Course Syllabus (Draft)

(DRAFT)

GREENVILLE TECHNICAL COLLEGE

ARTS AND SCIENCES DIVISION

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

COURSE POLICIES AND SYLLABUS

SEMESTER

 

 

Course: ENG 231                                                                             

Semester Credit Hours: 3.0

Course Title: Middle Eastern Literature

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Website: melitstudies.wordpress.com

Prerequisite:  A Grade of C or better in Eng 102

Course Description: This course is a survey of the major works, genres, and writers of the Middle East. The relationships among the literature, culture, and history of the Middle East will be emphasized.

Course Purpose: To introduce students the major cultural and historical movements within Middle Eastern literature and to examine the major events that have contributed to the development of modern Middle Eastern society and to the diverse populations in this economically and politically important part of the world.

Required Texts:    TBA

Other Required Materials:  None

Supplementary Materials:  None

Objectives of Course:  Students who successfully complete English 231 with 70% accuracy or better will have demonstrated the skills required to accomplish the following minimum objectives:

  1. analyze works of literature within and across historical and cultural frameworks, using close reading, well-organized arguments supported by specific examples from the literature and following accepted rules of grammar, punctuation and MLA documentation 
  2. recognize the major themes of Middle Eastern literature from the ancient world, pre-Islamic, Islamic Golden Age, and contemporary periods
  3. summarize historical background affecting Middle Eastern literature of the ancient world, pre-Islamic, Islamic Golden Age, and contemporary periods
  4. recognize cultural trends affecting Middle Eastern literature of the ancient world, pre-Islamic, Islamic Golden Age, and contemporary periods
  5. analyze the literary styles of Middle Eastern literature from the ancient world, pre-Islamic, Islamic Golden Age, and contemporary periods
  6. compare/contrast different thematic treatments of the same subject within and across literary periods

NOTES:

Students will complete:

  • at least two timed tests
  • a  minimum of 2000 written words distributed over at least 3 papers*

*The instructor may substitute an oral report, project, or panel discussion for one of the papers; the instructor may substitute a minimum of 6 reader responses (to include documentation) for one of the writing assignments. 

These objectives outline minimum requirements; the instructor may require additional assignments.

General Education Outcomes:

Students who graduate from Greenville Tech with a degree are expected to have gained competency in a number of non-technical areas.  Below is a list of those areas; the highlighted items are skills that we will be practicing in this class. 

Communication: Students will demonstrate the ability to use active reading and listening skills and to produce effective written and oral communication for varying audiences.

Criteria: Graduates of Greenville Technical College will be able to

  • Demonstrate active reading skills
  • Demonstrate active listening skills
  • Respond appropriately to others
  • Adapt messages to varying audiences
  • Construct well-organized written and oral communication
  • Deliver written or oral communication with specific content
  • Use standard English

 

Information Technology and Technological Literacy:  Students will demonstrate competency in using computer technology within a field of study.

Criteria:  Graduates of Greenville Technical College will be able to:

  • Access pertinent and valid information in electronic resources
  • Apply technology tools effectively to accomplish tasks
  • Observe security procedures, legal requirements, and ethical practices when using technology

 

Critical Thinking/Reasoning: Students will demonstrate the ability to apply the scientific method, mathematical processes, and research skills to solve problems or analyze issues by using reflection and reasoning to justify conclusions.

Criteria:  Graduates of Greenville Technical College will be able to:

  • Define/identify a problem/issue
  • Conduct research
  • Use appropriate reasoning/methods
  • Formulate conclusions/solutions
  • Evaluate and question conclusions/solutions

 

Professionalism and Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate 1) the ability to exhibit conduct, attitudes, and etiquette appropriate to the student’s community and chosen career; and 2) the ability to manage time, to use effective interpersonal skills, and to display responsible behavior.

Criteria:  Graduates of Greenville Technical College will be able to:

  • Prioritize and organize the demands of work, education and family
  • Develop realistic strategies for achieving career goals
  • Create a life-long learning plan
  • Display behaviors consistent with ethical standards within a discipline or profession
  • Demonstrate the ability to interact collaboratively and effectively within a group
  • Practice professional conduct and etiquette
  • Use effective interpersonal skills with different populations

 

Diversity: Students will demonstrate the ability to recognize diversity and to demonstrate respectful conduct and attitudes toward all and the ability to understand how global issues impact life, work, and opportunities.

Criteria:  Graduates of Greenville Technical College will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of diversity issues to include societal, contemporary and global issues
  • Evaluate the impact of a multicultural world on personal and professional life
  • Use appropriate strategies for working and living in a diverse society

 

Grading:      

All writing will be graded according to the Theme Standard Sheet criteria. 

All writing assignments will be written outside class and submitted electronically by 7:30 am on the due date listed on the course calendar; late assignments will be penalized 1 letter grade per day and will not be accepted if they are more than two days late.  Students are encouraged to submit assignments early to avoid last minute problems.

Missed oral presentations cannot be made up.  The oral presentation will be a summary of assignment 2.

Missed discussions/blogs cannot be made up.  Discussion/blog prompts will be posted according to the dates listed in the course outline.  Responses must be posted by 7 :30 am on the date indicated on the course outline.  Late posts will not be accepted; early posts are encouraged.

Grades will be distributed as follows: 

Assignment Points % of Grade
Assignment 1 100 pts 14.3%
Assignment 2 100 pts 14.3%
Oral Presentation 100 pts 14.3%
Tests  – 3 at 100 pts each 300 pts 43.0%
Blog/Discussion posts (10 at 10 pts each) 100 pts 14.3%
Total 700 pts 100%

 

The final grade will be calculated by dividing the total number of points you have accumulated by 700.

To help you calculate your grade in class,

If your point total is… Your grade will be…
700-627   A
625-557 B
556-487 C
486-417 D
416 or below F

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