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  WORK/LIFE INTERSECTIONS AND COMMUNICATION  –   COMMUN 860  –   Fall 2018 University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee  –   Department of Communication  Room:    Johnston Hall 310 Time: Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6:10pm Sarah Riforgiate, Ph.D. (Pronouns: she, her, hers) Office Hours : Wednesday 9:00am to 11:00am and by appointment Office Location:  Merrill Hall 242 E-mail: The idea of work/life balance has burgeoned as a research area, self- help book topic, and a “hot” workplace concern. As the quotes illustrate, there are a range of ways to conceptualize work and life. What is work? How is work separate from life (perhaps work is an out of body experience)? To what extent is work/life balance achievable , a myth, a choice… ? Does everyone experience work/life issues? And most importantly, how does communication serve to create, frame,  perpetuate, and challenge conceptualizations of the public (work) and private (life) spheres? Using a largely social constructivist approach, this class is designed to generate a healthy discussion and analysis pertaining to work/life research, while creating opportunities for students to pursue work/life questions to enhance understanding in the communication field. Student Learning Outcomes: At the completion of this class, students should be able to: •   Demonstrate the ability to think critically by engaging in complex discussions pertaining to work/life communication and identifying multiple perspectives and issues •   Synthesize and critically evaluate information pertinent to communication research •   Conduct academic research and scholarly writing •   Effectively present and discuss academic research Required Textbooks:  Hochschild, A. R. (1997). The time bind: When work becomes home and home becomes work  .  New York: Metropolitan Books. Schulte, B. (2014). Overwhelmed: Work, love, and play when no one has the time . New York: Sarah Crichton Books. Supplemental readings will be made available electronically. Recommended Text:   American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological  Association  (6 th  ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.   “   Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life  .” ~  Anonymous “There’s no such thing as work  -life balance. There are work-life choices, and you make them, and they have consequences.” ~Jack Welch “Don’t confuse having a career with having a life.” ~Hillary Rodham Clinton    Work/Life Intersections and Communication  –   COMM 820 2 Course Policies are set so that the rules  are    clear and fair to everyone.   Student Conduct: My goal is to build a classroom climate that is comfortable for all. I do not anticipate any concerns among graduate students. However I will remind you to  please be respectful to all members of the classroom and avoid unnecessary disruptions during class time. Attendance: You are EXPECTED to attended class regularly and to be part of our learning community. I am not able to reproduce discussions and the learning that occurs through open exchange of ideas. Missing class will limit your understanding of the concepts and negatively impact your final grade. Academic Integrity:  All work in this class should be your srcinal work and accomplished individually. When using other peoples ’ words or ideas, I expect that you will cite your source s to give the author  s’ credit for their work; failing to do so is considered plagiarism. Plagiarism is a violation of the academic honor code and caries severe sanctions, including failing a course or even suspension or dismissal from the University. If there is any question or doubt about an assignment,  please speak with me PRIOR to turning it in to make sure there is not an issue. More information on the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Academic Misconduct policy and procedures can be found at  Late Assignments: All assignments are due on the day and time designated in the Course Schedule. Please plan ahead. If you need an adjustment for a due date, contact me in advance to make appropriate arrangements. Assignments that have not received an extension at least 24 hours PRIOR to the due date will be considered late and will receive a 10% deduction for each day  after the deadline. Academic Student Accommodations: I am fully committed to student learning. Please contact me via email or come to my office hours if you require accommodations so we can privately discuss and determine the best way to facilitate learning.   The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee supports the right of all enrolled students to a full and equal educational opportunity. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Wisconsin State Statute (36.12) require that students with disabilities be reasonably accommodated in instruction and campus life. Reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities is a shared faculty and student responsibility. Students are expected to inform me of their need for instructional accommodations by the end of the third week of the semester, or as soon as possible after a disability has been incurred or recognized. I, will work with you and in coordination with the Accessibility Resource Center (, 414-229-6287) to identify and provide reasonable instructional accommodations. Time Investment:  UWM policy requires that students should spend a minimum of 48 hours of work per credit hour. Grades are based on the quality of work  , not the time spend on assignments.   “When people honor each other,  there is a trust established that leads to synergy, interdependence,  and deep respect. Both parties make  decisions and choices based on what is right, what is best, what is valued most highly.” ~Blaine Lee “Eighty percent of    success is showing up.”   ~Woody Allen "It takes less time to do a  thing right than to explain why you did it wrong." ~Henry Wadsworth  Longfellow Activity Hours Class Meetings 40 Reading 50 Work on Assignments 54  Work/Life Intersections and Communication  –   COMM 820 3 University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Syllabus Policies: For additional information, please refer to the following link regarding University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee syllabus policies:  Course Requirements: Activities and Building Block Components (120 points total):  You will have several activities and building block assignments during the course of the semester that will help you engage with the course information and write your group paper.  