District Syllabus
Contemporary Literature

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: ENC1102 English Composition II with a grade of "C" or better
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description:
Selected literature of the twentieth century. Meets general 
education Category II. A writing emphasis course.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Section 9598: Anne Mazer. A Walk in My World, 2000 ed., Persea: Reprint Edition, 2000. ISBN: 9780892552498
  • Section Numbers: 0291;4806: McCarthy, Cormac. All The Pretty Horses, 1992 ed., Random House Publishers, 1992. ISBN: 9780679744399
  • Sections 0291, 9653, 9740: Neil Gaiman. American Gods, 2002 ed., Harper Torch Publishers, 2002. ISBN: 9780380789030
  • Sections 0333, 9740: Toni Morrison. Beloved, 2004 ed., Vintage: Reprint Edition, 2004. ISBN: 9781400033416
  • Sections 0291, 4806: Chuck Palahniuk. Choke, 2002 ed., Anchor, 2002. ISBN: 9780385720922
  • Section 0355: Lau. Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Literature, 2007 ed., Columbia, 2007. ISBN: 9780231138413
  • Sections 0291, 4806: Daniel Clowes. Ghost World, 1998 ed., Fantagraphics, 1998. ISBN: 9781560974277
  • Section 0442: Robbins, Tom. Still Life With Woodpecker, 1980 ed., Bantam Publishers, 1980. ISBN: 9780553348972
  • Sections 0291, 0442, 1738, 4806, 9653, 9697, 9740: Halpern, Daniel. The Art of The Story, 1999 ed., Vintage Publishers, 1999. ISBN: 9780140296389
  • Sections 9598, 9653: Art Speigelman. The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale, 10th ed., William Morrow Paperbacks, 2003. ISBN: 9780141014081
  • Section Numbers: 0291;4806: Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games, 2010 ed., Scholastic Press: Reprint Edition, 2010. ISBN: 9780439023528
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: None
Program Learning Outcomes:
Global Learning Outcomes:
I.  Critical Thinking: Students will evaluate the validity of their 
own and others' ideas through questioning, analyzing, and 
synthesizing results into the creative process.     
II.  Communication: Students will develop effective reading, 
writing, speaking and listening skills to communicate verbally and 
nonverbally on literal and figurative levels.
V.  Cultural Literacy:  Students will develop an appreciation of 
human culture and its diversity and the role of the creative arts in 
Course Learning Outcomes:
During this course, students will demonstrate ability to:
1. Use selected literary terms in oral and written discussion of
2. Choose and apply appropriate rhetorical strategies in formal
3. Produce fully developed, coherent multi-paragraph essays on
literary topics.
4. Analyze selected works using critical reading skills.
5. Express convincing interpretations of selected literature.
6. Make logical connections between literature and life
Methods of Evaluation:
Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning 
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the 
instructor, within the policies of the college and the department.  
The instructor's expanded syllabus will explain how the following 
requirements fit into the course:
1. Writing that includes critical essays and that may include 
reader's journals and documented reporrts based on independent 
2.  Oral participation that may range from participation in class 
discussion to formal presentations.
3.  Unit tests, objective and/or essay, and a final exam.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.

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Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.

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