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General Course Information for LIT360: Literary Theory

Course: LIT360 - Literary Theory
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to: http://www.nutextdirect.com

Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: A survey of major classical and contemporary arguments about the nature of literature, literary expression, and literary experience.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate, in both discussion and writing, familiarity with the assumptions and conclusions of important literary theories from the classical era to the present.
  • Demonstrate, in both discussion and writing, familiarity with questions about literature which have been posed by critics of different eras and critical perspectives, and with the ways in which those critics have tried to respond to those questions.
  • Demonstrate, in both discussion and writing, the ability to read literary theory texts critically, to analyze their assumptions, and compare their arguments with other theoretical texts.
  • Situate modern and contemporary theoretical texts within the ongoing debates over persistent critical themes and questions.
  • Apply different theoretical approaches to the analysis and interpretation of different works of literature.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ENGLISH EDUCATION WITH NEVADA SECONDARY LICENSURE
    • Demonstrate an appreciation of the role of marginalized or oppositional voices in the evolution of the literary tradition and literary history.
    • Demonstrate familiarity with major British and American writers and their works.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the major periods and movements of British and American literary history
    • Demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret literary works within their historical and cultural contexts
    • Demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret the use and effects of literary and rhetorical features of literary texts.
    • Demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret works of literature in the context of generic conventions.
    • Demonstrate the ability to compose sophisticated written works of literary analysis, incorporating appropriate close reading, research, and writing skills.
    • Demonstrate understanding of major critical approaches to the interpretation of literature.
  • MAJOR IN ENGLISH
    • Compose sophisticated written works of literary analysis, incorporating appropriate close reading, research, and writing skills.
    • Evaluate the relationship of marginalized or oppositional voices to the evolution of literary traditions and histories.
    • Identify major critical approaches to the interpretation literature.
  • MAJOR IN ENGLISH WITH A PRELIMINARY SINGLE SUBJECT TEACHING CREDENTIAL (CALIFORNIA)
    • Analyze literary works within their historical and cultural contexts.
    • Analyze works of literature in the context of the conventions and histories of their genres.
    • Compose sophisticated written works of literary analysis, incorporating appropriate close reading, research, and writing skills.
    • Evaluate the relationship of marginalized or oppositional voices to the evolution of literary traditions and histories.
    • Identify major critical approaches to the interpretation of literature.
  • MAJOR IN ENGLISH WITH SINGLE-SUBJECT MATTER PREPARATION
    • Analyze the use and effects of literary and rhetorical features of literary texts.
    • Evaluate the relationship of marginalized or oppositional voices to the evolution of literary traditions and histories.
    • Identify major critical approaches to the interpretation of works of literature.

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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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