4. Course Objectives
A survey course, EL266 has particular relevance as a liberal arts core requirement, education certification requirement, and/or elective. The Seton Hill University Learning Objectives
(found on page 4 of the 2010-1012 course catalog) include several skills
that this course is especially designed to help you develop:
- Express arguments or main points clearly, in written and oral communication.
- Assess privilege and oppression from the perspective of culture, race, class, and gender.
- Find, evaluate, and apply information.
- Use technological skills to access information, organize knowledge, and communicate.
- Locate and analyze expressive media to gain information or comprehend the significance of an issue or event.
A literature survey course has an additional meaning for English majors and minors, because a 200-level survey course introduces important scholarly techniques (how to read and write about a literary text) and subject matter (the works themselves).
These goals of the English program all apply directly to EL 266:
- Examine a wide range of genres, styles and cultural literatures.
- Examine the traditional canon and innovative nontraditional writers and writing.
- Demonstrate analytical skills of reading literature.
- Demonstrate a high level of research and writing skills.
- Write and speak in a wide range of formats appropriate to major emphasis: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, critical essay, oral presentation.
- Speak and write about issues in the discipline and how they interact with the culture at large.
- Articulate the ongoing relation between personal habits of reading and writing and the evolving study of English.
Your Objectives for EL266
- Deeply and critically read literary texts
- Demonstrate familiarity with the social and political forces shaping American culture during the time period
- Use textual evidence to support your claims orally and in writing, without oversimplifying or ignoring views which differ from yours
- Organize and develop your initial reactions to assigned texts, through discussion, drafting, peer critiquing, and revision
- Write two college-level papers (one supported by primary sources, another supported by both primary sources and secondary academic research)
- Contribute actively to a positive learning environment
- read all assigned texts and reflect meaningfully on them (a process that includes re-reading parts of large texts or the whole of shorter texts) before class,
- participate via class discussion, in-class activities, and homework
At the end of this course, you should be able to demonstrate
- Awareness of the literary techniques authors use in order to express and develop their ideas
- Awareness of the historical, cultural, and formal issues that influence your developing responses to texts on the syllabus
- Competence in interpretive, critical reading of literary texts (beyond summarizing the plot)
- Intellectual engagement with your peers and the course content (in person and online)
- Ability to plan, research, draft, revise, and polish college-level essays