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Introduction to Modern Western Literature

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Course Description
    Instructor: Dr. Dana Badger Simpson / Email: kalimotxoak@hotmail.com
    Time: 5 weeks, Sunday through Saturday
    Total study hours: 50 hours
    Credits: 4
    This survey course will involve reading selected samples of literature of the Western World (not just from the United States and England) and discussing their historical and literary contexts. Readings from the Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism and Modernism will be considered. The characteristics of different genres will be explored through lectures, class discussions, and oral and written assignments.
Required Text
  • The Norton Anthology of Western Literature (Vol. 2, 8thed), Sarah Lawall.
  • Course Objectives
    • Explain the active and reactive processes of Western literary developments.
    • Explain the subjective and objective characteristics of different literary periods.
    • Identify and describe a number of different writers and styles from each period.
    • Give a general overview of the historical context of certain literary movements.
    Grading Policy
      This course is worth 100 points and the passing score is 60%.
    Evaluation.
    • Unit Assignments (including Unit Quizzes and Homework Assignments) --> 50%
    • Final Exams --> 30%
    • Oral Presentation --> 20%
    • Total = 100%
    Teaching Remark/ Class Management Rules.
    • 1. Online tests must be completed within a limited time. Students are required to adjust their learning progress by completing the unit and all course contents and online quizzes before the end of the course, including interim and final examinations.
    • 2. Attendance and participation are expected. Students with disabilities and special needs should consult with the professor early in the semester.
    • 3. Academic Honesty
    • Defining academic misconduct as any act by a student that misrepresents the students’ own academic work or that compromises the academic work of another scholastic misconduct includes (but is not limited to) cheating on assignments or examinations; plagiarizing, i.e. misrepresenting as one’s own work any work done by another; submitting the same paper, or substantially similar papers, to meet the requirements of more than one course without the approval and consent of the instructors concerned; sabotaging another’s work within these general definitions, however, Instructors determine what constitutes academic misconduct in the courses they teach. Students found guilty of academic misconduct in any portion of the academic work face penalties ranging from lowering of their course grade to awarding a grade of F for the entire course.