ENGL 2072 - American Literature

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

America tells fascinating stories about itself as a nation, and these stories have a global impact. This course examines some of those stories in the context of their social, cultural and political circumstances, and considers the ethical issues that arise from them. Between the 1800s and the present day, America has experienced the aftermath of colonization, slavery and emancipation, five major wars, a massive failure of Capitalism, an era of paranoia and witch hunts, 9/11 and Donald Trump. All of this has produced some remarkable works of literature and popular culture. Texts on the course may include novels, short stories, poetry, graphic novels, films and television episodes, as well as examples of political rhetoric. Students will be encouraged to challenge, critique and interrogate accepted narratives, and to think about America's discourse of nation from an Australian perspective. This course was created in collaboration with students, and elements of course content will be open to student input.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENGL 2072
    Course American Literature
    Coordinating Unit English and Creative Writing
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study, with a minimum of 3 units in English or Creative Writing
    Assumed Knowledge ENGL 1101
    Course Description America tells fascinating stories about itself as a nation, and these stories have a global impact. This course examines some of those stories in the context of their social, cultural and political circumstances, and considers the ethical issues that arise from them. Between the 1800s and the present day, America has experienced the aftermath of colonization, slavery and emancipation, five major wars, a massive failure of Capitalism, an era of paranoia and witch hunts, 9/11 and Donald Trump. All of this has produced some remarkable works of literature and popular culture. Texts on the course may include novels, short stories, poetry, graphic novels, films and television episodes, as well as examples of political rhetoric. Students will be encouraged to challenge, critique and interrogate accepted narratives, and to think about America's discourse of nation from an Australian perspective. This course was created in collaboration with students, and elements of course content will be open to student input.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Joy McEntee

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Engage with and critically analyse an array of literary and other texts
    2. Engage with and critically analyse an array of secondary texts
    3. Contextualize literary and other texts in historical and contemporary settings
    4. Challenge, critique and interrogate accepted narratives
    5. Conduct independent research
    6. Communicate the findings of research
    7. Argue from evidence
    8. Approach problems creatively and offer solutions
    9. Work with appropriate technologies
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1-7
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1-7
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    8, 9
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1-7
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    4, 6, 8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    • Nina Baym et al (eds). Norton Anthology of American Literature 9th edition. Note that the electronic edition is both cheaper and less bulky than the print edition. 
    • Michael Chabon Kavalier and Clay
    • The Manchurian Candidate. Dir. John Frankenheimer, 1962. Note that this will be screened in the workshop. 
    • Cormac McCarthy The Road
    • Tim O'Brien The Things They Carried
    • Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Captain America Case No 1 http://marvel.com/comics/issue/7849/captain_america_comics_1941_1
    • John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath
    Other readings will be supplied through MyUni and DRMC.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Workshops will comprise a mixture of short lectures, screenings and Echo360 ALP exercises with small group work.  Students who need flexible learning will be supported by the provision of online resources, including exercises and workshop recordings.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students are expected to devote a total of 156 hours to this course during the semester.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Learning activities may include workshops, screenings, online tasks, lectures, quizzes, research assignments and small group work. 
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    1500 word research assignment Formative and summative 40% CLO 1-9 
    3000 word essay Formative and summative 60% CLO 1-9
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students should consult MyUni for instruction and information about assessment requirements. They should also consult the English and Creative Writing Handbook of Policies and Procedures, which will apply. 
    Assessment Detail
    1500 word research exercise: students will select a “wild card” text from the Norton Anthology that they would like to have discussed in the workshop in week 12 of the course. They will research this text and write a rationale for its inclusion, arguing from evidence. They will post their work to a discussion board in Canvas so other students can interact with it. Collectively, these exercises will constitute a research resource for the entire cohort. This will be due at the mid-point of the semester. 40% weighting.

    3000 word essay: students will be required to write a 3000 word critical essay. This will be due at the end of semester. They will not be able to write on the same text they chose for their wild card research assignment. 60% weighting.
    Submission
    Information about submission of each assessment task will be given through MyUni. 
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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