Ethics in Literature studies poems, short stories, drama and novels with the intention of probing both their literary merit and the ethical questions embedded within them. Students apply literary terminology and basic principles of ethics in order to understand and appreciate these works. The course emphasizes close and perceptive reading, thoughtful discussion and reflection. This course is writing intensive.
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After completing this course you will be able to:
Required Texts and Materials
The Moral Life: An Introduction in Ethics and Literature, 3rd Edition, Louis Pojman, Ed.
Kate Chopin, The Awakening, Dover Thrift edition
J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace
Ariel Dorfman, Death and the Maiden, Penguin Plays edition
William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Folger Shakespeare Library edition
David Simon and Edward Burns, The Corner
Recommended Texts and Materials
A college dictionary and an English handbook
Visit the Distance Learning homepage and use the link provided in the “Support for Registered Students” area link to download plug-ins. The following plug-ins are required for this class:
Class Communications: What to Expect from Your Instructor
Grades will be determined by your scores on the following learning activities:
NOTE: Students must complete all required assignments as outlined in order to pass the course.
All assignments are due on the dates shown in the class calendar; generally, all assignments for the week will be due by midnight on Saturday.
Assignments that are turned in late will be accepted with a 10% late penalty within one week after the due date.
Weekly Discussion Assignments
I will post the week’s Canvas class discussion topics by midnight each Sunday. Students will be required to post their own responses by Thursday and respond to at least two fellow student’s response each week by midnight on Saturday. After Saturday at midnight each week, discussion topics for the week will be closed so that no more responses may be posted. In an online class, these postings and reactions are how we establish a dialogue in the class, so they are a very important part of the course.
The midterm and final exams will follow a similar format, with sections of quotation identification and analysis, discussion questions, and an essay. The final exam will not be cumulative.
Assignment Format and Documentation Requirements
All graded assignments will be submitted to me in Canvas Mail, with your work pasted directly in the body of the Canvas Mail message, and the name of the assignment in the subject line of the message.
Students are responsible for maintaining copies of all of their written work on your computer or on floppy disk in case of the need for retransmission. Students are responsible for keeping the instructor informed in the event of emergencies or unusual circumstances leading to extended absence from class participation. See the phone numbers at the top of this syllabus.
This class observes the plagiarism policy described in the student handbook. For the first case of intentional plagiarism, the student will receive a zero for the assignment. For a second offence (in this class or any other at HCC), the student will fail the course. Third-time offenders will face disciplinary action from the college, including suspension. All cases of plagiarism will be reported to the college administration and will be including in the student’s permanent record.
Extra Help in Writing
If you feel the need for more guidance with your writing, there are several places to go. You can see me during my office hours, or schedule an appointment. The Write Room in L230 and the Composition and Literature Center in ELB 210 offer individual assistance for students looking for help with writing. If you need more help using the computers, HCC offers free Word classes, and there are tutors available during the Open Writing Lab hours in the ELB building. Finally, the Howard Online Writing Lab (HOWL) offers online assistance for HCC students. Below are some helpful links for HCC students:
Composition and Literature Center (ELB 210): During the fall semester, the CLC will be open for English tutoring from 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Friday. I will tutor in the CLC from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. on Thursdays this semester.
Learning Assistance Center (L240): Students are also invited to make use of the drop-in tutoring available in the Learning Assistance Center, particularly in the Write Room (located in the library, L240).
Howard Online Writing Lab (HOWL): Unable to come into campus for help with a writing assignment? Try using HOWL, HCC's on-line writing lab. HCC students may use HOWL at any stage
What to Do If You Need Help
About the Course
If you have questions about your course (assignments, due dates, problems completing assignments, how to submit assignment or navigate the Canvas course site, etc.), you should contact me by email or by phone. The HCC Help Desk cannot answer questions about specific course content.
Help in Canvas
Canvas has a built-in Help that can be accessed from any page in your course. Look for the Help link at the top of each page.
Difficulty Logging on to Canvas:
If you are having difficulty logging on to Canvas and you know it is not a result of problems with your Internet Service Provider or your browser, contact:
Student Computer Support now staffs a help desk. Students and faculty may call 443-518-4444 between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Friday to report problems. After hours, students and faculty may leave a message at the same number. Student Computer Support staff will handle the problem or direct it to the correct person to handle.
When leaving a message, be sure to leave your name, the course you are enrolled in, your course instructor's name, your phone number, your e-mail address, and a description of the problem. Be sure to speak slowly so staff can easily take down your message.
Updated: 27-Jan-09 Howard Community College