ENGLISH 1AA3 Lit. in English: Longer Genres
Academic Year: Fall 2016
Instructor: Dr. Roger Hyman
Office: Chester New Hall 302
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23732
Office Hours: Tuesday 2:30-3:30pm, Thursday 1:30-2:30
- Course Objectives
- Textbooks, Materials & Fees
- Method of Assessment
- Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties
- Additional Policies and Statements
- Topics and Readings
- Other Course Information
Students should be able to think critically about the issues raised in the texts and to write clearly about them
Textbooks, Materials & Fees:
Emily Carr, Klee Wyck
Charles Yale Harrison, Generals Die in Bed
George Orwell, Animal Farm
Samuel Beckett, “Endgame”
Nadine Gordimer, July's People
Joy Kogawa, Obasan
Method of Assessment:
Assignments and Due Dates
Essay One (500 words): due week of Sept 26*
Essay Two (1,500 words): due week of November 14*
* Students may either hand in essays in tutorial in the designated week or make arrangements suitable to their tutors to hand in essays to their tutors by the end of the designated week.
Essay One: 10%
Essay Two: 25%
Tutorial Participation: 30% (15% for general participation; 15% for participation assignment)
Final Exam: 35%
Students are expected to attend lectures, have read the texts and to be responsible for material covered in lecture and tutorials.
Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:
Late essays will be accepted without penalty if a Faculty extension has been granted, or there are issues that, in the opinion of the course instructor following discussion with the student (at least a week in advance of the due date), warrant an extension. Otherwise, essays will be penalized 10% for each day they are submitted after the due date and will not be accepted after five days. Students are responsible to make arrangements with their TAs to submit late essays. Electronic submissions will be accepted only in rare cases after discussion with the course instructor.
Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:
You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.
Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.
It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity
The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
- Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
- Improper collaboration in group work.
- Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Email correspondence policy
It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student. Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.
Modification of course outlines
The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.
McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)
In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.
Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities
Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.
Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances
Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.
Topics and Readings:
September 6: Introduction
September 8: Emily Carr; Introduction and Paintings
September 13: Klee Wyck
September 15: Klee Wyck
September 20: Klee Wyck
September 22: World War One Poetry
September 27: Generals Die in Bed
September 29: Generals Die in Bed
October 4: Generals Die in Bed
October 6: George Orwell: Introduction; Animal Farm
October 10-16 Reading Week
October 18: Animal Farm
October 20: Animal Farm
October 25: “Endgame”
October 27: “Endgame”
November 1: “Endgame”
November 3: July’s People
November 8: July’s People
November 10: July’s People
November 15: State Racism
November 17: Joy Kogawa poetry
November 22: Obasan
November 24: Obasan
November 29: Obasan
December 6: Obasan; Wrap-up, Review
Other Course Information:
Note 1: In the event of class cancellations, students will be notified on Avenue and the English Department Website. It is your responsibility to check these sites regularly for any such announcements.
Link: http://www.humanities.mcmaster.ca/~english/ (Department)
Link: http://avenue.mcmaster.ca/ (avenue to learn)
Note 2: E-mail Policy
All e-mail communication sent must originate from the student's own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.
Note 3: Students will be requested to complete an online course evaluation at the end of the course.