Part-Time Jobs: Literature

The English Department occasionally has openings for part-time faculty to teach one or two sections per semester of ENG 217, Introduction to Literature, a university general education requirement within SCSU's Liberal Education Program.

To be considered, prospective faculty must have:

Interested parties should send a CV and a letter of interest geared to the teaching of ENG 217, as further described below. Mail or email to the English department's Assistant Chair, Prof. Paul R. Petrie, at petriep1@southernct.edu.

 

 

 

ENG 217 Course Description, Course Goals and Learning Objectives

 

University Catalog Course Description:

Introduction to the values, purposes, uses, and pleasures of drama, fiction, and poetry, and to basic modes of literary interpretation. Readings on topics such as African-American identity, meaning and madness, sexuality and ethics, or politics.  Prerequisite: ENG 112.  3 credits.

 

Further Description:

Each section of the course is listed in the online "Schedule of Classes" with a further designation of the particular theme or topic to which each section is devoted. Topics are proposed by instructors for Department Curriculum Committee approval. Instructors may choose course section topics from the list of previously approved topics. All sections of the course, no matter what their particular themes and topics may be, are designed to teach the major genres (short fiction, novel, drama, poetry). In cases where the topical focus of the course precludes inclusion of a particular genre (e.g. a Renaissance course that predates the invention of the novel), that genre may be omitted from the course.

 

Course Goals:

All 217 courses should be designed and taught to meet the following goals.

  1. Discuss how language works to create meanings.
  2. Include the genres of poetry, prose fiction, and drama; works fromother, related genres (such as autobiography/biography/memoir, myth/folklore/sacredliterature, polemical/political tracts, and journalistic writing) may also be taught.
  3. Discuss language and literature at a level appropriate to a broadspectrum of undergraduates.
  4. Enable students to read seriously and write effectively about literature (rather than rushing them through a superficial survey of material).
  5. Help students develop a sense of literary and culturalconventions to aid them in interpretation.
  6. Help students develop a sense of some of the historicalconditions surrounding and involving texts.

 

Learning Objectives / Outcomes:

All 217 courses should be designed and taught to promote the following learning objectives / outcomes.

  1. Students should demonstrate their ability to grapple with how language works in poetry, prose fiction, and drama during class discussions, in papers and on examinations; informal writing may also be used to demonstrate such ability (Goals 1, 2, 3, 5).
  2. Students should demonstrate their ability to interpret poetry, prose fiction, and drama in the context of various literary and cultural conventions during class discussions, in papers and on examinations; informal writing may also be used to demonstrate such ability (Goals 1, 5).
  3. Students should demonstrate their ability to interpret poetry, prose fiction, and drama in the context of the historical conditions surrounding and permeating literature during class discussions, in papers and on examinations; informal writing may also be used to demonstrate such ability (Goals 1, 6).

ENG 217's Place within Southern's Liberal Education Program (LEP)

ENG217 is one among a number of courses university-wide that fulfill the "Cultural Expressions" requirement within the "Tier 2: Explorations" segment of the LEP curriculum. Further information about both "Tier 2" and "Cultural Expressions" appears below, as excerpted from the LEP document posted to the SCSU website.


Tier 2: Explorations (27 Credits)

(excerpted from page 10 of the LEP document)

 

Students explore Areas of Knowledge and Experience in depth, engaging in at least one Discussion of Values. In every course, students continue developing critical thinking and writing skills, as well as at least one other Competency. Each course assigns at least one primary (non-textbook) expository source to incorporate an "Intellectual Foundations" component. Students take one course, generally at the 200-level, in each of these categories:

        American Experience 3 credits

        Creative Drive 3 credits

        Cultural Expressions 3 credits

        Global Awareness 3 credits

        Mind and Body 3 credits

        Natural World I: The Physical Realm 3 credits

        Natural World II: Life and the Environment 3 credits

        Social Structure, Conflict, and Consensus 3 credits

        Time and Place 3 credits

All courses in Tier 2:

• have enough scope to provide an adequate foundation to the particular Area of Knowledge and Experience,

• address a number of key topics in depth,

• make an effort to integrate knowledge from a variety of perspectives,

• provide insight to issues of the 21st century and/or important issues in students' lives,

• include problem-based learning appropriate to the topic, and

• provide an introduction to the analytical tools of the discipline(s) offering the course.

Cultural Expressions

(Area of Knowledge and Experience)

(excerpted from page 27 of the LEP document)

 

Purpose

To develop the students' understanding of and aesthetic appreciation for influential cultural objects and traditions. This understanding will enable students expand their own aesthetic sensibilities and to enhance their encounters with cultural works.

 

Key Elements

1) Aesthetic Evaluation - Encountering historical and/or contemporary genres of cultural expression.

2) Analytical Skills - Thinking critically and analytically about cultural expressions.

3) Cultural Significance - Examining social, historical, and aesthetic contexts of cultural expressions.