide a starting point for an engaged and sustained class discussion each week. Discourse Analysis (20%) DUE October 21st Select a topic, event, or incident which is being widely addressed across social media ND that is relevant to discussions of gender. In a short essay (4-5 pegs, Times, opt, double spaced) critically engage and analyze the discourse circulating about the case study (use 3-6 sources) through the frame of one or several of the texts we have read so far (Wilkins, Butler, Bernstein, Brimley, Outlanders or Lorded).
Take a position on the case study from your own informed perspective on the existing conversation, and assert what is your contribution to the discussion. Deliberation Essay (20%) DUE November 25 You will submit a final deliberation essay done in pairs (8-10 pages, Times, opt, bubble spaced). Together you will write a dialog, collaborative paper, produced primarily through email (or some other electronic means) and then recorded and submitted as a word document. You will together select a topic based on the concepts and material from class responding directly to/against/with one another.
Each deliberation begins with a specific example we have talked about in class (a social movement, an event, a social media practice, any other form of gendered communication). First, one partner describes the agreed upon example in its full intent with at least a paragraph response to the event that includes a definition of the chosen concept. The second partner writes a response to what the first partner has submitted. This continues with a series of exchanges with points of clarification and expanding on your partner’s point.
Bring in examples and support your arguments from texts used in the course to help clarify your position. There must be a minimum of 8 paragraphs from each partner. You may collectively write a conclusion to your deliberation. Participation (10%) This evaluation category is based on your punctual arrival to class and on your active, enthusiastic, and respectful participation in class discussions and group activities. Initiating, risk-taking, and discussion encouraging behavior and the quality of contributions in class are part of the evaluation criteria.
This mark also reflects your preparedness to discuss in detail the weekly assigned readings. This includes your bringing the readings to class with your notes and any questions, observations you wish to share.