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Satya P. Tandon, Associate Professor, Humanities Department

Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Sherman Drive Utica, NY 13501











EN255: World Literature| Syllabus







Fall Semester, 2007


Instructor:     Prof. S. P. Tandon

      Office: Payne Hall 311

      Telephone: 792-5543

      E-mail: standon@mvcc.edu

      Office Hours:    MWF 2:00-3:00; TH 12:20-1:30

      Other hours by appointment .


Text:        Lawall, Sarah, Ed. The Norton Anthology of World

Masterpieces, Volumes A, B, and C. New York : W.W.

Norton, 2002.


I.   Course Description:


This course is a survey of the world literature masterpieces in English translation from the ancient times through the Renaissance period. Among the major writers and texts studied are Homer, Sophocles, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Dante, the Bhagwad Gita, the Jataka, Machiavelli, Rabelais, Cervantes, and Shakespeare.


Prerequisites: EN101:English 1 and EN102:English 2.


II.   Student Learning Outcomes:


  At the completion of the course, the student will:


•  Utilize reading comprehension and critical thinking skills to analyze a variety of literary works in world literature from the ancient times through the Renaissance.

•  Demonstrate an awareness of the variety of genre and critical perspectives in world literature.


•  Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of a literary work in the areas of theme, use of language, form, innovation, and relation to culture, etc.


•  Demonstrate an awareness of how social, cultural, aesthetic, and intellectual issues raised in the class are relevant to our lives.


•  Demonstrate how common or culturally specific heritages, perspectives, histories, and/or common belief systems influence the authors and their literary works.


•  Complete a documented research paper that demonstrates analytical thinking skills and utilizes research documentation.

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•  Features of the Course:


•  Informal writing will be interspersed among the readings and discussions.


•  Formal writing assignments will result from the readings, discussions, and informal writing.


•  Readings will function as a stimulus for discussion and writing.


•  Emphasis will be on discussion and small-group work.


•  Emphasis will be on the students (together with the instructor) functioning as a community of learners or inquirers, sharing and responding to one another’s ideas and writings.



•  Course Administration:


A.   Attendance Policy: State University of New York regulations require evidence of pursuit of prescribed course work. Students who fail to satisfy those regulations may be deleted from the class on the official census date (Student Handbook 26).


EN255: World Literature1 is a reading/discussion/lecture class. In courses of this nature students benefit most by working collaboratively. Hence your regular presence and participation in the class is necessary and required. Attendance will be recorded at the beginning of each class meeting. If you come in after I have taken the attendance, it is your responsibility to notify me at the end of class. In cases of excessive lateness, your attendance will be affected. If you have to leave class early, please let me know ahead of time.


B.   All students are expected to attend all class meetings. In the event of illness or emergency, you are responsible for explaining absences and finding out the assigned work. In unusual circumstances, you will be permitted two excused absences. For each absence in excess, points will be deducted from the final grade.


Please note that your final grade will be adversely affected by poor attendance as explained below:


     Number of Absences      Highest Possible Final Grade

    Two weeks or less       A

    Three weeks         B       

    Four weeks         C

    More than four weeks       F

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C.    Plagiarism: Cheating on any assignment will result in a failing grade for

that assignment. It will also jeopardize your chances of passing the

course. Plagiarism is defined as using ideas and information created by others

without identifying them and giving them full credit for the borrowed

information. Make sure you give credit to the source when borrowing




•  Evaluation and Assessment:


Your final grade will be based on the accumulation of grades from various assignments:   


     Research Paper         30%

    Unit Exam I           20%

    Unit Exam II           20%

    Class Papers           20%

    Journal           10%         


•  Research Paper:


The research paper is a single, formal study of some aspect of the course. The paper should include formal academic research, with documentation conforming to the MLA style. While the research paper constitutes 35% of the final grade, its satisfactory completion is required for completion of the course. Failure to complete the research paper satisfactorily (i.e., a “C� grade or better) will result in an automatic failing grade for the entire course. Expected length: 7-10 pages.


  B.    Unit exams : Information will be provided in class.


  C.    Class Papers: You will write two essays on the selected assigned readings. Further details will be provided in class.


  D.    Journal : You will be required to write out of class journals on a regular basis.This will be explained further in class.


  E.    Reading Assignments: All reading assignments must be completed prior to class meetings. There will be quizzes and short writing tasks on the reading.






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VIII. Miscellaneous Information:


•  All assignments are due as scheduled. Late assignments are marked down ten percent (one full grade) for each class day. This grade reduction is automatic and is waved only through the approval of formal written application required by the instructor. Assignments submitted for grades must conform to the following guidelines:
•  All essays to be on standard 8-1/2 x 11 paper.
•  All essays to be word-processed and printed. Please do not e-mail your essays.
•  Multiple sheets to be stapled or secured with a paper clip.
•  Essays submitted for grades must include the following information:


    Assignment title

    Student’s name and class

    Instructor’s name

    Date of submission


•  Assignments that do not meet the above requirements will not be

  accepted or graded.


•  Policy pertaining to the use of cell phones and other such electronic devices in the classroom:

The student use of technologies not relevant to classroom, laboratory, library, studio, or clinical settings is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, electronic communicating devices, MP3 players, and video/photo capture devices. Instructor discretion may be exercised if the technology is a component of the learning environment or by prior student notification.


  C. Students With Special Needs:

I would appreciate hearing from anyone in the class who has any type of disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) which may require some special accommodation. Please see me during my office hours so that we can discuss your needs. Before services can begin, you must also contact Lynn Igoe, Coordinator of Disability Services, 792-5413 (Voice or TTY), or Tasha Paterson, the Learning Disabilities Specialist, 731-5702; both are located in Room 153 of the Academic Building . (For classes on the Rome Campus, the contact person is Michael Badolato, PC A30, 334-7718). They are the staff members who review your documentation, determine your eligibility for these accommodations, and help determine what those accommodations will be.

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VI.   Weekly Syllabus:


Following is a tentative weekly schedule; it will be updated as necessary. It is each student’s responsibility to attend classes regularly and stay current with the changes.


Week 1      Introduction to the Course

      Study of Literature


Week 2      Homer, The Iliad


Week 3     Homer, The Iliad   


Week 4     Sophocles, Oedipus the King


Week 5     Plato, The Apology of Socrates

      Aristotle, From Poetics   


Week 6     Aristophanes, Lysistrata


Week 7-8      The Jataka

       The Bhagawad Gita

       Unit Exam I


Week 9     Dante, The Divine Comedy: The Inferno


Week 10     Dante, The Divine Comedy: The Inferno


Week 11      Desiderius Erasmus, The Praise of Folly


Week 12     Niccolo Machiaveli, The Prince


Week 13-14     Shakespeare, Hamlet


Week 15     Course Review

      Unit Exam II