Standard Syllabus Format

English 200 is a general education course that may be taken as part of York College's Flexible Core: - World Cultures & Global Issues. The course is offered in multiple sections taught by many instructors. Instructors need to include the following items on their syllabi to ensure consistency. At the end of these guidelines instructors will find a useful sample syllabus.

Course Description

Please reproduce the course description exactly as written in the Bulletin:

English 200: Understanding Literature 3 hrs. 3 cts.

ENG200: Understanding Literature (3 hrs. 3 cr.).  This is a liberal arts course that may be taken as part of York College’s Flexible Core: - World Cultures & Global Issues.  Prerequisite: ENG 125.

Course Section

Designate a specific section such as MN3, PQ2.

Time and Place of Course Meetings

Provide room numbers, days, and times courses meet.

Contact Information

Provide office location, phone number, email address, and office hours.

Required Texts

List book titles, and indicate where students can purchase, borrow, copy, and/or download. To emphasize the importance of modeling proper citation, please adhere to MLA format when listing required texts on your syllabus.

The current required text for English 200 is is one of the following:

Davis, Paul, et. al. eds. The Bedford Anthology of World Literature: The Twentieth Century, 1900-The Present. Book 6. New            York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2003.

OR

Davis, Paul, et. al. eds. The Bedford Anthology of World Literature: The Nineteenth Century, 1800-1900. Book 5. New            York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2003.

Bases of Final Grade

Provide breakdown of specific assignments by percentages. i.e. Paper 1: 15%.  *Note: Formal writing assignments (not including low stakes or daily writing) should count toward at least 60% of the final grade.

Attendance Policy

The Department of English has adopted a common attendance policy for multiple section courses (English 125, 126 and English 200, and Writing 300).  Your syllabus should include the following statement:

Success in this class depends on regular and punctual attendance. The English Department's policy for multiple section courses such as this one is:

Then include the applicable policy based on the number of days per week your class meets:

For classes that meet twice a week use this wording:

  • Students in classes that meet twice a week may miss no more than five (5) sessions.
  • Six (6) absences are grounds for failure.
  • Missing 15 minutes of class—arriving late, departing early, or leaving during class-- counts as half an absence.

For classes that meet once a week use this wording:

  • Students in classes that meet once a week may miss no more than two (2) sessions.
  • Three (3) absences are grounds for failure.
  • Missing 15 minutes of class—arriving late, departing early, or leaving during class-- counts as half an absence.

Plagiarism Statement

Provide definition of and policy regarding plagiarism: i.e. Deliberately submitting someone else's work as your own is a serious offense that will result in an F for the course. For more information about plagiarism, see The York College Bulletin 2011-2012, “Definitions and Examples of Academic Dishonesty” (41), and Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab resource, “Avoiding Plagiarism.”

Learning Objectives (please list ALL of the objectives as they appear below)

Over the course of the semester, through discussions, presentations, and writing assignments, students will:

  • Gather, interpret, and assess information from a variety of sources and points of view

  • Evaluate evidence and arguments critically and analytically

  • Produce well-reasoned written and oral arguments using evidence to support conclusions.

  • Identify the fundamental concepts and methods of literary study and apply them to exploring world cultures and global issues

  • Analyze the historical development of one or more non-U.S. societies

  • Analyze the significance of one or more major movements that have shaped the world's societies

  • Analyze and discuss the role that race, ethnicity, class, gender, language, sexual orientation, belief, or other forms of social differentiation play in world cultures and societies

    Course Outline of Assignments and Activities

    Provide a detailed week-by-week outline of assignments and activities.

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    Sample Syllabus

    UNDERSTANDING LITERATURE

    Fall 2013 Professor Kelly Josephs

    English 200, Section PQ-Hybrid kjosephs@york.cuny.edu

    Tuesdays 2pm - 3:50pm; online Office: AC 2A02; 718-262-2469

    AC 2A05; Blackboard Office Hours: Tues 12:30p-1:30p

    Note: This is a hybrid section of English 200. This means that a portion of our work is conducted online. We generally meet face-to-face (F2F) once a week as a class and communicate often via the course Blackboard site. Please pay close attention to your schedule to stay on track. See page 3 of the electronic version of this syllabus for information about the web content of this course***

    ABOUT THE COURSE

    Course Description: ENG200: Understanding Literature (3 hrs. 3 cr.). For non-Pathways students: This is a liberal arts course that fulfills York College’s General Education requirement in literature. For Pathways students: This is a liberal arts course that fulfills York College’s General Education requirement in the World Cultures and Global Issues component of the flexible core. Prerequisite: ENG 125.

