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Effective: Early Spring 8-Week 2017/2018

ENGL 351: Readings In Shakespeare

Course Description

Study of William Shakespeare's writing, emphasizing his plays in all genres. 

Prerequisite: ENGL 112 and a previous 200-level or higher English literature course

Proctored Exams: Final



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Evans, G.B., H. Levin., H. Baker, and A. Barton, eds. The Wadsworth Shakespeare. 2nd ed. Boston: Cengage, 1996.
    • ISBN-978-1-133-31627-5

Required Videos

Romeo and Juliet. Dir. Baz Luhrmann. Twentieth Century Fox. 1996.

Any video version of Hamlet. MBS will sell Hamlet. Dir. Kenneth Branagh. Castle Rock Entertainment. 1996.

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

In this course, we will survey a number of Shakespeare’s plays as well as generously sample his sonnets.  We will move from a close look at several comedies, through some of Shakespeare’s (English) histories, on to his Roman plays, and end with some work on his romances and tragedies.



Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze Shakespeare’s poetry and plays in three dramatic genres (comedy, tragedy, history).
  2. Describe the recurrent concerns appearing in Shakespeare’s work.
  3. Identify the historical and cultural contexts of Shakespeare’s life and writing.
  4. Describe ways in which critics have received and interpreted Shakespeare’s work.
  5. Write argumentatively about Shakespeare’s work.
  6. Demonstrate revision of argumentative writing about Shakespeare’s work.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions 300 30%
Essays 500 50%
Final Exam 200 20%
Total 1000 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Introduction 15 Sunday
Discussion 1: Much Ado about Nothing 15
Discussion 2: Merchant of Venice, Acts I-III 15
Discussion 3: Merchant of Venice, Acts IV-V 15
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4: As You Like It, Acts I-III 15 Sunday
Discussion 5: As You Like It, Acts IV-V 15
Discussion 6: Measure for Measure. Acts I-III 15
Discussion 7: Measure for Measure, Acts IV-V 15
Proctor Information N/A
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8: Richard II 15 Sunday
Discussion 9: The Sonnets 15
Discussion 10: Write your own sonnet 15
Essay 1: Subplots or Use of Gender 100 Saturday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11: Henry IV, Part I, Acts I-III 15 Sunday
Discussion 12: Henry IV, Part I, Acts IV-V 15
Research Paper: Comedy 200 Saturday
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13: Julius Caesar, Acts I-III 15 Sunday
Discussion 14: Julius Caesar, Acts IV-V 15
Discussion 15: Antony and Cleopatra 15
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 16: Romeo and Juliet 15 Sunday
Discussion 17: Macbeth 15
Essay 2: Falstaff or Brutus or Honor 100 Saturday
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 18: Hamlet 15 Sunday
Essay 3: Shakespeare Translated to Film 100 Saturday
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 19: The Tempest 15 Saturday
Final Exam 200
Total Points 1000

Assignment Overview

Discussions

Each week there will be several discussion topics. While you are expected to post in each topic, I do not expect anyone to answer all of the individual questions listed. These questions are intended to help guide the class to what is most important in the readings and to generate extensive discussion.

As in a classroom, dialogue with your classmates is an important way of learning. Listening to (reading) what others have to say is equally important. Ideally, this should go on all week, not just at the last minute on Sundays. This is not effective.

Your grade on the discussions will be based on both the quantity and the quality of your posts. Everyone is expected to post a minimum of two times in each topic, responding to one of the questions and replying to at least one classmate.


Essays

Three of the essays are on a fairly narrow topic that should help you understand more of Shakespeare’s art. Aim for 2-3 typed pages each (approx. 600-800 words), double-spaced, in a 12-point font. In addition, you will write one longer research paper on Shakespeare’s comedies, which should be at least 5 pages in length, followed by a list of works cited, following MLA style.

Essay 1: Subplots. Examine how subplots are used specifically in one or more of our first 4 texts. OR Use of gender. Examine how Shakespeare uses gender confusion as a comedy technique in the early plays, or, more broadly, how women and men’s roles are prescribed.

Essay 2: Falstaff or Brutus or honor. Examine in detail one of these key characters, or talk about how honor functions in the history or Roman plays

Essay 3: Shakespeare translated to film. Look at how Shakespeare has been adapted to film, including such issues as faithfulness to the text and setting, or various imaginative adaptations. Argue for what you feel best presents Shakespeare. You will find a list of recommended film adaptations in the course and information about where you can access them.

Research Paper: This essay should focus on an analysis of techniques and structure in Shakespeare’s comedies, based on the selection we will have read and watched. This might include such things as tricks, disguises, overall structure, endings, character types, or gender confusion. The essay should draw on outside research.


