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English: British Literature I

ENGS 021 OL1 (CRN: 60424)

3 Credit Hours

About ENGS 021 OL1

Survey of British literary history from the beginnings to the late 18th century.


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Dates: May 23 - June 17, 2016

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Section Description

This course surveys British literature from the 8th through the 18th century. We will examine a variety of works and consider how literature reflects the social and cultural attitudes within which it was written while simultaneously contributing to the construction of the period’s ‘history’ as we understand it. While the course focuses on surviving literary traces of British society, we will move more fully toward an awareness of a complex, indistinct past by looking at historical objects, art, and architecture; by viewing select videos; and by listening to readings, music, and songs.

Section Expectation

Using Blackboard, this completely online course gives you the flexibility of completing the class requirements while also living your life. This course is asynchronous, which means we never meet at specific times; as long as you meet the due dates as stated in the Course Schedule, you are free to do your coursework at any time of the day or night. Please note, however, that you are expected to log into the Blackboard site and complete assignments every day, M-F, just as if you were attending a face-to-face class. This is not a ‘work-at-your-own-pace’ course! As an online course, your attendance/participation predominantly takes the form of responses using the Blog, Wiki, Journal and/or Discussion Board tools within Blackboard. Since academic thinking is rooted in questioning, exploring, and imagining, these written responses enable you to interact with the course material while also expressing your individuality as a reader. Additionally, they allow for ALL voices to be heard; there is no back of the room in an online course! So expect that a typical class day's assignments will include readings; viewing video, images, or a web site; and a written response. On my end, I log onto Blackboard each morning, read the previous day’s written responses, compose a new writing prompt summing up and/or moving the discussion forward, and place an announcement on the Home page reminding you of your assignment(s) for that particular day. Rather than having a schedule based on week one, week two etc, this course uses Modules or units based around a specific time period. Instead of a mid-term and cumulative final exam, you will take a quiz on the material covered within each Module. At the end of the course, you will also submit a final written assignment.




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