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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "EN 245"
COURSE NAME: "Shakespeare "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Summer Session II 2020
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Stephanie Richards
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: Remote Learning
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: EN 110 with a grade of C or above
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is a general introduction to Shakespeare’s plays and an in-depth study of a selection of representative plays including  a comedy, a history, a tragedy, and a romance. Through the close reading of the plays selected for the course, students will learn how to analyze a theatrical text, will study the Elizabethan stage in its day, and consider Shakespeare’s cultural inheritance. This is a reading and writing intensive course. Students in 200-level literature classes are required to produce 4-5,000 words of critical writing.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
We will read four of Shakespeare’s plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (comedy), Henry IV, Part I (English History), Much Ado About Nothing (comedy), and Othello (tragedy).  We will read and respond to criticism of these plays, and look at how the Shakespearean text is brought to the screen, with viewings of filmmakers attempts to make the plays accessible to mass audiences.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
As a result of taking this course, students will become better able to read and analyze Shakespearean drama in its historical context and in more modern interpretations.  Students will come away with a more sophisticated and analytic sense of drama and poetry in general as well as how traditional texts are translated for modern audiences.
TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
response papers and quizzesEach play will be followed by a quiz or short response paper on general information taken from your reading and our class discussions of the texts35
participationStudents are required to participate in class through the use of forums. Participation requires having read the assigned materials and being prepared to discuss them in the forums. Your grade will be lowered if you do not participate in 3 forums 15
final paper3000 word analytical research paper — topics will be provided by the professor. If you wish to write on another topic, it must be approved by the professor. Students will submit a detailed outline before the final paper. Students are encouraged to meet with the professor and visit the writing center (virtually available). Essays should include research and conform to MLA standards. 30
Final ExamA written exam covering all the texts studied will be administered during the regular exam period.20

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Regular participation in forums is required for this online format. It is your "attendance."
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

Course Schedule:

Week 1: 

 A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Week  2: 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado about Nothing

Week 3:Much Ado about Nothing and Henry IV, Part 1

Week 4: Long Paper Outline Due

Henry IV, Part I

Week 5: Long Paper Due, Final Exam

Othello