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EN 102 Syllabus


Spring Semester 2011

Instructor:   Prof. S. P. Tandon
     Payne Hall 311
     Telephone:  792-5543
    E-mail:  standon@mvcc.edu

Office Hours:   MWF 12:00-12:55; 2:00-2:30
               Other hours by appointment

Text: Kennedy, X.J., & Dana Gioia.  An Introduction to     Fiction.  11th edition.  New York:  Harper Collins   College Publishers, 2010.

Thoreau, Henry David. Walden and Other Writings. A Norton Critical Edition. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. 2008.

I.   Course Description

This course seeks to deepen the students' understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in both imaginative literature and a full-length book of non-fiction.  Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills.  A Library-oriented research project is required.

Prerequisites:  EN101:  Composition, or English Composition for Speakers of Other Languages, or permission of Humanities Department Head.



English 2:  Ideas and Values in Literature
Prof. Tandon, p.2

II.  Student Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of English 102: Ideas and Values in Literature, students will: 

1.  Utilize critical thinking skills in analysis of college-level literary texts.

2.  Create a documented research project which will demonstrate analytical thinking skills and utilize primary and secondary research sources.

3.  Demonstrate an awareness and comprehension of how social, cultural, aesthetic, and intellectual issues raised in the class are relevant to their own lives.

4.  Comprehend the nature of the Humanities and its relation to other Disciplines

5.  Demonstrate how common or culturally specific heritages, perspectives, histories, and/or common belief systems influence the creators of literary works and their products.

6.  Develop the skills to reasonably interpret a literary text and support that interpretation with evidence.

III.  Course Process and Rationale: 

As a Tier-One Humanities course fulfilling MVCC's General Education requirements, Ideas and Values in Literature is designed to provide students with a general understanding of the Humanities--it object, scope, logic or methodology, and its relation to other disciplines.  Literature is a reflection of the world around us; it encompasses ideas and concepts from various disciplines and subjects.  Thus the study of literature will enable students to better understand and appreciate their world.  Within this context, the course addresses broad questions of the Humanities and the relationship of the Humanities to other disciplines.  EN102 also provides an historical overview of the Humanities, with an introduction to humanistic studies from the Greeks to the present.


English 2:  Ideas and Values in Literature
Prof. Tandon, p.3

Ideas and Values in Literature is also designed to develop the intellectual skills of thinking and language.  A major segment of the course will cover readings of imaginative literature and non-fiction.  Class discussions will focus on interpretation and analysis of the assigned readings to promote intellectual independence in students by developing their abilities to use language for the purpose of learning, thinking, and communication.  A library-oriented research project and expository papers are required.    In addition, a variety of informal and other formal writing experiences are recommended.  These may include writing designed to develop a variety of reflective and imaginative thinking skills.

As a Tier-One General Education course, Ideas and Values in Literature may also incorporate other elements of general education, such as questions about the cultural effects of the Humanities, questions about our environment, and questions of philosophy dealing with ethics, values, and aesthetics.  Through discussing, analyzing, interpreting, and writing about literature, students will be brought to an awareness of the universality as well as the diversity of human experience.  The focus is on encouraging students to broaden their perceptions, to see themselves as individuals in an ever-widening circle of relationships which begins with self and includes relationships to others, to the community, and to the larger world.

IV   Course Administration:

1.  State University of New York regulations require evidence of pursuit of prescribed course work.  Students who fail to satisfy those regulations may be deleted from the class on the official census date (Student handbook).  Therefore, attendance will be recorded at each class meeting.

2.  EN102 is a writing/reading/discussion class.  In courses of this nature students benefit most by working collaboratively with others.  Hence your regular presence and participation in the class is necessary and required.  Attendance will be recorded at the beginning of each class meeting.  If you come in after I have taken the attendance, it is your responsibility to notify me at the end of class.  In cases of excessive lateness, your attendance will be affected.  If you have to leave class early, please let me know ahead of time.

English 2:  Ideas and Values in Literature
Prof. Tandon, p.4

3.  You will be permitted one week of absences.  For each absence in excess, points will be deducted from the final grade.

