CODE: ENGL 206 TITLE: Approaches to Literary Studies DIVISION




COURSE DESCRIPTION: APPROACHES TO LITERARY STUDIES is a foundational course that prepares the student in the English Option for transition to upper level study as an English Major. The course introduces the student to the principles of literary study and performance by engaging and considering the major debates and issues in the discipline; approaches to the elements and conventions of genre; and a survey of literary theoretical perspectives and their critical applications. Students will develop the skills and practice necessary to perform informed analyses in reading, research and writing expected of an undergraduate in the discipline of English. PREREQUISITES OR COREQUISITE: ENGL 122 CREDITS: LAB HOURS: 0 REQUIRED MATERIALS: Textbooks and supplies to be determined by the individual instructor. Suggested textbooks include: Abrams, M.H. A Glossary of Literary Terms. New York: Thomson-Wadsworth, 2005. Bressler, Charles E. Literary Criticism: An Introduction to Theory and Practice. New York: Prentice Hall, 2006. Kelemen, Erick. Textual Editing and Criticism: An Introduction. New York: Norton, 2008. Patke, Rajeev S. Postcolonial Poetry in English. Oxford Studies in Postcolonial Literatures In English. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2006. Shakespeare, William. The Tempest. Eds. Peter Hulme, and William H. Sherman. Norton Critical Edition. New York: Norton, 2003. Shange, Ntozake. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. New York: Scribner, 1997. Sterne, Laurence. Tristram Shandy. Ed. Howard Anderson. Norton Critical Edition. New York: Norton, 1979. Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelly. Frankenstein. Ed. Paul J. Hunter. Norton Critical Edition. New York: Norton, 1995.





COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES: • to become familiar with the essential conventions and elements of various literary genres and demonstrate the ability to discuss and analyze representative texts across genres and according to their particular conventions and expectations. (Core Competencies: Communication; Information Literacy; Critical Thinking) to develop, synthesize and employ the vocabulary and methodologies of the major critical approaches to literature, including but not limited to close reading and textual analysis, as well as representative critical methodologies such as New Historicism, Feminist, Cultural Materialism, Post Colonial, and other contemporary theoretical approaches within the current literary scholarship. (Core Competencies: Communication; Information Literacy; Critical Thinking; Historical/Societal Analysis) to develop and demonstrate required research methods and skills in English studies by working with various databases and library resources, accessing, assessing and synthesizing significant primary and secondary sources, and working with required bibliographic standards and guidelines in the Humanities, such as MLA. (Core Competencies: Information Literacy; Technological Literacy) to critically consider and assess the major issues, debates and trajectories of English as a discipline and practice. (Core Competencies: Communication; Critical Thinking; Information Literacy; Historical/Societal Analysis) to write successful research papers of varying lengths on genres, topics, and issues relevant to the scope of the course. (Core Competencies: Communication; Critical Thinking; Information Literacy; Historical/Societal Analysis)

GRADING STANDARD: To successfully complete the course, all students must meet the objectives of the intended learning outcomes stipulated above. Grading in the course is based on a cumulative point-based value scale determined by performance on assignments and course benchmarks. Grading procedures and standards are based on the stated outcomes of the course. Cumulative Grading Scale: A B+ B C+ C D F 360 - 400 345 - 359 320 - 344 305 - 319 280 - 304 240 - 279 0 - 239

Course Assignments and Points Value: Assessment in the course will be based on following standard course requirements and assignments. Journals, papers, projects, online discussions and essay exams will reflect the diversity of written performances expected in literary studies, from shorter informal pieces to longer, research based essays. Specific requirements, including page lengths, deadlines, and descriptions are to be provided in the individual instructor’s addendum and course schedule. Journal Responses: 100pts   Weekly Journal Responses: 75pts Mid & Final Journal Self-Assessments: 25pts

