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 4185
Section:

Catalog Name: Studies in Literature by Women
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 investigation of aesthetic and cultural issues pertinent to the production of literature by women.  Typical offerings will rotate among topics related to literature by women in the United States, the British Isles, or other parts of the world.  May be repeated for credit as topic varies.
  • Prerequisites: ENGL 1101 and 1102.
  • A further specific description pertaining to this section of the course may be added.

Course Goals

  • Students will demonstrate an enhanced familiarity with selected texts by female authors from the United States, the British Isles, and/or other areas of the world.
  • Students will develop theoretical and critical foundations for interpreting literature by women and will use these foundations in their interaction with the course texts.
  • Students will gain an understanding of the practice of canon formation in the construction of literary history and of alternative feminist and cultural literary histories.
  •  Students will recognize the particular social and political consumption of female-authored literature.
  • 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.
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