All activities and building blocks must be  completed to receive a grade for this class. More details will be provided in class regarding each of the components, but following is a general summary of the expectations. All documents should be typed and submitted electronically on the date specified. Mini-Article Synopsis and Presentations (50 points total/10 points per article):  Select five of the supplemental articles throughout the semester (assignments will be made early in the semester so there is no overlap) and write a one page summary/critique of each of the readings and share highlights of the information with the class verbally. Definition Short Paper (10 points): In approximately 2 to 3 pages, explain the concepts of work and life and how these relate to communication. Topic Proposal (10 points): In approximately 2 pages total (typed and double spaced), describe two specific work/life research questions you would potentially like to study this semester and why each topic warrants study. Team Project Reference List (10 points):  Provide a list of 20 potential references for your group research paper that are published in scholarly peer-reviewed journals. At least 10 of these references should be different from (in addition to) those found on the class syllabus.  Follow APA formatting when listing your references. IRB Training/Application (10 points):  Each of you will complete IRB training and each student research team will submit an IRB application for their team research project. Time Log (10 points): Keep track of all activities for the period of a week and bring these to class for analysis/discussion. Team Research Paper Draft (20 points):  You will provide a full draft of your team research paper - drafts should be as complete as possible. I will provide feedback that can be incorporated into the final paper. Cultural Text Analysis Paper and Presentation (Paper = 125 points; Presentation = 25 points): You will select a cultural text (popular press book, selected magazines, movie, selected TV shows, etc.) for analysis. Using scholarly articles, students will write a 14-18 page analysis  paper examining a particular work/life topic related to the cultural text.  Team Research Project Paper and Presentation (Paper = 125 points; Presentation = 25 points):  You will form research teams of two to three students to conduct a full research project, conference ready paper (approximately 25 pages), and presentation pertaining to an organizational or interpersonal communication work/life question.  Work/Life Intersections and Communication  –   COMM 820 4 Dynamic Discussion Leading (50 points): Discussion-leading provides an opportunity for you to experience the concept-integration skills and presentation abilities of leading a seminar. Dates will be chosen in the second week of class. Please touch base with me a week or two in advance to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Discussion leaders will provide a short summary of each article (posted prior to class). In addition, considering all the articles together, discussion leaders will prepare 4-6 discussion questions that encourage students to integrate the main concepts from readings in an interactive, lively manner (posted 24 hours in advance of the discussion). Active Engagement/Participation (30 points): Active engagement involves carefully reading assigned material prior to each class and considering the discussion questions in advance so that you participate fully in all class conversations. You will be asked to offer your opinions on ideas and reasoned arguments in support of a variety of positions  –   be prepared for your opinions to be challenged. You do not need to be an expert on the content, but do need to fully engage with the content, ask thoughtful questions, seek clarification, and share your interpretations during class.  Evaluation Points: Building Blocks 120 Mini-Article Synopsis (5 X 10 points each) Definition Short Paper (10 points) Topic Proposal (10 points) Team Project Reference List (10 points) Team IRB Application (10 points) Time Log (10 points) Team Research Paper Draft (20 points) Cultural Text Analysis 150 Paper (125 points) Presentation (25 points) Team Research Project 150 Paper (125 points) Presentation (25 points) Dynamic Discussion Leading 50 Active Engagement/Participation 30 500 points possible Grade Distribution : A = 470-500 points (94% to 100%) A- = 450-469 points (90% to 93.9%) B+ = 430-449 points (86% to 89.9%) B = 420-429 points (84% to 85.9%) B- = 400-419 points (80% to 83.9%) C+ = 380-399 points (76% to 79.9%) C = 370-379 points (74% to 75.9%) C- = 350-369 points (70% to 73.9%) D+ = 330-349 points (66% to 69.9%) D = 320-329 points (64% to 65.9%) D- = 300-319 points (60% to 63.9%) F+ = 280-299 points (56% to 59.9%) F = 0-279 points (55.9% or below) I do not “give” grades. Grades are earned  based on individual performance over the semester. Any one graded assignment does not determine your final grade. Consistent work over the entire semester is totaled to determine a final letter grade based on points earned.  Work/Life Intersections and Communication  –   COMM 820 5 Course Schedule (this schedule is tentative and subject to adjustment as needed) * Readings marked with an asterisk are “optional” and can be selected as articles for the Mini-Article Synopsis Topic/Reading Assignments DUE Week 1  –   September 5 th    –   Overview of Work/Life Communication Research Kirby, E. L. (2017). Work-life balance. In C. R. Scott & L. K. Lewis (Eds.),  International encyclopedia of organizational communication . Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. doi:   10.1002/9781118955567.wbieoc068 Week 2  –   September 12 th    –   Conceptualizing Work  Definition Short Paper Due   Muirhead, R. (2007).  Just work. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. (Chapters 2 & 3) Galinsky, E., Bond, J. T., Kim, S. S., Backon, L., Brownfield, E., & Sakai, K. (2005). Overwork in America. Retrieved from the Families and Work Institute website:  (Only read the executive summary pages 1-12) Read EITHER Ehrenreich OR Venkatesh below: Ehrenreich, B. (2001).  Nickel and dimed: On (not) getting by in America . New York, NY: Henry Holt. (Chapter 2) Venkatesh, S. A. (2008). Off the books: The underground economy of the urban poor  .   Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. (Chapter 2) Week 3  –   September 19 th    –   Work/Worker Identity     Topic Proposal Due Drago, R.W. (2007). Striking a balance: Work, family and life . Boston, MA: Dollars & Sense. (Chapters 1 & 2) Wieland, S. M. B. (2011). Struggling to manage work as a part of everyday life: Complicating resistance and contextualizing work/life studies. Communication Monographs ,  78  , 162-184. doi:10.1080/03637751.2011.564642 Kelly, E. L., Ammons, S. K., Chermack, K., & Moen, P. (2010). Gendered challenge, gendered response: Confronting the ideal worker norm in a white-collar organization. Gender & Society , 24 , 281-303. doi:10.1177/0891243210372073 *Hoffman, M. F., & Cowan, R. L. (2008). The meaning of work/life: A corporate ideology of work/life balance. Communication Quarterly ,  56  , 227-246. doi:10.1080/01463370802251053 *Lucas, K., Liu, M., & Buzzanell, P.M. (2006). No limits careers: A critical examination of career discourse in the U.S. and China.  International & Intercultural Communication  Annual ,  28  , 217-242. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. *McAllum, K., & Elvira, M. M. (2015). Zeroes, service providers, or heroes? Dignity and the communicative politics of care work.  Electronic Journal of Communication , 25.
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