University of West Georgia -- Department of English and Philosophy
1601 Maple Street, Carrollton, Georgia 30118 -- Phone: (678) 839-6512 - Fax: (678) 839-4849


Course Template

The following information should be available to students as a part of all syllabi for this course.
 

Course Information
Number: ENGL 4106
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Catalog Name: Studies in Genre
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Instructor Information
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Required texts and other readings/materials
  • Individual instructors may assemble a group of texts that will allow students to meet the objectives and specifications of the course. No specific texts are required.
Course description
  • An intensive examination of the formal, social, cultural and historical contexts of a single literary genre as well as the theoretical concerns that underlie its analysis. May be repeated for credit as genre or topic varies. Students may enroll up to three semesters.
  • Prerequisites: ENGL 1101 and 1102.
  • Required for Certification in Secondary English Education..
  • A further specific description pertaining to this section of the course may be added.

Course Goals

  • Students will learn about the distinguishing characteristics of a literary genre and develop and appreciation of how that genre evolves into many diverse forms.
  • Students will develop an advanced critical facility in the formal analysis of a specific literary genre.
  • Students will be able to identify and use some of the most significant theories and methods that shape the contemporary study of a specific literary genre.
  • Students will read and analyze works from a specific literary genre written during different historical eras and from different national or cultural perspectives.
  • Students will demonstrate in both oral and written work a discipline-specific critical facility through convincing and well-supported analysis of related material.
  • Students will demonstrate their command of academic English and the tenets of sound composition by means of thesis-driven analytical prose.
  • Students will learn to use discipline-specific computer technologies related to the study of language such as listservs, word processing, and internet research.

Program Goals

  • This course fulfills one of the departmental requirements for the completion of the English major.
  • Students will develop the analytical, oral and written skills to pursue graduate study or careers in teaching, writing, business and a variety of other fields.
  • Students will be able to define and pursue independent research agendas.
  • This course contributes to the program goal of equipping students with a foundation in literary history and the issues surrounding literary study in contemporary culture.
  • This course broadens students' desire and ability to take pleasure in their encounter with literature.
General topics and assignments appropriate to those topics
  • To be determined by instructor.
Assessment activities
  • To be determined by instructor.
  • Students will display their command of academic English and of the tenets of  sound composition by means of thesis-driven analytical prose, including at least ten pages of research-based writing.
Other policies
  • Departmental plagiarism policies
  • Other policy statements specific to this class should be included on the syllabus.
  • A detailed calendar of readings and assignments should be made available to the class at the first class meeting. A copy should be posted electronically and kept on file in the English department office.
  • Students should be expected to come to class, prepared and able to participate.
  • MLA style should be emphasized and required on out of class essays.
Last updated 8-9-04 --Email Susan Holland with problems or questions about the site.