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Can We Be Friends?

Exploring Human Relationships

Communication 101

Fall Semester 2012

Instructor: Julie Doxsee

Office: SOS 110

Phone: x1336

Email: jdoxsee@ku.edu.tr

Office Hours: T/Th 16:30-17:30 or appointment by email request

Course Description:
Comm 101will lead you to write text-based essays in the context of a particular academic theme, in other words, to do what we do in an academic community—meaningfully participate in an on-going discourse. As apprentices, you will read texts from various authors to become familiar with what the issues are, how we talk about them, and what positions we might take. Further reading will help you to explore and understand how an argument is effectively constructed. Through summary, paraphrase, and personal response you will develop the skills to formulate your own perspective. This process will include an analytical essay, grounded in one academic text, and for which you will plan, draft and revise your essay. The second assignment will ask you to apply your reading and writing skills to an essay that should synthesize material from two texts. By the end of the course, you should be prepared to move on to your discipline specific Comm class, in which you should be able to apply the skills they have learned in Comm 101 and continue to participate in an on-going academic discourse, specific to your field.
Among others, these skills should include:

  • Developing a process based approach to academic writing.

  • Learning to organize and express ideas in a manner appropriate to audience and purpose.

  • Understanding the importance of grammatical accuracy.

  • Becoming familiar with strategies for different kinds of writing.

  • Being introduced to and beginning to accurately use summary, paraphrase & quotation.

  • Being introduced to and beginning to accurately use academic vocabulary.

  • Writing formal papers using basic word processing and proper formatting.

  • A basic knowledge and ability to use MLA documentation and in-text citation.

Course Theme:

Drawing from various writings on the social, cultural, scientific, literary, entertaining, and philosophical sides of interpersonal behavior, this course will explore the underpinnings how people communicate, or don’t communicate, within relationships.  Through discussions, writing assignments, and skill development, we will attempt to answer the following questions: Why do relationships and friendships so strongly influence our thoughts and behaviors? How have technology and social media changed our ideas about friendships and relationships? As students writing in the 21st century, you will be expected to contribute intellectually to this large field of study by increasing reading comprehension, responding to & analyzing texts, and synthesizing the perspectives of different authors. 

Course Requirements & Grading:
Two formal academic essays: drafts, revisions, and final drafts 40%
Essay One: Summary and Analytical Response 20%

In-Class First Draft: (summary): 5%

Second Draft: (integration of response, paraphrase) 5%

Final Draft: (in-depth analysis, complete integration of summary, paraphrase, quotation) 10%

This 2-3 page essay should demonstrate understanding of a specified text and provide a thoughtful response to the assigned text. It will focus on one main text, but may require the inclusion of, or response to, knowledge gleaned from additional course materials. The essay should selectively summarize material from the text, based on the task presented, provide a response, and must refer substantially to the text. The response will ask you to do one of the following:

  • Apply ideas from the text to another context

  • Do a specific type of rhetorical analysis, such as analyzing the argument

  • Evaluate the persuasiveness of the text

  • Agree or disagree with a part or the whole of the text.

Essay Two: Analytical Synthesis 20%

First Draft and/or Peer Review: 5%

Final Draft: 15%
In this 3-4 page essay, your response should focus on a synthesis of two main texts. The essay should summarize relevant parts of two texts, and I will ask you to do one of the following:

  • Apply the ideas in the more theoretical text to a case study.

  • Compare the persuasiveness of the two essays.

  • Discuss how the two texts complement each other.

  • Discuss how one text might respond to another.

In-class Essay: 20%

Details for this assignment will be distributed in class the week before the in-class essay is

scheduled to take place.
Formal Writing Exercises and Homework 20%
Oral Component 10%

At the end of the semester you will be assigned to a group. Each group will be responsible for

organizing and creating a group presentation based on a reading. Presentations will occur during

the last week of classes.

Participation / Quizzes 10%

Quizzes will test you reading comprehension and analytical skills. If you actively read and

understand the assigned texts, your success at taking the quizzes is almost guaranteed. You will

also be expected to participate in discussions regarding the readings/topics for the week.

Grading Criteria:
Essays will be graded based on the following criteria:
Content: 40%

Organization and Development: 30%

Grammar and vocabulary 30%
Note: All assignments done outside of class must be typed, double spaced, spell checked, printed on A4 paper, completed on time AND be your own work.
Required Course Materials:
1. Rules for Writers by Diana Hacker, updated 6th edition, (available at Pandora bookstore)

2. Course Packet – This is available at Copyland (located in the student center). Your course packet will be under your instructor’s name.

3. English/English dictionary

4. Binder

5. Writing Implements: pen or pencil, eraser, notebook

6. Stapler

Class Attendance and Participation:

Class attendance is required, and any absences will negatively impact your participation grade. If you accumulate more than 5 unexcused absences, it will result in a reduction of your final grade for the course: 6 unexcused absences = 5% penalty, 7 = 10%, 8 = 15%, 9= 20%. If you accumulate more than 9 unexcused absences, you will automatically fail the course. Consult with your instructor if you believe there are extenuating circumstances that have made it impossible for you to regularly attend class. Please come to class on time; each three times you arrive to class more than five minutes late will count as one absence.
Policy on Late Work
No work submitted after the deadline for the next assignment has passed will be accepted. For example, the first essay submitted on or after the deadline for the submission of the second essay will not be accepted. No student work will be accepted unless all previous stages of the assignment have been completed. For example, a student who has not submitted a first draft on or before the deadline for the final draft may not submit the final draft. An instructor may accept work submitted late, but before the next deadline, in order to validate the grading of the next stage, but the instructor is not obliged to award a grade, read, or provide feedback on work that is excessively late (see below).
Students may hand in late work, but the student’s grade will be deducted by 5 points for each day late. No work will be awarded a grade after 5 days late. If you are not able to hand in work due to an emergency situation, please see your instructor as soon as possible.
Plagiarism and Collusion Policy:

