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Cross-listed Course
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Beyond Britain: Literature from Colonies of the British Empire
Beyond Britain
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
English (16ENG)
Term Offering
Fall and Spring
Offered Every Year
Spring 2017
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

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

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Dr. John Morillo
Associate Professor of English

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture3030NoN/A
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
None
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16ENGBA-16LLTEnglish BAElective
16ENGLBA-16ENGLCRW English BA- Creative WritingElective
16ENGLBA-16ENGLFLMEnglish BA- FilmElective
16ENGLBA-16ENGLLWREnglish BA - Language, Writing , and Rhetoric Elective
16ENGLBA-16ENGLTEDEnglish BA-Teacher EducationElective
16ENGLBA-16ENGLMEnglish BA- MinorElective
This course challenges students to understand the historical, political, and cultural circumstances that gave rise to literary production in 18th- and 19th-century colonial societies. The course will enable students to understand the value of reading 18th- and 19th-century literature from a global perspective, a critical component of literary studies in today's twenty-first-century world.

The college of Humanities and Social Sciences is in great need of more courses fulfilling the global knowledge GEP. The English department's strategic plan focuses directly on enhancing and expanding instruction in the globalization of literature as one of its two goals. Recent hires work directly with early modern literature in a global context.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Global Knowledge
Humanities
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:
 
 
Explain the differences and similarities in colonial people’s varying experience of colonial life and its challenges through the interpretation of literature by writers from Britain’s global colonies.
 
 
Essay
Sample Measure: Choose one Irish and one Australian literary text that epitomizes some distinctive features of being a British subject in each of those colonies and will explain what those features are and why they matter.
 
 
Compare and evaluate multiple interpretations of the same colonial literary texts by different contemporary and modern literary and cultural critics.
 
 
Essay
Sample measure: Students will choose either Barua's essay on Derozio, Cousin's essay on Field, or another scholarly essay of their choice about one of the primary colonial texts, and will compare those interpretations of particular complete texts with the larger theory of colonial texts presented in The Empire Writes Back. They will do so in order to decide which interpretations best explain how the literary writer imagines the British empire.
 
 
Write arguments which analyze critically the representation of colonial experiences through particular literary modes and genres, especially fiction and poetry.
 
 
Hourly exam
Sample exam question: is the origin of Australia as a penal colony directly or indirectly visible in its literature? Cite specific examples to support your answer.
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:
 
 
Explain how the experience of being colonized is reflected in the culture and literature of the colonial state.
 
 
Midterm exam
Sample exam question: In The Drapier’s Letters, explain how Swift indicates that we cannot understand the Irish condition in the 18th-century without taking into account its economic dependence on England.
 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 
Explain the differences and similarities in colonial people’s varying experience of colonial life and its challenges through the interpretation of literature by writers from Britain’s global colonies.
 
 
Essay
Sample prompt: choose one Irish and one Australian literary text that epitomizes some distinctive features of being a British subject in each of those colonies and explain what those features are and why they matter.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

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
100%
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
not restricted
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
N/A
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
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)
 
None
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.
 
See attached syllabus
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
See attached syllabus
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
None
Will be taught by English faculty as part of their regular course load. No other special resources required. Drs. John Morillo, Sharon Joffe, James Mulholland, and Antony Harrison are some of the current faculty qualified to teach the course.

To teach students to better understand the historical British Empire through the literature of its colonies.


To improve student writing and argument.


To encourage humanistic enquiry.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

1. explain the differences and similarities in colonial people’s varying experience of colonial life and its challenges through the interpretation of literature by writers from Britain’s global colonies during the height of its empire;

2. demonstrate the ability to write arguments which analyze critically the representation of colonial experiences through particular literary modes and genres, especially fiction and poetry;

3. compare and evaluate multiple interpretations of the same colonial literary texts by different contemporary and modern literary and cultural critics.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Short Paper25%First paper 4-6 pages, 10%; second paper 6-8 pages 15%
Midterm20%short answer and essay
Final Exam25%comprehensive
Quizzes10%periodic reading checks
Participation10%You are expected to come to class with the texts for the day in hand in order to avoid losing points on your participation grade. Participation includes your coming to class prepared, having done the readings and being able to talk about them intelligently. You must complete all the required work to pass the class.
Attendance10%see policy
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
see syllabus

wjmille3 (Wed, 23 Mar 2016 18:06:43 GMT): The course also needs the following SIS codes as well: 16ENGLBA English BA 16ENGLBA-16ENGLCRW English BA- Creative Writing 16ENGLBA-16ENGLFLM English BA- Film 16ENGLBA-16ENGLLWR English BA - Language, Writing , and Rhetoric 16ENGLBA-16ENGLTED English BA-Teacher Education 16ENGLBA-16ENGLM English BA- Minor
aeherget (Tue, 22 Nov 2016 21:55:00 GMT): AECHH: Uploading syllabus at instructor's request via email 11/21/2016.
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