English 101 Syllabus (Mac Test, Summer 2005)
Instructor: Mac Test
Office: South Hall 2432M
Office Hours: M 10:45 -11:45, or by appt.
- Shakespeare, William. The Tempest (UCEN Bookstore)
- Marlowe, Christopher. The Jew of Malta (UCEN Bookstore)
- Reader (Associated Students, next to Multi-Cultural Center)
Through the careful analysis of a variety of literary and historical texts, this course will examine how the small island of England (and in particular the city of London) viewed the rest of the world. We will look at a fantastical travel text from the Middle Ages (The Travels of Sir John Mandeville), and explore the medieval Arthurian tradition (Sir Gawain and the Green Knight). We will examine how the English establish themselves as inheritors of Greco-Roman tradition, especially as conquerors of the wider world. With this in mind, we will read excerpts from England's "pre-colonial" texts such as Sir Thomas More's Utopia, and Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene. We will then explore drama and poetry written after England's first successful colony in the New World (Jamestown, 1607). These works include Shakespeare's The Tempest and poems by John Donne and Michael Drayton, among others. Topics include: the center and margin; the other within and without; transformation and identity; the creation of a mythic past and desired future; and colonization.
Course Website: [http://english.ucsb.edu/courses/dept_overview.asp?CourseID=229]
- Attendance / Participation: 15%
- Presentations: 15%
- Reading Quizzes: 20%
- Final Paper: 25%
- Final Exam: 25%
ATTENDANCE / PARTICIPATION
15% of your grade depends upon your performance in class. Four or more absences from section will result in a "F" for this category. You are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the readings. Frequent and/or excessive tardiness is inexcusable; you will be considered absent if you show up late without your work.
Students are required to give group presentations. These presentations will be given by groups of three, and should last approximately 15 minutes. Presentation material must be handed in to get full credit. A sign-up list will be passed out and particulars of the assignment will be discussed. This is worth 15% of your grade.
There will be periodic quizzes on the material read for class. These will be worth 20% of your final grade.
You are required to write one paper (5-6 pages), worth 25% of your grade. We will discuss paper topics, due dates, and other particulars for the paper. I expect you to use standard MLA format at all times. The paper is due at the beginning of class on the specified due date unless you have received an extension from me. Consult me well in advance of the due date if you're having or anticipate problems. Late papers will be penalized one full grade for each day late.
You are required to take a comprehensive final examination (25% of your final grade) on all of the material covered throughout the course. We will review material in class prior to the exam.
All of the work you turn in must be entirely your own (when quoting sources use proper citation). Plagiarism is unacceptable and is a serious offense that bears serious consequences. Don't do it. It is not worth the risk.
In order to pass this course, you must complete all the course requirements.
I encourage you to come to my office hours to discuss your progress in the course. If you are unable to meet during scheduled office hours, I will make every effort to arrange an alternative meeting time.
This syllabus is subject to change.