Plagiarism is presenting someone else's words or ideas as your own, without proper reference.  You are graded on your own individual work, not another's masquerading as your own.  Any student found plagiarizing on or colluding in writing assignments may fail the assignment, fail the course, and/or be referred  to the university's disciplinary council.  This may result in suspension from the university.  You commit plagiarism when:

  • You copy someone else's writing and do not put it in quotation marks and identify the source.

  • You take someone else's writing, change some of the words, and do not identify the source.

  • You take someone else's ideas or sequence of ideas, put them into your own words, and do not identify the source.

  • Someone else writes your assignments or changes your writing and thus creates a false impression of your abilities.

You engage in collusion when:

  • You receive unauthorized help with your writing by paying or otherwise inducing another person to do the writing for you.

Grading Scale:
A = 100 – 90% B+ = 86 – 83 % C+ = 76 – 73 % D+ = 66 – 63 %

A- = 89 – 87% B = 82 – 80 % C = 72 – 70% D = 62 – 60 %

B- = 79 – 77% C- = 69 – 67% F = 59 – 0%
Course Guidelines and Expectations:

  • Come to class prepared!

  • Behave respectfully toward the instructor and fellow students

  • Submit neat and Professional work

  • Keep up with work and expectations


Communication 101 Schedule

This schedule is tentative and is subject to change. You will be notified of all changes as they occur.


Reading Texts & Activities

Assignments/ Due Dates


Week of 17 Sept

T: Syllabus, course theme, course introduction

Th: “Taste for Pears Was Bruin’s Undoin’” What is critical reading?

F: critical reading continued, discussion


Week of

24 Sept

Romantic relationships

T: Muise, Amy et al. “More Information than You Ever Wanted: Does Facebook Bring out the Green-Eyed Monster of Jealousy?” and quiz

Th: Discussion

F: What is summary? What is a signal phrase? BRING HACKER


Week of 1 Oct

Romantic relationships

T: Reading: Zeldin, Theodore “Why the conversation of Love is Moving in New Direction” and quiz

Th: Discussion, Writing about text, “They Say, I Say” practice summaries BRING HACKER

F: Organization and drafting strategies. What is a thesis? What is audience? BRING HACKER


Week of

8 Oct

Romantic relationships

T-Th-F: Diagnostic in-class writing

and library session

Essay 1: In-Class First Draft/Diagnostic


Week of 15 Oct


T: Reading: Zeldin, Theodore “Why friendship between men and women has been so fragile.” quiz

Th: What is analytical response? BRING HACKER

F: What is MLA format? BRING HACKER


Week of 22 Oct


T: Reading: West, Anne et al. “Students, Facebook ‘friends’: public and private spheres”

2nd draft of Essay 1 due, revision strategies. How do I more effectively use summary, paraphrase and quotation? BRING HACKER

No Class 25, 26 Kurban Bayram

Essay 1: 2nd Draft Due


Week of 29 Oct


No Class 29 October

Th: Individual conferences – No regular class

F: Individual conferences – No regular class

Essay 1: Conferences


Week of

5 Nov


T: Individual conferences – No regular class

Th: Final Draft due, Reading: Froding, Barbro and Peterson Martin “Why virtual friendship is no genuine friendship” discussion of Aristotelian friendship

F: What is synthesis? BRING HACKER

Essay 1: Final Draft Due


Week of 12 Nov


T: Reading: Jain, Anita “Is Arranged Marriage Really any Worse than Craigslist?” Quiz

Th: Discussion

F: Essay 2 assignment handout, Reading: Razdan, Anjula “What’s Love Got to Do with it?” Discussion


Week of 19 Nov


T: Discussion: How to evaluate the positive and negative, the persona, tone, diction, examples in two texts?

Th: Individual conferences

F: Individual conferences

Essay 2: Conferences to discuss Drafts


Week of 26 Nov


T: Graded peer review with guide. YOU MUST BRING A DRAFT OF YOUR PAPER

Th: “Turkishisms” and local revisions

F: Revision strategies, MLA exercise

Essay 2: Peer Review


Week of 3 Dec

Marriage in Literature

T: Reading: Carver, Raymond “Cathedral” and quiz

Th: Discussion, Oral presentation assignments distributed

F: Reading: Head, Bessie “Collector of Treasures” and quiz


Week of 10 Dec

Marriage in Literature

T: In-class writing – literary response

Th-F: Essay 2 final draft due, review of Zeldin and Preparation for In-Class essay, oral presentation workshop

Essay 2: Final Draft Due


Week of 17 Dec

T: No Class (review Zeldin)

Th: Evening class 18:30-20:45 Classroom TBA

F: No Class (work with oral presentation groups)

In-Class Essay


Week of 24 Dec

T: Presentations

Th: Presentations

F: Presentations

Oral Presentations

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