Feb 20, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
    
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog

LIT2550 AMERICAN LITERATURE 1 COURSE PROCEDURE


LIT2550 - AMERICAN LITERATURE 1

3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level freshman or sophomore.

Catalog Description:

LIT2550 - American Literature 1 (3 hrs.)

[KRSN ENG2010]

This course is a survey of American literature from the colonial period to the Civil War era with an emphasis placed on criticism of the authors, the specific genres, and the literary periods.

The learning outcomes and competencies detailed in this course outline or syllabus meet or exceed the learning outcomes and competencies specified by the Kansas Core Outcomes Groups project for this course as approved by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Course Classification:

Lecture

Prerequisites:

ENG2211 Composition I or instructor approval.

Controlling Purpose:

This course is intended to familiarize students with American literary traditions from their precolonial beginnings to the Civil War era. Its specific intent is to provide students an understanding of various genres, styles, periods, and artists and an appreciation of literary experiences as it relates to real life. Also, this course is designed to aid students in discovering the significant role of diversity in American literary history in its broadest forms.

Learner Outcomes:

The student in this course will develop a complex understanding of American literary traditions from their precolonial beginnings to the Civil War era, including prominent authors, literary movements and styles.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period.  Instructors may add other material as time allows.

Unit 1:  The Periods of Initial Exploration, Early SEttlement, and Puritanism.

Outcomes: The student will be able to analyze purpose and techniques present in literary works of the time period.

  • Analyze and interpret literary works, drawing on relevant historical and cultural knowledge, including religious, political and/or sociological behavior as revealed in the literature of the Puritan period.
  • Apply modes of critical inquiry, terminology, textual evidence, concepts, and conventions specific to the discipline using journals, essays, sermons, tales, sketches, and/or narrative and lyrical poetry.
  • Evaluate and critically examine narratives of American literary history with attention to the role of diversity in its broadest forms.

Unit 2:  An Emergent National Literature of the 18th Century and the Early 1800s.

Outcomes:  The student will be able to explain the historical context of the literature and relate it to the current American voice.

  • Analyze and interpret literary works, drawing on relevant historical and cultural knowledge, including religious, political and/or sociological behavior as revealed in the literature of the revolutionary period.
  • Apply modes of critical inquiry, terminology, textual evidence, concepts, and conventions specific to the discipline using journals, essays, tales, sketches, short stories, and/or speeches.
  • Evaluate and critically examine narratives of American literary history with attention to the role of diversity in its broadest forms.

Unit 3:  The Romantic Period with an Emphasis on the Transcendentalists.

Outcomes:  The student will be able to apply modes of critical inquiry to better understand literary works.

  • Analyze and interpret literary works, drawing on relevant historical and cultural knowledge, including religious, political and/or sociological behavior as revealed in the literature of the romantic and emerging realistic periods.
  • Apply modes of critical inquiry, terminology, textual evidence, concepts, and convention specific in the discipline using tales, sketches, short stories, romances and/or narrative and lyrical poetry.
  • Evaluate and critically examine narratives of American literary history with attention to the role of diversity in its broadest forms.
  • Interpret structures and literary devices in order to analyze concepts present in literary works.
  • Practice foundational research strategies appropriate to the discipline and write focused, convincing analytical essays in clear, grammatical prose.

Projects Required:

As assigned by instructor

Textbook:

Contact the bookstore for current textbook.

Attendance Policy: 

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy

Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program:

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.