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Engelska för ämneslärare 31-60
Faculty of Education and Business Studies
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Period for course registration: 13-19 january
This course consists of five modules that will be taught as follows: “Survey Course in Linguistics” (7.5 credits) and “British Literature” (7.5) will be taught in parallel in the first part of the term (weeks 04-13 or period 1); in the second half of the term (weeks 14-23), you will study “American Literature” (7.5), “Literary 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:
* 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 4, 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.
* 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”.
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.
On Blackboard, 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 Blackboard, too. It is therefore essential that you enroll in the course on Blackboard as soon as you have been assigned a student account (keep in mind that course registration and enrollment in the course on Blackboard are separate things). Once the module has started, you should check the course site on Blackboard on a daily basis. Important information will be posted by your instructors on the first page of the course site (as “Announcements”). 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 Blackboard. 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. More information about Zoom can be found here: https://www.hig.se/Ext/Sv/Biblioteket/Learning-Center /Webbmotesverktyg/Webbmoten-via-Zoom.html
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