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ENGL 2121H

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Credit Hours   3   
Course Title   British Literature I (Honors)   
Prerequisite(s)   ENGL 1102 with a "C" or better or ENGL 1102H with a "C" or better and acceptance into the Honors Program.   
Corequisite(s)   None Specified   
Catalog Description   
This course is ENGL 2121 for Honors students.
Expected Educational Results   
Students will understand the conventions and historical development of the literary works and genres that characterize British literature of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Seventeenth Century, the Restoration, and the Eighteenth Century. These genres may include essays, fiction, poetry, drama, autobiography, and biography.
Students will analyze in an essay an aspect of one or more works of literature, thereby demonstrating their comprehension of literature as an art form.
Students will demonstrate through discussion and paper writing an understanding of how literature mirrors the culture that generates it, giving us insights into social, economic, political, and religious institutions that would otherwise be unavailable to us.

General Education Outcomes   
During the semester, students will read, discuss, and write about various authors, literary works, genres, and literary periods.
Tests will be assigned at the individual instructor's discretion.

Tests and a final exam prepared by individual instructors will be used to determine part of the course grade. Each test and the final will require but are not limited to essay responses to questions designed for the demonstration of skills in analysis or synthesis.
An in-depth study of some aspect of the course content will also be required of each student. Assignments to satisfy this requirement are suggested below:
a. a conventional research paper of 8-10 pages.
b. three papers of about three pages each, some of which are research based, involving the student in different aspects of the course content .
c. two five-page interpretative papers based on intensive study and examination of primary sources, and perhaps incorporating secondary sources.
d. an annotated bibliography on outside readings equivalent to the preceding paper assignments
Course Content   
The instructor will select representative readings from the periods covered by the course:
The Middle Ages
The Sixteenth Century
The Early Seventeenth Century
The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century.

Or, the instructor may select representative readings from the genres covered by the course:


Assessment of Outcome Objectives   

Tests, Homework, and Classroom Performance 30-50%
Writing Assignments 30-50%

Final Examination 20-30%

This course will be assessed every five years in the most appropriate semester for the individual campus. Every student in English 2121H will be required to complete a prepared course assessment instrument that is part objective and part essay.
The objective Personal Response Assessment Questionnaire will be administered just prior to or at the time of the final exam for purposes of assessing effective learning.
Each student will be required to write at least one in-class literary analysis essay to be duplicated for purposes of assessment of cognitive learning.
During the assessment semester, The Personal Response Assessment Questionnaires for the academic year and duplicate copies of the essays will be read and evaluated by the English 2121 Committee and the Honors English Course Committee, and the results will be forwarded to the Humanities Division.
The results of the assessment instrument will be read by the Honors English Course Committee and the English 2121 Assessment Committee. The student responses to the objective portion will be tabulated. The essay responses from randomly selected students will be read and evaluated by the committees. The results will be analyzed by the members of the committees, and the results will be reported to the Humanities Division. The data collected will be used to discuss any implications for change in English 2121H. Any suggestions regarding change will be forwarded to the Humanities Division Chairs.
Last Revised: Aug. 08, 2011
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