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English 556 Syllabus

English 556 Syllabus

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English 556, Authorship and Intellectual Property in Rhetoric and Writing:Exploring Notions of Copyright, Plagiarism, and Creative AppropriationDr. Clancy Ratliff 
337-482-5501 (office) clancy@louisiana.edu (best way to reach me)Office hours: TBA
Course Description
The field of rhetoric and composition studies has produced a considerable body of work about notions of authorship: the study of the rhetoric surrounding debates about copyright and file sharing/piracy; theintellectual history of authorship as a concept; and pedagogical theory about student authorship,collaborative writing, and plagiarism. This seminar will engage these scholarly works as well as current practices in popular culture such as remix, mashups, and machinima.For those interested in literature and creative writing, we will spend some time discussingauthorship of creative work, including found poetry, allusion, using copyrighted material in videocompositions and performances, and other practices of creative appropriation of others’ work. Thoseinterested in writing pedagogy – or who may be interested in a survey-type course in composition theory – will have the opportunity to form that foundation of knowledge through reading pedagogical theoryabout collaboration, authorship in the classroom context, plagiarism, and more. For students interested inrhetoric and technology, we will be examining cultural shifts in ideas about copyright and intellectual property as propelled by advances in technology, as well as alternative models of copyright, like copyleftand Creative Commons licenses.
Required Texts
The Making and Unmaking of Intellectual PropertyComposition and Copyright
500-word weekly reading responses, 20-25 page seminar paper, presentation
Grade Distribution
Class Participation 30%Moodle Posts 30%Seminar Paper 40%
English department policy allows students to miss up to 10% of the total number of classmeetings. In a two-day-per-week class, you may miss three class meetings without any gradeconsequence, but I will expect you to write a post for the Moodle site to fulfill the classparticipation requirement. Speak to me early if you foresee a compelling reason to miss morethan three class meetings.
Academic Integrity
In this course, we'll be talking a LOT about plagiarism. As Rebecca Moore Howard haswritten, flagrant plagiarism, on the order of turning in whole papers written by someoneother than you, should be treated as fraud, like falsifying a transcript. And it will, in this class.I don't expect to see that or smaller-scale plagiarism, and I certainly won't be having you runyour papers through Turnitin (unless you want to, as an experimental or performativeexercise). If I question your claim to authorship in some way, I'll talk to you about it.
Services for Students with Disabilities
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the University of Louisiana atLafayette makes accommodations for students with disabilities. If you have a documenteddisability, please contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) office at 337-482-5252 orods@louisiana.edu during the first week of classes. ODS will assist you with anaccommodation plan. The university also has a Supported Education Program (SEP,http://disability.louisiana.edu/SEP.html), which provides free confidential help on campusfor students with psychological disabilities (Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, etc.).Please contact Kim A. Warren, MSW, PhD, LCSW, Supported Education Advisor, at 482-5252or at kimawarren@louisiana.edu. She is located in the Conference Center, Room 126.
Writing Center
The Writing Center is a free service located on the first floor of Griffin Hall, in room 107. TheWriting Center consultants are experienced writers and students who pride themselves oncreating a comfortable environment for every phase of your writing project. From thesisstatements, to research planning, document design, to just getting started, the Writing Centerstaff works to help you become more focused, organized, and confident with your work. Inaddition to providing the latest style manuals and handbooks, the Writing Center alsooperates a computer lab, located next door in Griffin Hall, room 108. Both of these services arefree, student-operated, and devoted to helping you be a more successful and productivestudent. Walk-ins are accepted, but scheduling an appointment in advance (482-5224) isrecommended. Appointments that are more than ten minutes late will have to berescheduled.
Safety Information
University Police are the first responders for all emergencies on campus. Dial 911 or 482-6447 to report any emergency.The Emergency Information Floor Plan is posted in the hallways for every building. Thisdocument includes evacuation routes and other important information. Please
familiarize yourself with this document.In the event that the building fire alarm is sounded, please exit the building immediatelyand notify University Police. Do not use the building elevator - look for the illuminatedExit Signs to direct you to safety.During times of emergency, information may be available on the University's EmergencyHotline - 482-2222. This number is printed on the back of your ID card.The University utilizes a text message service to notify its students and employees of campus wide emergencies. To subscribe to this service, log on towww.ul.mobilecampus.com.If you have a special medical condition that might render you incapacitated during class,please make this known to your instructor as soon as possible, including anyemergency contact information for your next of kin or similar.
Daily Schedule (Subject to Change):Week 1: Overview
August 21: Introduction to Course.August 23: Lunsford and West, "Intellectual Property and Composition Studies";Woodmansee, "The Genius and the Copyright"
Week 2: Overview, continued.
August 28: Logie, "The (Re)Birth of the Composer,"
; Introduction to
August 30: DeVoss, "English Studies and Intellectual Property: Copyright, Creativity, and theCommons"; Dush,
; preface of 
; introduction to
Free Culture
Week 3: Theories of Authorship
September 4: Foucault, "What Is an Author"; Barthes, "The Death of the Author"

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