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General Course Information for ENG600: Seminar in Literary Theory

Course: ENG600 - Seminar in Literary Theory
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Course Description: Historical and current issues in literary criticism and theory with particular attention to developments of the last fifty years. Emphasizes both reading and writing literary criticism in order to develop vocabulary and skills necessary to participate in scholarly literary debate.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Familiarity with issues and questions raised by literary theorists.
  • Familiarity with terms and concepts employed in the discussion of literary theories.
  • Familiarity with positions and arguments of important literary theorists and approaches from Plato to today.
  • Familiarity with the history and evolution of Western literary theory.
  • Familiarity with major "schools" of contemporary theory.
  • Ability to critique theoretical arguments and identify assumptions that underlie them.
  • Ability to identify the assumptions that underlie analyses or interpretations of works of literature, including our own analyses and interpretations.
  • Ability to apply different literary theories and interpretive approaches to the analysis and interpretation of specific literary works.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • MASTER OF ARTS IN ENGLISH
    • Engage in informed critical discussion, both oral and written, of the works and criticism of a specific literary period or movement.
    • Engage in informed critical discussion, both oral and written, of theoretical issues pertaining to the study of literature.
    • Evaluate the relevance and validity of different theoretical approaches (e.g., historicist, biographical, etc.) to the understanding of specific works of literature.
    • Participate in rigorous critiques of the scholarly works of others.
    • Research and apply relevant criticism in sustained analyses and interpretations of specific works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
    • Revise and expand a scholarly paper to submit for publication in a scholarly or literary journal.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
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URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures