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Tunxis Community College
Course Syllabus

British Literature I ENG*231 No. 3318

Semester: Fall 2017 S/C Hours: 3/3

Instructor: Steve Ersinghaus

Time: MW 1:15PM – 2:35PM

Email: See Contact Section

The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol A, B, and C.  The Latest edition will be in the book store.

Attendance and Class Participation
Attendance will be taken every day. As for class participation, there are some specific actions I want you to take in this regard. As a part of your reading and study, you should come to class with at least 2 or 3 questions that have to do with some aspect of the readings and that you would share with the class if asked. “I didn’t read”; “I couldn’t come up with anything”; “I don’t understand the reading”–these are examples of what not to do and what not to say, since I am assuming and expecting study. You will understand the reading just fine and in your own way. The questions themselves will serve to channel discussion away from me and onto you. I only lecture when I need to.

Make-Ups for Missed Time
In the event that you should miss one of our meetings for whatever reason, you will need to submit a written description/analysis of how you intend to cover missed material or what you did to catch back up with the material. This written essay will be evaluated for its detail, thoroughness, and independent analysis. It may be an exposition of at least two of the works we covered.

A Note on Classroom Decorum
This is a college course that depends upon adult understanding and adult conduct to be successful. Here are a few items that must be addressed that will keep the class running smoothly. I will tolerate no talking while I am talking; this includes whispering and the passing of notes or just general passing. Coming to class late is a disruption so that is something to avoid. Getting up and leaving while class is in session is prohibited, so use the restroom prior to attending, unless you’re sick, of course–or sickened. If talking persists, leaving persists, singing persists, then I will simply slip out the nearest exit and return at the next session on the assumption that material that should have been covered had been covered.

An exam will follow each major period of the literature we discuss, given the structure of the course. These exams will consist of short answer and essay questions. You will also be required to write smaller papers on a variety of topics as they come up. All work will be assessed against this course’s ability framework.

1. 2 out-of-class Exams.
2. Several short analyses

Grade Breakdown
A=95-100 C+=77-79 D-=60-63
A-=90-94 C=74-76
B+=87-89 C-=70-73
B = 84-86 D+=67-69
B- =80-83 D= 64-66

Ability-Based Equivalents and Their Values
1- Not Satisfactory 1-69
2- Satisfactory Achievement 70-89
3- Distinguished Achievement 90-100
Point values are based on the degree to which a student demonstrates achievement.

Ability-Based Learning
At Tunxis Community College students are assessed on the knowledge and skills they have learned.  The faculty identified the General Education Abilities critical to students’ success in their professional and personal lives.  In every class, students are assessed on course abilities, sometimes program abilities, and, in most classes, at least one General Education Ability.  Students will receive an evaluation of the degree to which they have demonstrated or not demonstrated that General Education Ability.

In British Literature I, you will be introduced and expected to practice discipline based and General Education abilities. What follows is a list of the specific expectations:

Course Abilities—Discipline-based
These abilities relate to Tunxis’ Literary Studies Area:
Literary Genre: the ability to identify, define, and describe the attributes and significance of the primary genres and their subgenres.

Level 1: Identifies and describes the characteristics of subject genre.

Literary History: the ability to identify and describe major periods and associated styles of literature

Level 1: Identifies periods of literary history and their associated traits.
Level 2 Correlates literary history with its social and cultural context.

Literary Aesthetics: the ability to identify traditional and developing aesthetic terminology and standards and apply them to critical readings of subject works.

Level 1: Identifies and defines aesthetic elements using terminology of the discipline.

Literary Analysis: the ability to construct a coherent reading of a work through a specific critical approach.

Level 1: Evaluates the significance of specific passages to the complete text using appropriate terminology.
Level 2: Produces and defends a coherent reading of the work with some support from additional sources.

General Education

Students will understand the diverse nature, meanings, and functions of creative endeavors through the study and practice of literature, music, the theatrical and visual arts, and related forms of expression.


Demonstrates:  Identifies and describes formal aspects, historical or cultural context, and aesthetic elements of the genre with clarity and appropriate vocabulary.

Does Not Demonstrate:  Unable to clearly identify and describe the formal aspects, historical context, and aesthetic elements of the genre.

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