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Wright CollegeOne of the City Colleges of ChicagoSyllabus for Literature 211: ShakespeareSpring 2013Course Title and Section:Literature 211 B9 (Catalog #: 65115)Length of CourseOne semesterCredit Hours:ThreeContact Hours:ThreeClass Meeting Times:8-9:20am, Tuesday and ThursdayBuilding/RoomA304Instructor:PetersenEmail Address:[email protected]Phone:773-481-8583Office:L346Office Hours:Monday and Wednesday: 8:00-9:20apm, in L346Tuesday and Thursday: 7-7:50 am and 11:00-11:15amand by appointmentCourse Website:ccc.blackboard.comCourse Description:Critical reading and discussion of representative Shakespearean comedies, histories, tragedies, romances, and sonnets. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. 3 credit hours—3 contact hours.This is a Great Books course—for more information on the Great Books Curriculum and the Great Books Student Society, see: Prerequisites: Placement test, or credit or concurrent enrollment in English 101, or consent of the department chairperson. Students should also exhibit the following:1.The ability to frame & support a thesis in clearly written and logically organized essay.2.The ability to employ rhetorical techniques (e.g. definition, comparison/contrast, description, classification, cause/effect) in writing.3.The ability to compose an essay without major or frequent errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling.4.The ability to read critically and to interpret sources.5.The ability to critically read research and to integrate research into compositions (using quotation and paraphrase) through proper citation.Textbooks:1.The Essential Shakespeare. Ed. Stephen Greenblatt, et al. New York: Norton, 2009.2.McDonald, Russ. The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare. New York: Bedford/St. Martins, 2001.Students Course Is Expected to Serve: Students who have successfully completed or qualify for English 101. Literature 211 provides humanities elective credit in transfer programs leading to the associate in arts and associates in science degrees. Students not in transfer programs may select the course for enrichment.
Course Objectives: Students will read a variety of Shakespeare’s plays and poems, in addition to Shakespearean criticism and contextual material.Measurable Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to:1.Use critical reading and critical thinking skills to understand and enjoy the poetry and prose of Shakespeare and the Early Modern period covered in this course.2.Read Shakespeare’s plays and poems with understanding and enjoyment.3.Recognize the major differences between the language of Shakespeare and our own, including differences in grammar, vocabulary, and idiom.