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English 350: The Renaissance
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MWF: 1:00 - 1:50 PM
|Professor: Mary AdamsOffice: Coulter 409
Office Hours: MWF 11-12 and 2-2:30 PM or by appointment
|Course Description and Goals: This course examines various
aspects of what we call the Renaissance, both in Europe and America, with
particular emphasis on British literature. You will be expected to supplement
your reading in the textbooks with possible reserve reading (available at
Hunter Library) and texts on the Internet. Your writing and participation
will be assessed two ways:
At the end of this course you should not only have a fuller understanding
of the Renaissance period and its connection to our time, but you should
also have written solid, mechanically clean papers and presentations in
which you demonstrate your ability to do good research and to analyze literary
texts in terms of their historical or cultural background. The final exam
will test your knowledge of content and your understanding of overriding
themes we have discussed in class.
- Informal assignments: I grade daily (journal) writings and class
participation based on how much work you do and how well you show that
you've read the material, but I don't grade your grammar or mechanics.
Formal Assignments: I grade your papers, exams, and oral presentations
based not only on detail and effort, but on mechanics and grammar.
Attendance: After seven absences,
you will have missed the equivalent of two full weeks of a regular semester,
so your final grade will be dropped one letter for each additional absence.
It doesn't matter if your absences are excused or not, so please
budget carefully and don't ask me to excuse you for family emergencies,
court appearances, car accidents, illnesses, or anything else. Extreme
or extensive tardiness could count as an absence. If you are absent on
the day you are assigned minutes or are making a presentation, you should
arrange for a substitute to avoid losing credit for that assignment.
When will I mark you absent?
When you aren't here, no matter what your excuse is
When you are significantly tardy at least twice
When you leave before class is over
When you don't have the book(s)
Missed assignments. I hold you responsible for assignments made
in class whether you are here or not. Ask classmates for the assignments.
I will never consider "I didn't know" a valid excuse.
Journals: 30% of your grade is comprised of journals, which are
due every day we have class, unless I say otherwise. Journals for an assigned
reading can only be handed in on the day we discuss it, not afterwards.
If you have more than one assignment on a class day, you can choose which
one to write the journal about unless I specify. I grade each journal based
on detail and on evidence that you did the reading, but I do not record
the grade until you hand in all the journals in a folder at the end of
the semester. The moral: do journals regularly, and never throw them
Academic Dishonesty is defined as: An intentional
act of deception in which a student seeks to claim credit for the work
or effort of another person or uses unauthorized materials or fabricated
information in any academic work. Students are expected to be honest and
ethical in their academic work. Academic dishonesty includes:
CHEATING- use or attempted use of unauthorized materials, information or
study aids OR an act of deceit by which a student attempts to misrepresent
mastery of academic effort or information. This includes unauthorized copying
or collaboration on a test or assignment or using prohibited materials
FABRICATION- falsification or invention of any information (including falsifying
research, inventing or exaggerating data and listing incorrect or fictitious
ASSISTING- helping another commit an act of academic dishonesty. This includes
paying or bribing someone to acquire a test or assignment, changing someone's
grades or academic records, or taking a test/doing an assignment for someone
else (or allowing someone to do these things for you).
TAMPERING- altering or interfering with evaluation instruments and documents.
PLAGIARISM- representing the words or ideas of another person as one's
own OR presenting someone else's words, ideas, artistry or data as one's
own. This includes copying another person's work (including unpublished
material) without appropriate referencing, presenting someone else's opinions
and theories as one's own, or working jointly on a project, then submitting
it as one's own.
Penalties for Academic dishonesty: Automatic failure on the assignment
and possible failure for the course.
Access our class page from my teaching page. Use this web page to check
assignments, download journal forms, follow links, and find academic resources.
Since it is updated regularly, always hit "reload" after you access the
Other required reading will be available online, on reserve, or in handout
Required: (Rental) Damrosch, David, Constance Jordan, and Clare Carroll,
eds. The Longman Anthology of British Literature. 2nd Edition.
Vol. 1B. New York: Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers, 2003.
Required: (Purchase) Thompson, Stephen P., ed. The Renaissance.
San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2000.
|Class Resources, Writing Guides, and other
Paper grades: papers are graded in stages (thesis sentence, thesis
+ topic sentence/ body paragraph, final draft, revised draft). I cannot
accept your paper unless you attach all preliminary work with grade.
Paper 1 (in stages) 10%
Paper 2 (in stages) 20%
Exams: The final exam is divided into an essay portion (50%)
and a short answer portion (50%). I will give a study guide before the
Final examinations during class, on the last day (July 3)
Does Participation Count? Participation counts for 5% of your
grade. In addition, those who consistently prepare for class and participate
in discussion will get credit if they are on the border between two grades.
Those who aren't prepared when I call on them or haven't done the reading
will receive 1/2 absence. Those who don't have the book in class will be
asked to leave and marked absent.
Because I will use your WCU email address to contact you, make sure it
is active. If you use another account, forward your WCU email to that account
(use this link to forward:
consult the computer center in basement of Forsythe with questions). I
will hold you responsible for information contained in my emails.
We will use the online syllabus. Check it frequentlly for changes. Remember
to always hit reload. You must have access to the online syllabus to do
your journal entries.