English 24 D15D

Spring, 2004

Focus on Womenís Studies

11:30 AM -12:30 PM Mon, Tues, Thurs. M129

 

Dr. Loretta Kasper

Office: C-219

Phone: 368-5373

Email: eng24kcc@yahoo.com

 

Course Web Site: http://lfkkb.tripod.com/eng24/index.html

Required Texts: ALL STUDENTS MUST BUY THE REQUIRED BOOKS. YOU WILL NOT BE ADMITTED TO CLASS WITHOUT YOUR TEXTBOOKS.

††††††††††† The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

††††††††††† The Handmaidís Tale by Margaret Atwood

††††††††††† A History of Women in America by Carol Hymowitz and Michaele Weissman

††††††††††† Manís Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

††††††††††† In a Different Voice by Carol Gilligan

††††††††††† Selected texts on the ENG 24 web site or on reserve in the library.

 

Method of Evaluation:

 

††††††††††† Participation, including attendance and lateness: 20%

††††††††††† Midterm Exam: 20%

††††††††††† Final Exam: 20%

††††††††††† Writing from Research: 20%

††††††††††† Quizzes: 20%

Your final grade for the course will be based on your total average as follows:

††††††††††† A = 90-100 [Please note that to receive an A, you must have good attendance, class participation, and you must have completed and handed in each of your assignments ON TIME]

††††††††††††††††††††††† B = 80-89

††††††††††††††††††††††† C =70-79

††††††††††††††††††††††† D = 60-69

††††††††††††††††††††††† F = 59 or below

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AS ADULT COLLEGE STUDENTS TO ATTEND CLASS EVERYDAY, TO BE ON TIME EVERYDAY AND TO KNOW YOUR STATUS IN THE CLASS.

IF YOU DO NOT, YOU WILL FAIL THE COURSE.

 

Attendance Policy:

 

Regular attendance and participation are required. You are expected to be in class ON TIME every day. Class begins promptly at 11:20 AM.

 

††††††††††† You are allowed NO MORE than 6 absences in this course. If you are late 3 times, it will count as ONE absence. If you exceed 6 absences, your course grade will be lowered ONE FULL LETTER GRADE. This means that if you were running a B, you can get no higher than a C. If you were running a B+, you can get no higher than a C+.

Due Dates:

 

††††††††††† Assignments must be handed in on the day they are due.

 

NO EXCEPTIONS! NO EXCUSES!

 

PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT ALL ASSIGNMENTS MUST BE TYPED.

HANDWRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

 

Absence is NOT an excuse for being late with an assignment. If you are absent on the day an assignment is due, you MUST email the assignment to me so that it is in my emailbox BEFORE our class meets that day. The first 2 late assignments will be penalized ONE FULL LETTER GRADE. If you are late with more than 2 assignments, you will get an F on all subsequent late assignments.

Course Activities:

English 24 teaches you the research process.In this course you will learn how to find research sources, both print and electronic, critically analyze those sources, and write up the results of your research in a formal report. You will explore themes and issues that derive from the course readings.

This section of ENG 24 focuses on womenís studies.

 

Readings: You will be reading 2 novels that deal with womenís issues and a core background text. The first novel, The Bluest Eye, which was published in 1970, tells the story of a young African-American girlís struggle to fit into an American society that prizes an Arian ideal of beauty.The second novel, The Handmaidís Tale, which was written in the mid-1980ís, depicts a future society where women have few rights. The core background texts, A History of Women in America, Manís Search for Meaning, and In a Different Voice, will provide you with important background information, as well as resources you will use for your writing and research. I have also put several required readings on reserve in the library and on our web site. You will be required to print out copies of the readings on the web site. You are encouraged to make Xeroxed copies of the readings in the library. Please note that each of these readings is REQUIRED.

 

You will be given written quizzes on topics from each of the assigned readings approximately every other week. If you are absent without a doctorís note on the day of a quiz, you will receive a ZERO for that quiz.

Research: We will explore how to find sources in the library and on the Internet.In class you will learn how to search for informational sources on the Internet and how to evaluate the validity and reliability of those sources.

You should be prepared to spend a minimum of 4 hours per week doing research on the Internet. There will be weekly Internet assignments, which you will be required to complete and email to me. During the semester, please check your email EVERY DAY since I will be sending you messages with course information on a regular basis.

Research Writing: You will be required to produce one or more substantial writing projects based on your research. These projects must be typed, double-spaced, using 12 point font with 1Ē margins all around. The project should be divided into an Introduction, various subheaded Body Sections, a Conclusion, and must have a Works Cited list that conforms to MLA citation format.

Topic: You will choose one or more key figures in the area of womenís studies. These figures should be people mentioned in one or more of the assigned readings. In your written assignments, you will research and analyze the role of these figures in the historical, cultural or social issues surrounding womenís rights. Before you make your final choices you should do some preliminary research in the library and on the Internet.