Viewing: ENG 669 : Literature, Methods, and the Profession

Last approved: Fri, 05 Oct 2018 08:00:35 GMT

Last edit: Tue, 04 Sep 2018 15:56:27 GMT

Changes proposed by: penrose
Catalog Pages referencing this course
Change Type
Major
ENG (English)
669
008951
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Literature, Methods, and the Profession
Literature, Method, Profession
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
English (16ENG)
23.0101
English Language and Literature, General.
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Credit (S/U)/Audit
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)


If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
9
James Mulholland
Associate Professor
Graduate Faculty

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture2020NoEnrolls all new students in the Literature Concentration of the MA ENG
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote


Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16ENGLITMAMA English--Literature ConcentrationRequired
This course initiates students into ways of thinking and practicing in English literary studies. We will explore critical traditions, research methods, and emerging approaches, including literary criticism and theory, globalization, transnationalism, and postcolonialism in literature, together with introductions to cultural studies, rhetoric, composition, film studies, and media studies as they influenced literary criticism and theories. The course also prepares students to begin formulating their own academic and professional pathways with attention to practical considerations of how to become a professional in graduate school. You will become familiar with faculty from the department, develop research plans, and discover resources to start trajectories that include careers in writing, media, and teaching.

This course was originally required as a general introduction to English Studies for students in all four concentrations of the MA-English degree: Literature, Linguistics, Rhetoric & Composition, Film Studies.


However, as these sub-plans have developed, the department has begun offering more discipline-specific methods training in each of these content areas, which have supplanted the role of this course in the Linguistics, Rhet/Comp, and Film curricula. ENG 669 is being redesigned to provide a more specific introduction to methods of literary study and the profession that students in the Literature Concentration are entering.


Title, credit hours, and course description have been revised to reflect this new focus.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
GEP Categories

Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
&
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 

 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 

 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 

 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 

Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 

 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 

 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 

No new resources are required. The course will continue to be taught by current faculty in literature.

This course has multiple objectives, including:

--Introduce you to significant critical traditions of English studies;

--Assess recent critical developments in English studies;

--Consider conceptual questions about researching and writing in graduate school;

--Identify a unique contribution to your scholarly field of interest. 


Student Learning Outcomes

To “Introduce you to significant critical traditions of English studies,” by the end of this course, you will:


--Differentiate the fields of English Studies;

--Define some of the field’s central terms, including race, gender, sexuality, postcolonialism, digital humanities;

--Interpret, critique, and communicate each field’s contribution to English studies.


To “assess recent critical developments in English studies,” by the end of this course you will: 


--Summarize and critique central scholarly articles from English Studies’ subdisciplines; 

--Debate with NCSU faculty about the trajectory of English Studies.


To “consider conceptual questions about researching and writing in graduate school,” by the end of this course you will: 


--Develop practical skills for research and writing (e.g., define a research question, identify and access prior scholarship to situate the question, identify and apply an interpretive frame to investigate the question); 

--Analyze archival data pertinent to your professional profile; 

--Identify potential funding sources for your areas of research interest; 

--Find and assess conference, journal, and essay collection “call for papers”;

--Examine and evaluate social media as a component of professional reputations.


To “identify a unique contribution to your scholarly field of interest,” by the end of this course you will:  


--Describe your position as scholar and learner within the NCSU organization;

--Describe your position as a member of the wider profession; 

--Develop a professional profile, on paper and/or in social media;

--Distinguish your unique contribution to English studies from preceding traditions. 


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Written Assignment20Two writing assignments in addition to the forum postings--the composition of a conference proposal and the creation of a CV. Details on the syllabus.
Attendance20 Regular attendance. Deductions for missing class are outlined on the syllabus.
Forum_post60 / 6pts each10 discussion responses, to be posted in the Moodle forum. Details on the syllabus.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
See syllabusSee syllabus
cohen (7/08/2018 and 7/09/2018):
1. I have revised slightly the description of the written assignment component of the evaluation scheme. Please make sure that you are OK with my change.
2. The learning outcomes seem to be a mixture of instructions for completing the relevant assignments and course learning outcomes. For example:
(i) under Develop a professional profile, on paper and/or in social media (if you desire),
"meet with NCSU faculty" seems to be a strategy for starting the assignment
whereas
(ii) "assess the relative importance of ideas within a scholarly debate" (under Develop practical skills
about research and writing) is a good learning outcome.
I would suggest streamlining the student learning outcomes sections in CIM and on the syllabus to include only the student learning outcomes. (See https://grad.ncsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/learning-outcomes-guidelines.pdf for some great tips on writing learning outcomes.)
3. For each of the broad objectives for the course, it would be good to have at least one learning outcome that addresses that objective. It seemed to me that some of the objectives did not have a relevant outcome, but I could, of course, be mistaken.

mlnosbis 7/25/2018:
1) I agree with the above. Learning Outcomes Guidelines is attached under Additional Documentation.
2) Syllabus needs to include the PRR related to attendance. See Graduate Course Syllabus Checklist attached under Additional Documentation, #12.

ABGS Reviewer Comments 9/4/2018:
-No concerns
penrose (Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:11:24 GMT): Approved by English Graduate Studies Committee, 2-6-18.
penrose (Wed, 22 Aug 2018 17:01:58 GMT): Instructor has revised learning objectives and attendance policy. New syllabus uploaded. CIM adjusted to match new syllabus.
Key: 2462
Preview Bridge