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EN 440 Shakespeare
Atkinson, Stephen


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Course

EN 440 Shakespeare

Semester

FA 2009 HOZ

Faculty

Atkinson, Stephen

Title

Associate Professor of English

Degrees/Certificates

B.A., English, Wesleyan University; PhD, English Literature and Language, Indiana University

Office Location

306 Copley Hall

Office Hours

TR 10:00-12:00, 2:30-4:30; MWF by appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 584-6334

E-Mail

Stephen.Atkinson@mail.park.edu

Class Days

MW

Class Time

1:30-2:45

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

David Bevington, ed., The Necessary Shakespeare.  New York: Longman.
Russ McDonald, ed., The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare.  Boston: Bedford St. Martin's.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Additional readings and films will be provided during the semester.

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Course Description:
EN440 Shakespeare: A survey of major comedies, histories, tragedies, and non-dramatic poetry. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss a representative sample of Shakespeare's work
  2. Analyze commonalities, differences, and trends across Shakespeare's career
  3. Examine the cultural and political background for Shakespeare's plays and the Elizabethan theater
  4. Construct a detailed interpretation of a single play or of a distinct issue in Shakespeare's work.


Core Assessment:

All Park University courses will include a Core Assessment with rubric. This will include ¾ of the Core Learning Outcomes listed above. The Core Assessment in this course will be a major critical paper of no fewer than 5 pages, which will include research and MLA documentation. The project will be completed in the final quarter of the term.


 The rubric for this assignment is published so the student can see the expectations.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

A reading journal, recording responses to the semester's reading assignments and other related work, will be kept throughout the semester. Four hundred words per week, on average, earns an A, 300 a B, 200 a C. From here, you do the math.
 
An essay will be due near the end of the semester, in the 3000-word range. We'll discuss topics, standards and procedures as the semester develops. If,  however, you are expecially interested in plays we are reading late in the course, you might wish to read ahead. This is not a project that can be sqeezed into a week or two at the end. English majors should plan on writing from an identifiable critical approach (see "Shakespeare Criticism" in Bevington's introduction).

Grading:

Regular preparation for and attendance at scheduled meetings, the reading journal, and the final paper will each count for one third of the grade.  The paper, however, is first among equals.  The course grade cannot be more than one grade higher than the paper grade.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

We will probably read the plays in this order (your first chance to get used to the standard abbreviations):
 
The plays of 1595 -- MND, RJ, R2
 
The "second tetralogy" -- (R2), 1H4, 2H4, H5
 
One "middle comedy" -- MV
 
The "great tragedies" -- Oth, Ham, KL, Mac
 
One "romance" -- T

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Reflects a clear individual approach to the project, including responses to particular texts. Reflects limited individuality, little sense of the particular texts. Lacks any sense of individuality, with almost no sense of particular texts. Does not turn in paper or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Incorporates smoothly all elements of the discussion. Incorporates elements but relationships are unclear or transitions are abrupt. Elements are separate and unconnected. Does not turn in paper or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Addresses scholarly issues of cultural/historical background, biography, and literary criticism. Addresses some scholarly issues from the three categories. Addresses few or no scholarly issues. Does not turn in paper or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Applies individual approach, with skillful attention to technical aspects of scholarly writing. Applies limited individuality, little sense of texts, cultural/historical background, biography, and literary criticism. Lacks any sense of individuality, almost no grasp of texts, cultural/historical background, biography, and literary criticism. Does not turn in paper or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Gracefully communicates central idea with strong sense of purpose and supporting detail. Communicates central idea with enough sense of purpose and supporting detail to convince reader. Lacks a strong central idea, instead strings together many ideas without convincing supporting detail. Does not turn in paper or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Incorporates research and individual voice skillfully with attention to all aspects of texts and supporting detail. Uses some research, though with little evidence of individuality. Does not provide convincing evidence and does not write with a convincing personal voice. Does not turn in paper or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Disciplinary Literacy: Contextualizes literary work.                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Skillfully examines cultural and political backgrounds of Shakespeare's work in ways that promote new knowledge. Includes some commentary on cultural and political backgrounds, but lacks sense of closure to discussion. Lacks a grasp of cultural and political backgrounds. Does not turn in paper or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 
Second Literacy:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Skillfully applies appropriate historical or theoretical framework. Skillfully applies appropriate historical or theoretical framework. Lacks detailed framework. Does not turn in paper or does not respond appropriately to assignment. 

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