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EN 256 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:                 Lawall, Sarah, et al., Eds. The Norton Anthology of   World Masterpieces. (Package 2- Volumes D, E, and F). New York:  W.W. Norton, 2002

I.     Course Description:

This course is a survey of world literature masterpieces in English translation from the Enlightenment through the twentieth century.  Among the major writers studied are Swift, Pope, Voltaire, Rousseau, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Kafka, Ibsen, Camus, Garcia Marquez, Achebe, Mishima, and Mann.

Prerequisites:  EN101 and EN102

II.   Student Learning Outcomes:

        At the completion of EN256:  World Literature 2, the student will:

l.   Utilize reading comprehension skills and critical thinking skills to analyze a variety of literary works in world literature from the Enlightenment through the twentieth century.
2.  Demonstrate an awareness of the variety of genre and critical perspectives in world literature.

3.  Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of a literary work in the areas of theme, use of language, form, innovation, and relation to culture, etc.


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(Student Learning Outcomes continued)

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

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

6.  Complete a documented research paper that demonstrates analytical thinking skills and utilizes research documentation.

III.  Features of the Course:

l.  Reading will function as a stimulus for discussion and writing.

2. Emphasis will be on discussion and small-group work.

3. Emphasis will be on the student and teacher functioning as a discourse community, a community of learners or inquirers, sharing and responding to one another's ideas and writings.

4.  The instructor will serve as a facilitator who guides the learning process and acts as a resource when necessary.  All students will meet with the instructor individually or in small groups to review their progress on research and other writing assignments.

5.  Short formal writing assignments will result from the readings, discussions, and informal journal writing.

6.  Although content is important, emphasis will also be placed on the development of intellectual skills.




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IV.     Course Administration:

l.  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.  EN 256 is a reading/discussion/lecture class.  In courses of this nature students benefit most be working collaboratively.  Hence your regular presence and participation in the class is necessary and required.  All students are expected to attend all class meetings.  In the event of illness or emergency, you are responsible for explaining absences and finding out the assigned work.

3.  You will be permitted one weeks of excused 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 Grade

                 One week or less                                     A
  Two weeks                                              B
                 Three weeks                                           C
                 Four weeks                                   F

4.  Grading:

Research Paper         35%
Essays                   30%
Class presentation    15%
             Midterm Exam          20%



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5.    Evaluation Criteria:

        a. Essays:

        Periodically, formal reactions to the readings will be written.  To receive credit, they must be submitted on time, must address the assigned readings thoughtfully, and must be 600-800 words long.  Although the journals you keep may be more extensive, the papers you hand in should be a result of the journal writing and should not exceed this limit.  These papers will be graded S-, S, S , or U.  A semester of satisfactory papers (S-) or (S) will result in a C or B for this part of the course grade.  A semester of (S ) papers results in an A for this part of the course grade. 
A semester of (U) papers or missing papers results in a grade of F for this part of the course grade.

b.  Research Paper:

The research paper is a single, formal study of some aspect of the course.  The paper should include formal academic research, with documentation conforming to the MLA style.  While the research paper constitutes 35% of the final grade, its satisfactory completion is required for completion of the course.  Failure to complete the research paper satisfactorily (i.e., a "C" grade or better) will result in an automatic failing grade for the entire course.  Expected length:  7-10 standard pages. 

c.  Class Presentation:

         You will make a presentation on any topic pertaining to the course.  Further details will be provided in class.

        d.  Midterm Exam:

Details will be provided in class.

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 not giving full credit for the borrowed information.  Make sure you identify and acknowledge the source when borrowing information. 


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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 guidelines:
All essays to be on standard 8-1/2 x 11 paper.
All essays to be word-processed and printed.  Please do not email your essays.
Multiple sheets to be stapled or secured with a paper clip.
Essays submitted for grades must include 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.  I would appreciate hearing from anyone in the class who has any type of disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) that 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.
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VI.  Weekly Syllabus:

        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.

   Week     Assignment

Week 1    Introduction to the Course
     Swift, A Modest Proposal

Week 2    Pope, An Essay on Man

Week 3    Voltaire, Candide
Week 4    Essay 1 due
     Rousseau, From Confessions
Week 5    Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground
     Discuss Research Paper Assignment

Week 6    Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich
Week 7    Essay 2 due
     Ibsen, Hedda Gabler

Week 8-9            Midterm Exam
     Kafka, Metamorphosis
     Camus, The Guest
     Essay 3 due
Weeks 10-12                       Literature of the East:
          Selection of stories by Indian, Chinese, and 
                 Japanese writers.
             Gabriel Marquez, Death Beyond Constant Love

Weeks 13-15                       Achebe, Things Fall Apart