English 290: Literature of the Sacred (Mythology)
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Office phone: x3929 (but email works better)
Office is 418
Use this email address to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meets TR 11-12:30 p.m. in Coulter 204
Office hour: TR 10-11 a.m. or by appointment
Upon completion of this class, students will have the following skills:
- Critical Reading of Primary and Secondary Texts:
Students will read several original ancient Greek and Roman texts (purchase texts), as well as historical and social context of those texts (rental textbook)
- Critical Writing About Primary Texts
Students analyze and interpret in writing those works of English literature using appropriate evidence, conventions, and language
- Improved understanding of the forces that shaped the ancient world and the literature it created
- Rudimentary understanding of theoretical approaches to mythology
- Some understanding of more modern responses (poems, music, art) to mythological themes.
Liberal Studies Objectives
This course is a Liberal Studies course. The learning goals of the Liberal Studies Program are for students to:
- Demonstrate the ability to locate, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information;
- Demonstrate the ability to interpret and use numerical, written, oral and visual data;
- Demonstrate the ability to read with comprehension, and to write and speak clearly, coherently, and effectively as well as to adapt modes of communication appropriate to an audience;
- Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze arguments; demonstrate the ability to recognize behaviors and define choices that affect lifelong well-being;
- Demonstrate an understanding of
- Past human experiences and ability to relate them to the present:
- Different contemporary cultures and their interrelationships;
- Issues involving social institutions, interpersonal and group dynamics, human development and behavior, and cultural diversity; scientific concepts and methods as well as contemporary issues in science and technology;
- Cultural heritage through its expressions of wisdom, literature and art and their roles in the process of self and social
P4: Humanities Course Objectives:
This course satisfies the P4 Perspective requirement of the Liberal Studies Program. Beyond the Primary Goals of the Perspectives courses, you will be exposed to landmark texts that embody the traditional Western heritage of humanity’s attempt to understand the human condition and that engage you in the exploration of the significance of human modes of being, thought, and values in your life. As in all Liberal Studies Perspective offerings, this course will emphasize reading, writing, and the use of information, as well as one or more of the following: critical analysis, oral communication, service learning, moral reflection, and cultural diversity.
See the Academic Integrity Policy here.You will be held accountable to this policy.
To help you get the most out of the course, I have instituted these policies:
- Web site: You are responsible for keeping up with the material on the web site. I do not use a printed syllabus, and I update the syllabus frequently, so always hit reload when you access it.
- Email: My email address is madams [at] wcu [dot] edu. Your WCU email (the one with catamount in it) is the way I contact you. You're responsible for checking mail from that address.
- Food and Drink in class. You may bring a beverage to class, but no food. You are responsible for cleaning up any mess caused by your beverage.
- Bring your Books! When class starts, the books should be on your desk, opened. After the first warning, if you are in class without your book, you will get 1/2 of an absence. Note: you will need several books by the second day of class.
- Cell phones,
Laptops, and other Electronic Devices in class. I cannot tolerate these. Please do not insult me or the other taxpayers, who pay at least 70% of your tuition if you are not on financial aid (more if you are), by texting or facebooking in class. Turn them off, off, off, please.
This class meets twice a week, so I begin lowering your grade by one letter after four missed classes. That includes excused or unexcused absences; I don't care why you're absent. However, here are some good tips regarding attendance:
- Don't schedule doctor's appointments during my class.
- Don't schedule makeup classes or exams for other instructors during my class.
- Don't shedule rehearsals, trips home, family reunions, or trips to see your significant other during my class.
- Don't leave my class before it is over or arrive more than 10 minutes after it has begun. I count those as absences.
- Frequent lateness equals an absence.
- Try to save your absences for illness and emergencies.
- Above all, find out what you missed and what's required for the next class. You are responsibe for all missed material. I don't like emails asking if you missed anything.
I do excuse university absences when I am required to do so (university sponsored trips, etc.) but I expect you to find out what you missed and do the work you missed.
You may use an ebook reader in my class, but please don't use a computer, phone, or laptop for anything else. Turn your phones off and put them away (not in your lap or on your desk). If I discover that you're on Facebook, email, texting, browsing, or using any digital resources except for our textbook, I will mark you absent and ask you to leave.
If you have a disability that requires the use of certain computer tools, please let me know in advance. I reserve the right to check your computer's screen to make sure you're following my policy. If you put it away when I try to look at it, I will assume you are breaking my rules and will mark you absent and ask you to leave.
Safeassign: WCU instructors reserve the right to use plagiarism prevention software (such as SafeAssignment.com) as well as Google, Yahoo, and/or other Internet search engines to determine whether or not student papers have been plagiarized. With plagiarism prevention software, instructors may upload student papers into a searchable database or teach students how to upload their own work as part of the course requirements.
No student may record, tape, or photograph any classroom activity without the express written consent of the instructor. Students may not make audio or video recordings of course activities except students permitted to record as an approved accommodation. Recordings of class may not be posted publicly (online or otherwise) or distributed to individuals who are not students in the course without the express permission of the faculty member and of any students who are recorded
Office of Disability Services
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: Western Carolina University is committed to providing equal educational opportunities for students with documented disabilities and/or medical conditions. Students who require reasonable accommodations must identify themselves as having a disability and/or medical condition and provide current diagnostic documentation to the Office of Disability Services. All information is confidential. Please contact the Office of Disability Services at (828) 227-3886 or come by Suite 135 Killian Annex for an appointment.
Student Support Services
Student Support Services provides support to students who are either first-generation, low-income or those who have disclosed a disability with: academic advising, mentoring, one-on-one tutorial support, and workshops focused on career, financial aid and graduate school preparation. You may contact SSS at (828) 227-7127 or email email@example.com for more information. SSS is located in the Killian Annex, room 138.
You, your parents, and the taxpayers have already paid for the following Academic Resources. You would be very wise to use them.
|Title||Classical Mythology (Rental)|
|Publication Date||April 11, 2011|
Purchase all of the following three books, plus select one of the last two.
|Publisher||Penguin Classics Deluxe|
|Publication Date||June 16, 1990|
|Author||Dante Alighieri (Editor); Allen Mandelbaum (Translator); Barry Moser (Illustrator)|
|Publisher||Random House Publishing Group|
|Publication Date||January 1, 1982|
Choose one of the following:
|Publication Date||September 14, 2006|
|Publisher||Crown Publishing Group|
|Publication Date||January 5, 2010|
Grades will be assessed as follows:
Assignment % of Grade
|20%||Quizzes (All quizzes are open book. If you miss a quiz, you cannot make it up. I will drop two of the lowest quiz grades).|
|10%||Paper 1: presented as PowerPoint (analysis of a theme in the Odyssey) in my office|
|15%||Paper 2: Analysis of either Atwood or Huler's books as responses to Odyssey|
|10%||Group project/ presentation to class: Artistic response (PowerPoint, etc.) to either the Aeneid or Dante's inferno OR creation and presentation to class of a myth of your own (Your group can have a minimum or two people and a maximum of three. Part of your grade will involve describing and assessing the participation of your group members)|
|20%||Short writings and onboard discussions|