Please note that your final grade will be adversely affected by poor attendance as explained below:

Number of Absences   Highest Possible Final Grade

One week       A
One to two weeks     B
Two to three weeks     C
Three to four weeks     D
More than four weeks     F

4.  You will be required to complete the following assignments:

The research project
Several short writing assignments/Academic journal
Unit Exams

5.  Grading:  Your final grade will be based on the following:

Class assignments     30%

Research Project      30%

Unit Exams       30%

Class participation/journals    10%

6.  Plagiarism:  Cheating on any assignment will result in a failing grade for that assignment.  It will also jeopardize your chances of passing the course.  Plagiarism is defined as using ideas and information created by others without identifying the source and giving full credit for the borrowed information.  Make sure you identify and acknowledge the source when borrowing information.


English 2:  Ideas and Values in Literature
Prof. Tandon, p.5

V   Miscellaneous Information:

   1.  All assignments are due as scheduled.  Late assignments are marked down ten percent (one full grade) for each class day.  This grade reduction is automatic and is waived only through the approval of formal written application required by the instructor.  Assignments submitted for grades must conform to the following information: assignment title, student's name, class, instructor's name, and date of submission.

2. Policy pertaining to the use of Cell Phones and other such Electronic Devices in the Classroom:
The student use of technologies not relevant to classroom is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to:  electronic communicating devices, MP3 players, and video/photo capture devices.

3.  Students with Special Needs: 
I would appreciate hearing from anyone in the class who has any type of disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) which may require some special accommodation.  Please see me during my office hours so that we can discuss your needs.  Before services can begin, you must also contact Lynn Igoe, Coordinator of Disability Services, 792-5413, or Tamara Mariotti, the Learning Disabilities and Assistive Technology Specialist, 731-5702; both are located in Room 153 of the Academic Building on the Utica Campus.

4. Sustainability Statement:
Mohawk Valley Community College is committed to development and implementation of a comprehensive sustainability plan. To that end, we are beginning by asking students, faculty, and staff to actively participate in energy conservation measures and proper recycling on campus. The blue bins located in classrooms, and offices are for paper and paper products only. All plastic, metal and glass containers should be placed in the proper recycling bins located in the hallways. Please remember to empty them before depositing them. Any materials that cannot be recycled should be place in garbage cans. It is also important to turn off lights and computers when leaving a room. Together we can make an impact on conserving our resources. Remember to reduce, reuse and recycle!

5. Academic Affairs DGV Statement:
Two years ago, MVCC initiated a program titled “Diversity-Global View” (DGV), which gave each of our graduates a chance to participate in educational experiences designed to increase awareness of intercultural perspectives.  Our goal in doing so was to enhance our students’ understanding of the realities faced by individuals as a result of their race, ethnicity, cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, academic abilities and interests, age, religious beliefs, and physical ability. To that end, all graduates who matriculated into programs in the fall 2008 or more recently, or who have changed their major since 2008, are now required to complete the DGV components associated with the degree or certificate program in which they are enrolled. For more information please visit http://www.mvcc.edu/students/registration/dvgrequirement.cfm.

English 2:  Ideas and Values in Literature
Prof. Tandon, p.6

VI Weekly Schedule:

Following is a tentative weekly schedule; it will be updated as necessary.  It is each student's responsibility to attend classes and stay current with the changes.  Please not that all reading assignments must be completed before every class meeting.  There will be quizzes and short writing tasks on the assigned readings.

Week   Assignment

    1   Introduction to the course;
   Introduction to the study of Literature

   2-3   Readings from An Introduction to Fiction:
   Chapter 1.  Reading a Story
   Chapter 2.  Point of View
   Chapter 3.  Character

   4-7                  Chapter 4.  Setting.

   Literature Essay due.

   Chapter 5.  Tone and Style.
Chapter 6.  Theme
Chapter 7.  Symbol
Unit Exam I
   8-11  Introduction to the study of Non-fiction:
   Thoreau. Walden.
   Non-fiction Essay due.

  12-15  Readings from An Introduction to Fiction:
   Chapter15.  Critical Approaches to Literature.

   Chapter 8.  Reading Long Stories and Novels.
   Research paper due
   Unit Exam II