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ENGL 2131

This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at http://www.gpc.edu/programs/Common-Course-Outlines.
Credit Hours 3
Course Title American Literature I
Prerequisite(s) ENGL 1102 or ENGL 1102H with a "C" or better
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
A survey of American literature from the pre colonial age to the mid-nineteenth century

Expected Educational Results
Students should
A.     become familiar with American literature from its beginning, with its diversion from European literature, and with its emergence as a distinct and vibrant, national cultural force.
B.     learn about the various genres that have evolved in American literature, particularly the short story and the novel as distinctive American forms of literature.

C.     acquire background knowledge regarding the contributions of Native-American, African-American and other culturally diverse groups of writers to the national life and culture.

D.     analyze a literary aspect of one or more works of literature in a written research project of six to eight pages. This project can take the form of a single essay or a combination of several shorter essays, substituting an annotated bibliography, interpretative paper on a primary source, or a creative research project for one of the essays. Research assignments must include a minimum of five sources.

E.     learn a literary vocabulary sufficient to enhance their enjoyment of literature.

General Education Outcomes
None Specified

Course Content
English 2131, the first half of the American literature survey course, covers the development of the American literary tradition from its early beginnings to the late nineteenth century. The instructor may use a literary-historical, thematic, or genre approach to introduce students to the contributions of culturally diverse groups that have shaped American literature during this period. Students will examine the impact of religious, philosophical, and political ideas as well as social and historical influences on the emergence of a national literature.
Suggested chronology for covering course content:

pre-1700's        4 weeks
1700 - 1800     5 weeks

1800 - 1865     6 weeks

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
A.     COURSE  GRADE
Tests and a final examination prepared by individual instructors will be used to determine the course grade. Each test and the final will require, but not be limited to, essay responses to questions designed for the demonstration of skills in analysis and synthesis.
A critical analysis paper(s) or creative project, following the specifications stated in part D of Educational Results, of one or more aspects of a representative work or works of literature will be required of each student to develop skills in research, analysis, and synthesis.
The course grade will be computed as follows:

Tests and classroom performance 1/2
Writing Assignments 1/4
Final Examination 1/4
B.    DEPARTMENTAL ASSESSMENT:
This course will be assessed one semester out of every three years. During the assessment semester, each student in every section of English 2131 will be required to complete a Personal Response Assessment questionnaire just prior to or at the time of the final examination for purposes of assessing affective learning. In addition, during assessment semester each student in every English 2131 class 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 period, the Personal Response Assessment Questionnaires and duplicate copies of essays will be collected by an assessment committee to be appointed by the Humanities Division Chair.

A committee composed of instructors familiar with the course but not involved in teaching the course during the term in which assessment is conducted will be appointed by the Humanities Division Chair to collect Personal Response Assessments and essays from each class. The committee will evaluate the results, determine implications for recommendations to the Division Chair for follow-up and implementation of any changes.

Date: April 2002

Last Revised: Aug. 08, 2011
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