COURSE NUMBER: ENGL 371

COURSE TITLE: Mapping our Mental Geography: Canadian Literature Post-1970

 

NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Philip Mingay

 

CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)

CLASS SCHEDULE:
MWF 10:00-10:50am in N209

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Tracing our literary landscape reveals that contemporary Canada is constantly changing. This course will explore our shifting national identity through a diversity of voices in poetry and prose. We will follow the progression of Canadian literature from the contemporary (post-1970) period forward, investigating questions of literary, historical, and cultural significance – particularly those that have given rise to a variety of regional literatures.

Prerequisites: ENGL 214, 215

This course is considered a Canadian Studies course for the purposes of King's B.Ed. (AD).

REQUIRED TEXTS:

MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:

 

Essay One

15%

Essay Two (Research)

30%

Library Assignment

15%

Quizzes (5x2%)

10%

Presentation/Participation 5%

Final Exam

25%

 

100%

 

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

In ENGL 371 students will...
• Learn the vocabulary to study Canadian fiction and poetry, as well as other forms of media such as art and film.
• Construct critical interpretations of texts about issues such as canon formation and national literature, and the role of the artist in the construction of Canada 's national identity.
• Further develop their research, writing, and argumentative skills in the discipline of English literature.
• Address questions of genre, as well as the politics of multiculturalism, gender, and regionalism.
• Be introduced to.broader theoretical academic issues such as postcolonialism, postmodernism, feminism, and education.

The classes will incorporate both lecture and discussion formats. I will introduce each text and its critical background, and then as a class we will examine the text in detail, as well as any supplementary texts. This means that you must attend class, keep up with the readings, and be prepared to contribute to class discussions. It would be useful for you to note what you believe are significant sections from the texts, and how they may contribute to our understanding of the course as a whole.

Class participation is essential to the intellectual progression of the class. I expect you to attend class regularly and be prepared with specific questions and concerns so that we can examine the texts in detail.

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY
The University expects students to attend all classes, seminars and laboratory periods. Part of a student's responsibility in contributing to the community of the University is his or her contribution to and participation in each class. Students should note that some classes (e.g., physical activity courses, Choir) have minimum attendance requirements. Students auditing a course must attend at least 80% of the lectures.
The classroom is a collaborative space where each member contributes to the intellectual progression and stimulation of the class. Be present; be prepared; be professional or we are all lesser for it.

Class participation is also essential to the intellectual progression of the class. I expect you to attend class regularly and be prepared with specific questions and concerns so that we can examine the texts in detail. Please use your electronics responsbility. If your learning is being disrupted by another student's texting or visiting non-academic websites, please let me know. 

 

COPYRIGHT AND PRIVACY 

Under the law, a lecture is classified as a “public performance” which means three important things:

 

 

 

 

 

 

• your instructor legally owns the lecture including any notes / materials / slides / presentation / recordings; if these include other published works (in full or in part), they are covered by educational agreements of usage or under “fair dealing” principles.
• you may not re-post lectures (in full or in part) on any media
• you may not record lectures (even for personal use) unless you have written permission from your instructor

DEADLINES:

All grades will be assigned using The King's University alpha scale below (A+ - F). Please make copies of your assignments before submission. Keep all assignments in electronic form (on file or on usb) until the semester is over and you have received your official final grade. All essays must be uploaded to Turnitin via Moodle on the due date.

Essays will be accepted for grading within TWO weeks of the due date; however, late paper assessment will follow standard Department of English late policy: one alpha grade-step deduction per day (excluding weekend) to a maximum of five steps. If extenuating circumstances arise, contact your instructor in writing no later than two weeks following the original due date to arrange a plan for completion of the paper. BOTH essays must be completed to qualify for the final exam.

 

Designator Percentage Letter Grade GPA

Excellent

90-100

86-89

82-85

A+

A

A-

4.0

4.0

3.7

Good

78-81

74-77

70-73

B+

B

B-

3.3

3.0

2.7

Satisfactory

66-69

62-65

58-61

C+

C

C-

2.3

2.0

1.7

Poor

54-57

D+

1.3

Minimal Pass

50-53

D

1.0

Failure

0-49

F

0.0

 

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
Academic integrity measures will be used in this course, including screening all essays for originality through Turnitin. Academic dishonesty is a serious offence with potentially disastrous consequences, and I intend to hold you to the highest academic standards. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with University policies regarding scholarly ethics and academic integrity (see current King's calendar).

ACADEMIC HONESTY
The University disciplinary code defines the following as offenses. Committing these or aiding another student in committing these is academic misconduct.

Cheating includes: obtaining or providing information or material from or to others during an exam; allowing another student to observe answers during an exam; or possessing or attempting to acquire or distribute unauthorized material relating to an exam.

Plagiarism includes: representing another's work in whole or in part as one's own in an exam or paper, knowingly including a false statement or reference as if it were true, or submission by the student of the work prepared for a different course without the express consent of the instructor.

Other offenses are: tampering or attempting to tamper with examinations, class work, grades or class records; failure to abide by instructor directions regarding the individuality of work; impersonation of another student in an examination or other class assignment; falsification or fabrication of lab reports; the non-authorized recording of lectures; failure to obtain approval, permission, or to otherwise follow procedures, as required by the University as outlined in the University Calendar.

The first occurrence of academic dishonesty in any course results in a zero for the assignment, test, or exam; the second case in any course results in a zero for the course; and the third case in any course results in academic suspension. Occurrences of academic dishonesty will also be noted on the student’s academic record. For more information see the King’s Calendar (http://registry.kingsu.ca/Calendar).

Academic integrity applies to every aspect of the classroom – from testing to our relationship with peers. Major assignments will be vetted by Turnitin; students will also sign and submit an Academic Integrity Agreement detailing our shared understanding of professional practices and conduct.

 

Academic Supports
Support in the Centre for Teaching & Learning Includes:
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Writing Centre: Writing support for researching, creating, and editing a successful university paper contact leonard.fehr@kingsu.ca for more information.
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• Digital Technology support creates confidence, literacy, and skills to apply ethical and efficient problem solving, task completion, and effective adaptability to new and emerging technology.
• Presentation Methods teaches speaking and presentation skills to connect class outcomes to learning beyond the classroom.
• Health & Wellness support examines the relationships between health and wellness and the accomplishment of life goals while exhibiting and promoting behaviors that advance a healthy community at TKU.
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