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English 441D: Gender and Language
St. John Fisher College

Lisa Jadwin, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Office: 110 Basil Hall
585/385-8192 (voice)
585/385-7311 (fax)
ljadwin@sjfc.edu (e-mail)

Office 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..

To make an appointment, phone, e-mail, or contact me in person.

Course Description and Goals
This 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.

Download the most recent syllabus (Fall 2006)
Download the Collaborative Assignments packet (Fall 2006)
Download the Final Projects Guideline
(Fall 2006)


Required Texts
Virginia P. Clark, Paul A. Eschholz, and Alfred R. Rosa, Language: Readings in Language and Culture (Bedford St. Martin's, 1998)
Deborah Cameron, ed. and intro., The Feminist Critique of Language: A Reader (Routledge, 1998)
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.
Academic Honesty
We 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.
Statement 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.

Readings and Assignments
Download the most recent syllabus for readings and assignment dates.

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Last updated Wednesday, January 24, 2007.