Literary Studies and University Writing Skills

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Royal Military College of Canada

Department of English

ENE 110-4: Introduction to Literary Studies and University Writing Skills

Monday, 1000-1050; Wednesday, 1240-1330 ; Friday, 1000-1050

Instructor: Dr. Huw Osborne
Office: M323
Phone: 6269
Email: osborne@rmc.ca
Office Hours: by appointment

Course Objectives

There are two primary goals for this course:
1. Above all, we are concerned with exploring literary expression with a simple desire to improve our abilities to appreciate how literary language communicates the experience of living and thinking. To this end, much of our time will be dedicated to discussing a wide range of literature as a group. 2. We will pursue this more general goal in the context of several literary periods. We will discuss literature in the context of historical developments, aesthetic preoccupations, and political and philosophical perspectives.

Texts

Abrams, et al., eds. The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Major Authors Vols. A and B.

Caspary, Vera. Laura.

Churchill, Caryl. Cloud Nine.

Hanley, James. The German Prisoner.

Kureshi, Hanif. My Beautiful Laundrette

Malouf, David. An Imaginary Life.

Shakespeare, William. King Lear.

Assignments

Your final grade will be calculated based on formal essay assignments, in-class participation, and written exams.

Essays

You will be provided with a list of essay questions for each essay assignment. All essays must conform to the following format: ▪ Essays must conform to MLA format.
▪ In part, this format requires that you use correct MLA citation and provide a Works Cited page. A Works Cited page is required even for assignments that use only one primary source. ▪ Failure to conform to these guidelines will result lower grades.

Exams

Throughout the course, you will write 3 exams: a Fall midterm exam, a Fall final exam, and a Winter final exam. The midterm exam will consist of short answer passage recognition questions. The Fall and Winter final exams will consist of short answer passage recognition questions and essay questions.

Participation

Excellent attendance and consistent contributions to class discussion will result in a high participation grade, while poor attendance and consistent silence will result in a low participation grade. In most cases, the participation grade is meant to reward those who make the effort.

Grade Breakdown

AssignmentLengthWeightDate Due

ParticipationNA 10%NA

Essay One5 Pages 5% October 12

MidtermNA 5% October 19

Essay Two5 Pages 10% November 19

Christmas ExamNA 15%TBA

Essay Three5 Pages 10%March 11

Essay Four5 Pages 15%April 8

Final ExamNA 30%TBA

Academic Conduct

All assignments must be handed in on the date specified unless an extension is granted by the professor. Late assignments will receive a 5 % penalty per day. After five days, a mark of zero will be entered and the squadron commander will be informed.

All students are reminded of the departmental and College policy that plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct will not be tolerated and will result in severe penalties. Read the section of the College Calendar entitled “Academic Misconduct” http://www.rmc.ca/aca/ac-pe/ug-apc/ar-rce/am-mce-eng.asp l.

Plagiarism includes:

Using the work of others and attempting to present it as original thought, prose or work. This includes failure to appropriately acknowledge a source, misrepresentation of cited work, and misuse of quotation marks or attribution; Failure to acknowledge adequately collaboration or outside assistance and; Copying.

Other violations of academic ethics include:

Not following ethical norms or guidelines in research;...
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