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12503 distance 50%
Faculty of Education and Business Studies
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Period for course registration: August 17th - August 30th
This course consists of five modules that will be taught as follows: "American Literature" (7.5 credits), “Literary Translation” (3.5) and “Topics in Linguistics” (4) will be taught in the fall term. In the first part of the term you will study “American Literature” (weeks 36-45 or period 1) and in the second half of the term you will study “Literary Translation” (weeks 46-49) and “Topics in Linguistics” (weeks 50-02). During the spring term you will study “Survey Course in Linguistics” (7.5) and “British Literature” (7.5).
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 live, face-to-face, 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 (Linguistics Survey, British Literature, and American Literature) and at least four seminars in Topics in Linguistics and Translation.
The module in Linguistics ends with a written exam, but, consistent with the principles of continuous assessment, all 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 (see “Communication” below). The teaching usually consists of lectures and seminars, but each module has its own structure and policy with respect to the forms of teaching.
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) as soon as possible. Only a selection of all the titles included in the bibliography for “American Literature” will be studied this term:
R.W. Emerson’s essay “Self-Reliance”, Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself”, The Scarlet Letter by N. Hawthorne, “The Purloined Letter” by E.A. Poe, “Bartleby, the Scrivener” by H. Melville, Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson, Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story "The Yellow Wall-paper", The Great Gatsby by S. Fitzgerald, a selection of poems by Emily Dickinson, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Robert Frost, and Langston Hughes, Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, and Raymond Carver’s short story “Cathedral”.
You should also get hold of the fifth edition (2016) of An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory by A. Bennett and N. Royle. This is the reference book (critical source) for the literature modules.
Since this course runs at 50%, you must be prepared to allocate 20 hours of study per week, including class attendance, reading and writing assignments. Studying for 15 credits in one term is like a half-time job.
In Canvas, you will find specific information, such as detailed course descriptions, class schedules, teaching materials, course requirements and assignments. A great part of your work will be carried out via Canvas, too. Once the module has started, you should check the course site on Canvas on a daily basis. Important information will be posted by your instructors on the the course site. If you have questions about the course in general, contact the course coordinator. If you have questions about a module, you should contact the instructor of that module.
All the meetings for this course are online; most of our classes will take place in "online classrooms" via the web conferencing system Zoom. Access to the digital classrooms will be provided through links posted on the course site on Canvas. Please note that you need to have a headset, a microphone and a webcam so as to be able to fully participate in our Zoom sessions.
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 attached disclaimer carefully before the beginning of the course; print it, sign it, make a copy/take a picture, and upload it to Canvas by August 31.
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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