American Lit 2130 with AW Smith, Monday nights at 6pm, for Spring 2014!
Complete Policy Statement & Supplement to the
Brief Syllabus Distributed in Class
Goals for English 2130:
1. To encourage a better
understanding of and appreciation for literature in general.
English 2130 addresses the General Education Requirements for the Humanities category:
1. Analyze significant primary texts and works of art, ancient, pre-modern, and modern, as forms of cultural and creative expression.
2. Explain the ways in which humanistic and/or artistic expression throughout the ages expresses the culture and values of its time and place.
3. Explore global/cultural diversity.
4. Frame a comparative context through which they can critically assess the ideas, forces, and values that have created the modern world.
5. Recognize the ways in which both change and continuity have affected human history.
6. Practice the critical and analytical methodologies of the Humanities and/or Fine Arts.
Course Goals are regularly assessed and achieved through the following . . .
All our assignments will encourage students to: engage thoughtfully with all forms of cultural, thematic, and stylistic diversity in works of American literature; think critically about the themes related to “a uniquely American literary heritage” and “a knowledge of American culture as it is revealed in American literature”; and demonstrate what they’ve learned from the readings.
Student/teacher meetings: Voluntary meetings with your instructor during his regular office hours are very likely to improve your chances of earning an A or B in the course.
Collaborative Learning: In this class, sharing is encouraged and required. Reading groups, study groups, Ning groups, Facebook groups, and any and all forms of collaboration shy of cheating will help you do well in the course.
Class Participation: I expect all students to come to class fully prepared to discuss the daily readings and frequent writing assignments that form the bulk of this course. Excellent comments—most any remark that is intellectually engaging, substantive, critical, thoughtful, provocative, and textually-supported—will be rewarded generously with participation/extra credit points. Since this class will also involve lecture, supplementary discussion forums will be used on Ning. Participation in the Ning class discussions forums is required.
Extra Credit: Students are encouraged to attend on-campus, extracurricular, and educational events, evaluate those events, and discuss their judgments of those events by writing about them on the Ning. Extra credit serves three functions: (1) It helps students become active members of the larger Tech community; (2) It offers extra points to students who are not satisfied with their scores on required assignments; and finally, (3) It provides a “safety net” for students who violate class policy by skipping too many classes or failing to submit work on time by allowing students to make up missed points and classes. Students can also blog for extra credit on any meaningful off-topic subject that they feel might be relevant or entertaining to their classmates or professor. Unless otherwise noted, most extra credit opportunities must include a blog and will earn between 1-2 points.
Attendance: For this class to function best, we need to be present and participate. Therefore, I expect you to attend all classes. With the exception of required, university-sponsored events, I make no distinction between “excused” and “unexcused” absences. Within the allowed absence, all reasons for missing class are equally valid.
This is a Weekly Class, so Attendance Is Mandatory, yet we realize that life happens; only one absence is allowed free of charge; second & subsequent absences will result in the deduction of points from the final grade; the second or third absence would be worth 5 points deduction each; third or fourth absences would be worth 10 points deduction; the fifth absence would be grounds for failure in the course—waivers & compromises of this at the instructor’s discretion
If you need to miss class for any reason, I expect you to contact me by e-mail, phone, or text message. Failure to do so can result in point deduction from the final grade at the instructor’s discretion. If you are planning an absence in advance for personal reasons, please make prior arrangements.
Late or Missed Work: To succeed, submit all your work on time. Submitting late work will force students to do Extra Credit in order to remain eligible to earn the grades they desire. Late work will always result in automatic point deductions; the exact number of points is at the discretion of the instructor. Chronic late work and/or the failure to attempt all work comprise automatic grounds for course failure.
Warning and Disclaimer: Please understand that our required readings, class discussions, and required films and readings will include mature subject matter, controversial topics, and diverse and occasionally unpopular views. This frankness of subject matter is integral to critical thinking and the educational process.
Class Conduct: In our classroom, I hope to foster a meaningful and mature climate of mutual respect where we learn and communicate together as a community. I intend to treat my students as adults in a professional, pleasant environment, and I expect nothing less in return. While we encourage lively discussion, I will not tolerate aggressive or disrespectful remarks in the classroom.
Plagiarism: When you summarize, paraphrase, or quote someone else’s media, words, or ideas, you must cite your source. You should be especially careful to avoid plagiarizing Internet sources (for example, email, chat rooms, Web sites, or discussion groups). It does not matter whether you borrow material from print sources, from the Internet, from on-line databases, or from interviews. Failure to cite your source is plagiarism. Students who plagiarize may receive an “F” or a “0” for the assignment or an “F” for the course.
Exceptions: Most college students lead very busy lives that include other courses, extracurricular activities, jobs, and various personal obligations. When a student deserves “a break,” I will try to act as fairly and flexibly as possible. However, ALL EXCEPTIONS TO THE GUIDELINES DEFINED IN THIS STATEMENT MUST BE CLEARLY NEGOTIATED. If a student fails to meet a requirement of this course and wishes to remain a member of our learning community, s/he must propose a solution to resolve the problem. I reserve the right to adhere strictly to this syllabus. Failure to comply with the course requirements equals failure in the course.
Important note for students with special needs: Please inform me of any special needs or circumstances I need to know about to better assist you with course requirements. Students with a disability requiring special accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODR). An Accommodation Request (AR) should be completed immediately. The ODR is located in the Roaden University Center, room 112 (phone # 372-6119).