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 6110
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Catalog Name: Seminar in American Literature I
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Instructor Information
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 Required texts and other readings/materials
  • The instructor will 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
  • A tightly focused examination of some aspect of pre-Civil War American literature in its historical, ideological, and/or cultural context.  The topic for this course varies.  May be repeated for credit as topic varies
  • A further specific description pertaining to this section of the course may be added.

Graduate Course Goals

Students will, depending upon the seminar topic,
  • demonstrate an enhanced familiarity with the characteristics that have traditionally distinguished literary periods, as well as a developed awareness of the social forces, historical events, and cultural interests that define such epochs; and/or
  • understand and appreciate the significance of an author's/school's unique contributions to pre-Civil War American literary history, as well as comprehend the continuities expressed by those contributions within the American literary traditions; and/or
  • be conversant with the specific cultural context that gave rise to a literary movement, theme, or trope, and comprehend the manner in which the literary productions both shaped and were shaped by that context.
In addition,
  • Students will recognize the implications and applications of the ideas and methods of the seminar and will reveal their understanding by demonstrating both oral and written facility in applying the seminar material to the critical analysis of literary and cultural texts.
  • Students will be capable of conducting independent and meaningful course-related research and synthesizing it in the form of a correctly documented research paper prepared according to current professional standards.

Graduate Program Goals

  • This course prepares students to complete successfully the comprehensive oral examination that is required for all M.A. degree candidates.
  • This course provides students with literary, historical, and critical contexts related to texts on the department's required reading list.
  • Oral presentations in the course strengthen students' presentation skills and prepare them further for the oral comprehensive examination which is required for the M.A. degree.
  • Gaining further knowledge of texts in this area strengthens students' content area knowledge, prepares them for taking nationally recognized standardized examinations (such as the advanced GRE subject examination in English), and further prepares them for careers in teaching, writing, and business or advanced graduate-level study.
General topics and assignments appropriate to those topics
  • To be determined by instructor.
Assessment activities
  • To be determined by instructor.
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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