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Justification. Identify the committee or group (e.g., Graduate faculty of the Department of English) that conducted the assessment of curriculum and student learning. Explain why the unit wishes to offer or revise the course. Include specific results from the unit assessment that led to the development or modification of the course. If applicable, cite any accrediting agency/ies and reference the specific standard/s.
The Department of English is undertaking a large-scale revision of its literature course offerings. Program assessment undertaken by the graduate faculty of the Department of English and advising data suggest that our literature curriculum has too many numbered courses and is confusing to students. It is also difficult to manage administratively.
English 6250, American Literature After 1865, is a special topics course on American Literature; it combines ENGL 6250: American Realism, 6260: 20th Century American Literature, and allows for 21st Century American Literature. Each time ENGL 6250 is offered it will have a specific focus on author, genre, period or cross-period studies (and so may be repeated for credit). Because the focus of ENGL 6250 can change depending on curricular needs and the instructor teaching the course, it will allow the Graduate Faculty to cover literary periods and genres regularly in our schedule while also encouraging faculty to focus courses in innovative ways that engage students. The English graduate faculty voted to approve this course revision on December 2, 2013.
Course description exactly as it should appear in the next catalog:
ENGL 6250 - American Literature After 1865
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 s.h. with change of topic. Advanced study of authors, periods, subjects, and genres within, as well as approaches to, American literature after 1865.
If this is a course revision, briefly describe the requested change:
Note: This is a sample syllabus for the course. Other versions of the course will have different readings and course content, but all iterations of the course share the same outcomes. a. Textbook(s) and/or readings: author(s), name, publication date, publisher, and city/state/country. Include ISBN (when applicable).
Course Description: 20th Century American writers and works associated with the newly acquired Stuart Wright Collection are featured in the course. The SWC at Joyner Library also contains a fair amount of unpublished material, so graduate students interested in publication and research may find opportunities there. The course is taught in seminar with plenty of time for reading, research, and reflection. Primary research opportunities will be pointed out.
Jarrell, Randall. Selected Poems. New York: FSG, 2007. ISBN 978-0374530884.
Porter, Katherine Anne. The Collected Stories. Florida: Harcourt, 1979. ISBN
Taylor, Peter. The Collected Stories. New York: FSG, 2009. ISBN 978-0374531843.
Tretheway, Natasha. Native Guard. Florida: Mariner, 2007. ISBN 978-0618872657.
Warren, Robert Penn. All the King’s Men. Florida: Harcourt, 1990. ISBN
Warren, Robert Penn. Poetry and Democracy. Cambridge: Harvard University Press,
1976. ISBN 978-0674196261.
Welty, Eudora. The Wide Net and Other Stories. Florida: Mariner, 1974. ISBN
b. Course objectives for the course (student – centered, behavioral focus)
If this is a 5000-level course that is populated by undergraduate and graduate students, there must be differentiation in the learning objectives expected.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
Analyze American Literature after 1865.
Formulate and express compelling discussion and research questions about American literature.
Recognize and assess the range of critical interpretations and theoretical approaches that can be applied to American literature.
Write a research prospectus and research paper that use and synthesize primary and secondary source materials and databases.
c. Course topic outline
The list of topics should reflect the stated objectives.
Course Project/ Topic Outline:
Read selections from the course texts and analyze in class discussion (objective one)
Write short essays in response to ideas and research presented in the seminars (objectives two and three)