Research Papers & Projects: 150pts     Research Project & Paper One (Genre): Poetry and the O.E.D Online: 30pts Research Project & Paper Two (Genre): Prose and Primary Sources: 30pts Research Project & Paper Three (Theory): Major Texts and Contributions: 30pts Final Research Project & Paper (Praxis): Genre/Theory: 60pts

Participation: Individual, Group & Online Discussions: 50pts   In-class Individual and Group Discussions & Presentations: 25pts Online Individual & Team Discussions: 25pts

Mid-Term & Final Exam: 100pts   Take Home Mid-Term Essay Exam: 50pts In-Class Final Essay Exam: 50pts

DEPARTMENT POLICIES: Attendance & Participation: We believe that learning through writing best occurs when students complete assignments in sequence and submit them on time. We expect students to be present when a class is scheduled to begin, assignment in hand, ready to participate in the day's work. Students who have to miss a class because of an emergency must speak to their instructor in time to attend the following class fully prepared and up-to-date. Individual instructors have additional attendance requirements. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of these requirements.

Plagiarism: A student has an obligation to exhibit honesty and high ethical standards in carrying out academic assignments. Submitting the work of another person in a manner that represents the work as one's own constitutes plagiarism. NOTE: Refer to Answers Student Handbook for Brookdale's Academic Integrity Code, Student Conduct Code and Student Grade Appeal Process. Computers: Computers may be used to help facilitate the writing process, exams, or research required for the course. Intentional misuse or mistreatment is strictly forbidden. Please see your instructor for all technical assistance. COLLEGE POLICIES: For information regarding: o Brookdale’s Academic Integrity Code o Student Conduct Code o Student Grade Appeal Process Please refer to the STUDENT HANDBOOK AND BCC CATALOG. NOTIFICATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Brookdale Community College offers reasonable accommodations and/or services to persons with disabilities. Students with disabilities who wish to self-identify must contact the Disabilities Services Office at 732-224-2730 or 732-842-4211 (TTY), provide appropriate documentation of the disability, and request specific accommodations or services. If a student qualifies, reasonable accommodations and/or services, which are appropriate for the college level and are recommended in the documentation, can be approved. ADDITIONAL SUPPORT/LABS: Department Secretary - (732) 224-2513 Office location: East Wing of Larrison Hall - LAH 222. Hours: 8:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday. Bankier Library Students will find Bankier Library an essential and vital component to their experience in the course. For more information on hours of operation, please visit: or call: (732) 224-2706. The English Subject Specialist Librarian at Bankier Library is Professor Karen Topham: or (732) 224-2479

The Writing Center - The Writing Center offers additional assistance to improve your writing. A half-hour appointment in the Writing Center assures you of one-on-one time with a learning assistant. They can work with you at any stage of the writing process, whether you've just started a paper or when you've already finished a draft and are ready to revise. You will make an appointment in the Writing Center whenever your The Writing Center is located in Larrison Hall, Room 118. Phone: (732) 224-2941. Writing Center Hours - Monday – Thursday 9:00 - 8:00; Friday 9:00 - 5:00; Saturday 10:00 - 2:00 (No summer Saturday hours) Writing Center assistance is also available at the following extension sites – call for Center hours: Asbury Park (732) 774-3363 Bayshore (732) 224-2725 Long Branch (732) 224-2757 Western Monmouth (732) 224-2713 Writing Center Appointments Writing students must use TutorTrac to schedule and cancel Writing Center appointments. TutorTrac is the Web-based appointment scheduling, tracking, and reporting software used by the Brookdale Community College Writing Centers (Lincroft, Asbury Park, Bayshore, Long Branch, Western Monmouth-Freehold). To schedule or cancel a Writing Center appointment, go online using any Internet browser (Explorer must be version 5.5 or higher) and type in the following Web address to go to the TutorTrac login screen: Enter User Name: Your first initial followed by your last name (no spaces, all lowercase). Enter Password: The last 6-digits only of your Brookdale Community College ID number (located on your student ID card and the upper left corner of your class schedule). Detailed TutorTrac instructions are available in the Writing Centers and on the English Department Web page.

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