Final Exam

The final exam will consist of passages from the plays and poems for identification. For each passage, students should identify the play, the speaker, and briefly explain the dramatic context/significance of the passage. You will have 2 hours to complete the exam, which must be taken with a proctor. See the information below and in the course Content about locating a proctor.


Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Shakespeare’s Comedies
Readings
Introduction, watch Much Ado about Nothing if available (otherwise, do just read the text) and read Merchant of Venice
Introduction
Introduce yourself to me and to your classmates. Take time to add information about your hobbies, family, educational goals, favorite books, etc
Discussion 1: Much Ado about Nothing
Respond to the questions listed in the Content area for this topic and respond to your classmates.
Discussion 2: Merchant of Venice, Acts I-III
Respond to the questions in the Content area and read/respond to what your classmates post.
Discussion 3: Merchant of Venice, Acts IV-V
Respond to the questions in the Content area and read/respond to what your classmates post.Replace this text with your 'Section' text.
Week 2: More Comedies
Readings
As You Like It, Measure for Measure 
Discussion 4: As You Like It, Acts I-III
Respond to the questions in the Content area and read/respond to what your classmates post.
Discussion 5: As You Like It, Acts IV-V
Respond to the questions in the Content area and read/respond to what your classmates post.
Discussion 6: Measure for Measure. Acts I-III
Respond to the questions in the Content area and read/respond to what your classmates post.
Discussion 7: Measure for Measure, Acts IV-V
Respond to the questions in the Content area and read/respond to what your classmates post.
Proctor Information
Submit your proctor form to the appropriate Dropbox folder by the end of the week. Remember to “Save” the form before placing it in Dropbox. See the Content area for more information.
Week 3: Histories and Sonnets
Readings
Richard II, Sonnets 3, 18, 20, 29, 73, 130, and 144, and the text’s introduction to the sonnets
Discussion 8: Richard II
Respond to the questions in the Content area and read/respond to what your classmates post.
Discussion 9: The Sonnets
Respond to the questions in the Content area and read/respond to what your classmates post.
Discussion 10: Write your own sonnet
Write a sonnet and post it in the sonnet discussion topic. Perfection isn’t the point, but do make an attempt to do the rhyme pattern and perhaps the rhythm. Besides the joy of getting to write a sonnet, writing one yourself will give you a different insight into how this form works.
Essay 1: Subplots or Use of Gender
You will find more details about the topic and the expectations for this essay in the course Content area.
Week 4: More Histories
Readings

Henry IV, part I

Discussion 11: Henry IV, Part I, Acts I-III
Respond to the questions in the Content area and read/respond to what your classmates post.
Discussion 12: Henry IV, Part I, Acts IV-V
Respond to the questions in the Content area and read/respond to what your classmates post.
Research Paper: Comedy
You will find more details about the topic and the expectations for this essay in the course Content area.
Week 5: Roman Tragedies
Readings
Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra
Discussion 13: Julius Caesar, Acts I-III
Respond to the questions in the Content area and read/respond to what your classmates post.
Discussion 14: Julius Caesar, Acts IV-V
Respond to the questions in the Content area and read/respond to what your classmates post.
Discussion 15: Antony and Cleopatra
Respond to the questions in the Content area and read/respond to what your classmates post.
Week 6: The Great Tragedies
Readings

Read Macbeth

View: Romeo and Juliet. Dir. Baz Luhrmann. Twentieth Century Fox. 1996.

Discussion 16: Romeo and Juliet
Respond to the questions in the Content area and read/respond to what your classmates post.
Discussion 17: Macbeth
Respond to the questions in the Content area and read/respond to what your classmates post.
Essay 2: Falstaff or Brutus or Honor
You will find more details about the topic and the expectations for this essay in the course Content area.
Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: More Tragedies
Readings
View Hamlet. Dir. Kenneth Branagh.  Castle Rock Entertainment. 1996, or any other version of Hamlet you have available, and read the play, Hamlet.
Discussion 18: Hamlet
Respond to the questions in the Content area and read/respond to what your classmates post.
Essay 3: Shakespeare Translated to Film
You will find more details about the topic and the expectations for this essay in the course Content area.
Week 8: Shakespeare’s Farewell: The Tempest
Readings
The Tempest
Discussion 19: The Tempest
Respond to the questions in the Content area and read/respond to what your classmates post.
Final Exam
The final exam will consist of passages from the plays and poems for identification. For each passage, students should identify the play, the speaker, and briefly explain the dramatic context/significance of the passage. You will have 2 hours to complete the exam, which must be taken with a proctor. See the information below and in the course Content about locating a proctor.


Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

Late papers will be penalized 5% / day and may be refused entirely if more than one week overdue.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

Proctor Policy

Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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