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Humour Matters – Plagiarism: How about a Canada Research Chair in Surveillance?

By now, students probably think all my courses are about plagiarism. I seem to talk about it constantly: reviewing its definition, enumerating its many versions, and warning of the pernicious consequences of doing “It”. Legalistic warnings take up almost as much space on my syllabi as the list of lecture topics or tutorial readings. Every time I open my email, someone is reminding me to be vigilant, to design plagiarism-proof assignments, and to report all transgressors to the appropriate authorities.