EN 440 Shakespeare
FA 2012 HO
Okerstrom, Dennis R.
Professor of English
PhD, English and History
305 Copley Hall
MWF, 10 a.m. - 12 noon, or by appointment.
20 August--14 December 2012
3 -- 4:15 p.m.
The Necessary Shakespeare, by David Bevington. New York: Longman, 2004.
Additional Resources: Additional readings and films will be provided during the semester.
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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 RubricClass Assessment: Presentations, journal, research paper.
Each student will take part in two presentations to the class, the first on a topic of historical, cultural, or critical background to Shakespeare's works or their study. These must be completed in the first four weeks. The second presentation will be a discussion of the student's essay (see below).
Finally, an essay will be due near the end of the semester, in the 4000-word range. We'll discuss topics, standards, and procedures as the semester develops. If however you are especially interested in plays we are reading late in the course or that we are not considering, you might wish to read ahead. This is not a project that can be squeezed into a week or two at the end. English majors should plan on writing something from the field of criticism (see "Shakespeare Criticism" in Bevington's introduction). Non-majors might choose something that relates to their own field of study: history, political science, business, education, law, or the like. The possibilities are endless, and I will be glad to offer suggestions.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late submissions are a major pain for the professor and unfair to classmates. The obvious now having been stated, life often brings surprises with the sunrises. If you know beforehand that you must be absent on a day material is due, submit it ahead of time for full credit. If life surprises you, submit it late with an explanation and I will use common sense and judgement in determining whether full or partial credit will be given.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: We're all adults, so this section might be considered demeaning. Nonetheless, egregiously disruptive or rude behavior will result in your termination from the class. Your professor has a couple of pet peeves in addition to commonly accepted rubrics of exemplar behavior. Cell phones: unless you are on a death watch, turn off your phones. If you are on a death watch, alert the professor at the start of class, turn your cellular oral communications device to vibrate, then excuse yourself from the class to take the call. And I must confess that students who text in class are a pet peeve. Such activity says, without words, that whatever we are doing or saying in class is unimportant. So . . . do not text in class. And please--if you are absent, do not ask your professor when next you see him: "Did we do anything important in class last time?"
Weeks 2 & 3, -- Sonnets. Begin first presentations.
Week 4 -- A Midsummer Night's Dream
Week 5 -- Taming of the Shrew
Week 6 -- Much Ado about Nothing
Weeks 9 & 10 -- I and II King Henry IV
Week 11 -- King Henry V
Week 12 --Richard III
Week 13 -- The Tempest, or Julius Caesar
Weeks 14 & 15 -- Presentations
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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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95Okay, you know what it is. Don't do it. Failing the course is the consequence. If in doubt, ask me.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98The professor will give you, gratis, three absences. For each three absences thereafter, your final grade will be lowered by one letter.
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