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22511 100% distance
Faculty of Education and Business Studies
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Period for course registration: 4th January -17th January
This course consists of five modules that will be taught as follows: “Survey Course in Linguistics” (7.5 credits) and “American Literature” (7.5) will be taught in parallel in the first part of the term (weeks 03-12 or period 1); in the second half of the term (weeks 13-22), you will study “British Literature” (7.5), “Translation” (3.5) and “Topics in Linguistics” (4).
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 on Blackboard (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 the modules “British Literature” and “American Literature” will be studied this term:
* in the American Literature Survey you will study the following: 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”. In addition, a selection of chapters from the reference book An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory, Fifth Edition (2016) by Andrew Bennett and Nicholas Royle will be studied and used as critical sources for literary analysis - ca. 80 pages
* for the British Literature Survey: Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet", "Moll Flanders" by Daniel Defoe, Jane Austen’s "Pride and Prejudice", Dickens’s "Hard Times", and "Sons and Lovers" by D.H. Lawrence: In addition to these lengthier works, references will be made to the following texts: “The Wife of Bath” chapter from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the epic poem "Paradise Lost" by John Milton, and T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Wasteland”. In week 13, you will read “The Wife of Bath” and "Romeo and Juliet". In addition to reading the play, your instructor, Marko Modiano, recommends that you watch a film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, which will help you understand Shakespeare’s text better.
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 for the literature modules.
Since this course runs at 100%, 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.
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Secondly, we will meet in a virtual classroom using Zoom. Information on how to access this classroom will be posted in Canvas. For us all to be able to benefit from a good quality of reception it is recommended that you use broadband and not a wireless connection. It is also important that you use a good headset with a microphone instead of the microphone on the computer only. A good camera is also essential for communicative purposes. Unfortunately, iPads and iPhones do not work sufficiently for this activity.
Cheating and plagiarizing are serious academic offenses, 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. You will find it as an assignment in Canvas, too. You must download it, sign it electronically, and upload it to Canvas by the indicated due date.
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