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12500 campus 100%
Faculty of Education and Business Studies
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Period for course registration: 17 aug - 30 aug
Welcome to English 1-30 100%!
My name is Henrik Kaatari and I will be your course coordinator. Please contact me if you have any questions about the course (email@example.com).
You will study five modules in total within this course:
Language Structure (7.5 hp)
Culture (4.5 hp)
World English (3 hp)
Written Communication (7.5 hp)
Contemporary Literature in English (7.5 hp)
The five modules will be taught as follows: Language Structure will be taught throughout the first part of the term (weeks 36-45 or period 1) and Culture will be taught in parallel, from week 36 to week 43; then World English runs for three weeks (44-46). In the second half of the term (weeks 46-03), you will study Contemporary Literature in English and Written Communication.
Language Structure ends with a written exam on the HiG campus or at any authorized exam location, but, consistent with the principles of continuous assessment, all of the five modules feature compulsory written assignments (examinerande uppgifter) throughout their respective periods. More information about the content and assessment procedures for individual modules will be published by the instructors on the course site in Canvas. All of the five modules include student participation in their assessment procedures. The teaching usually consists of lectures and seminars, but each module has its own structure and policy with respect to the forms of teaching. For example, Written Communication has virtually no lectures, given its focus on writing practice, while Language Structure features a mixture of lectures and seminars.
You should order all your course books in good time. A good idea is to get hold of the books indicated in the syllabus (kursplan) during the summer vacation. Only a selection of all the titles included in the bibliography for the module “Contemporary Literature in English” will be studied this term. Those texts are: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes, and David Malouf’s Remembering Babylon. In order to reduce your workload during the second period of this term, I strongly recommend that you start reading the novels before the module starts.
Since this is a full-time course, you must be prepared to allocate 40 hours of study per week, including class attendance, reading and writing assignments. Studying for 30 credits in one term is like a full-time job.
Students attending courses in English at the University of Gävle are required to attend class in order to receive a passing grade. Studying English at our college does not only involve obtaining subject knowledge, but also improving one’s ability to speak and write English, and this can only take place if students meet their teachers and actively participate in the instruction. Furthermore, most modules feature group work in order to accommodate the general course objective that “students should be able to compare and critically evaluate one’s own and others' work”. Failure to participate in such activities will therefore make it impossible to attain a course objective. For these reasons, we require attendance, with only minor exceptions. To take exams and pass the course, students must attend at least eight seminars in each of the 7.5 cr. modules (Language Structure, Written Communication, and Contemporary Literature in English), four seminars in Culture, Ethnicity, Identity and three in World English.
From the autumn semester 2020, Canvas will replace the University's current learning management system Blackboard. You will automatically be enrolled on the course in Canvas once you have registered for your course in Ladok. Please note that it can take up to 60 minutes for the systems to synchronise but after that you will be able to see your course in Canvas.
Cheating and plagiarizing are serious academic offences, which result in failing the module in question and being reported to the college’s disciplinary commission. To learn about plagiarism and get basic information on how to avoid it, please read the disclaimer posted on Blackboard carefully before the beginning of the course; print it, sign it, make a copy/take a picture, and upload it to Canvas.
Registration for exams, including re-takes, is mandatory. You can register for exams via Ladok. You need to register at least ten days before the exam date. If you fail to register you will only be able to sit your exam if there is a n empty place in the exam hall.
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