    Course Objectives: Over the course of the semester, through discussions, presentations, and writing assignments, students will:

    • Gather, interpret, and assess information from a variety of sources and points of view

    • Evaluate evidence and arguments critically and analytically

    • Produce well-reasoned written and oral arguments using evidence to support conclusions.

    • Identify the fundamental concepts and methods of literary study and apply them to exploring world cultures and global issues

    • Analyze the historical development of one or more non-U.S. societies

    • Analyze the significance of one or more major movements that have shaped the world's societies

    • Analyze and discuss the role that race, ethnicity, class, gender, language, sexual orientation, belief, or other forms of social differentiation play in world cultures and societies

    ABOUT THIS SECTION OF ENG 200

    Required Texts:

    Davis, Paul, et. al. eds. The Bedford Anthology of World Literature: The Twentieth Century, 1900-The Present. Book 6. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2003.

    Grading Policy:

    Response papers 20%

    Discussion Board 30%

    Midterm and Final 20%

    Extended Papers 20%

    In-class Participation 10%

    Attendance policy: This course is governed by the English Department’s attendance policy, stated below. Additionally, your in-class participation grade is in part dependent on attendance. See the Grading Rubric posted on Blackboard for more information on in-class participation grade.

    English Department Attendance Policy for classes that meet once a week:

    • Students in classes that meet once a week may miss no more than two (2) sessions.
    • Three (3) absences are grounds for failure.
    • Missing 15 minutes of class—arriving late, departing early, or leaving during class—counts as half an absence.

    Reading Assignments: You are required to complete all reading assignments and to discuss them in class and via your group discussion board according to given prompts. Readings may be altered.

    Writing Assignments: All assignments are to be submitted via Blackboard by midnight of the given due date. I will not accept late assignments. Details for each assignment are included below and in separate (more detailed) documents on Blackboard. All papers should be double-spaced and use a readable 12pt font.

    Plagiarism: Students are required to review and abide by the College’s policy on plagiarism (see York College Bulletin). Plagiarism consists of utilizing someone else’s words or ideas in work you submit as your own without giving the original author(s) credit. You alone are responsible for the originality and integrity of your work, therefore, if you are unsure about the meaning of plagiarism, please contact me for further explanation. Plagiarism for any of your assignments will result in a failing grade for the course.

    Assignments

    • Response Papers (500-600 words) – 4 total. I will assign questions a week ahead of each due date. Please view the document titled “Response Guidelines” for more details on the requirements for these papers. Response papers are due on Monday nights, by midnight, and are to be turned in electronically via Blackboard.
    • Discussion Board (200 - 350 words) – 11 weeks total. These are comments you make via the discussion board in your assigned groups. There are two components to the Discussion Board assignment: Posts – approximately 100-150 words in response to the assigned questions, due Monday nights by midnight; Comments – approximately 50-100 words each in response to two of your classmates’ Discussion Board posts, due Wednesday nights by midnight. Please view the document with more details and instructions on Blackboard (“Guidelines for Discussions”).
    • Extended Papers (1000-1200 words) – 2 total. These papers are extended writings based on one of your response papers and in response to given prompts. Please view the document with more details on the requirements for these papers.
    • Midterm and Final – both in class, open book and open notes.

    Email Policy: I will respond to any email within 48 hours during the week, longer on weekends. Please do not email me on the day an assignment is due with questions about said assignment. Before emailing, please ensure that the answer to your question is not already covered in your syllabus or assignment handout. Before pressing “send,” please proofread your message. I do not accept assignments via email. You must use the assignments upload option on Blackboard. Please see the document with instructions on Blackboard (“Uploading Assignments”) if you have never used this option. Please see additional communication details and requirements in “About Web Component.”

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