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494 [CAPS] [M] Advanced Topics in Literature 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Course Prerequisite: Certified major in English; junior standing. Seminar with term paper project; focused studies in American, British, or global literatures.
In this course, we will examine architecture and design in Victorian literature, observing the critical role that domestic architecture and urban settings play in the construction of character, identity, and social interaction. By the end of the semester, students will be able to articulate major domestic and urban design issues of the nineteenth century, interpret the critical functions of domestic and urban settings in Victorian literature, and produce multimodal projects on the relationships between architectural design and human identity.
Objectives and Outcomes
This course meets all four of the Department of English’s student learning outcomes for English majors:
- SLO 1: Reading literary and cultural texts carefully and critically.
- SLO 2: Producing a variety of creative and critical texts using appropriate technologies that contribute to literary and cultural discourses.
- SLO 3: Developing abilities in critical reading, writing, and thinking necessary for them to communicate successfully with other audiences both within and outside the University.
- SLO 4: Exploring the record of the human experience in language.
Here are the specific learning outcomes for this course:
The texts will revolve primarily around issues pertaining to architecture and design, moving from tangible settings of urban centers, homes, and alcoves, to the figurative and organizational concepts of institutions, social relationships, and secrets.
In alignment with our programmatic student learning outcomes, I hope that my students will become adept readers of a variety of texts, starting with the settings in Victorian literature, moving outward to our most immediate built environments, and ending with the larger organizational structures of our cities and institutions.
Such careful reading, for us, consists of discerning multiple levels and shades of meaning, while also curating a meaningful pattern that we detect across multiple “texts,” with the explicit purpose of making a statement about the “record of human experience in language.”
- Printed textbooks available at the Bookie.
- Charles Dickens, Hard Times. Broadview Edition.
- Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley’s Secret. Broadview Edition.
- Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space.
- PDFs of texts in each module will be available on Blackboard.
- Internet-ready mobile device with photo capturing capabilities
- Spiral-bound notebook or sketchbook
The number one way to succeed in this course is to attend class regularly. This course is designed to be delivered face-to-face, and while many of the instructional materials are available online and in print, the key learning methods and objectives are practiced through interactive lesson plans. Regular attendance is crucial for student success, roll will be taken daily, and on-time arrival is expected.
Surprises sometimes get in the way of regular attendance, but don’t let them destroy your chances of success in this course. Contact me if you run into any obstacles this semester. You may receive two (2) excused absences during the semester, no questions asked.
Your attendance grade will be determined by the number of unexcused absences you have accrued (grading scale: 0=100, 1=95, 2=85, 3=75, 4=65, 5=55, 6+=0). Three (3) unexcused tardies are equivalent to one (1) unexcused absence. Note that after six (6) unexcused absences, your chances for success in this course decline considerably. It is your responsibility to make sure your attendance is recorded if you arrive after roll has been taken.
Work may be made up for approved absences on a case-by-case basis. Please make an appointment with me for consultation.
Project Submission Guidelines
Learning to stick to a deadline, however arbitrary, is good practice that will lead to long-term healthy work habits. To help you develop these habits, any work submitted after the deadline will receive a grade penalty of one-half letter grade. After 12 hours, the penalty will be one full letter grade. After 24 hours, the penalty will be two full letter grades. After 48 hours, the work will no longer be accepted, and you will receive a zero for the assignment.
You will submit most of your materials to Blackboard Learn. You are responsible for keeping additional backups of all the work you submit for assessment. Specific submission instructions may vary; always consult the course schedule for details.
Important announcements, course information, and project directions will be delivered via the course website or by e-mail. Please check your university email at least twice-daily so that you stay up-to-date on all information relevant to this course. Follow up any important oral communication with your instructors by e-mail. All e-mail correspondence between instructor and student must be conducted in a professional manner.
Mobile Devices and Laptops
To create an inclusive and interactive learning environment, use of mobile devices and laptops is not permitted during class time, unless otherwise announced. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis. When use of mobile devices and laptops is permitted, all content displayed on the screens must be appropriate for the academic setting.
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