SRJC Course Outlines

5/27/2024 6:52:13 AMENGL 44.1 Course Outline as of Fall 1988

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ENGL 44.1Title:  MASTERPCE/EUROP LIT  
Full Title:  Masterpieces of European Literature
Last Reviewed:7/1/2002

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  ENGL 44A

Catalog Description:
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Study in translation of a number of the great masterpieces of Continental literature from Homer to the Renaissance.

ENGL 1A with grade of "C" or better.

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Study in translation of the great masterpieces of Continental literature from Homer to the Renaissance.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:ENGL 1A with grade of "C" or better.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Inactive:Spring 2010
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 1981Spring 2010
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1981Spring 2010
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:Spring 2010
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:Spring 2010

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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The students will:
1.  Broaden his or her literary experience, and acquire a first reading
   acquaintance with some of the classics of the Western literary
   tradition, and thereby be able to read and write more knowledgeably
   and competently about other works belonging to that tradition.
2.  Become aware of some of the major themes and issues that have
   concerned that mos influential writers of early Western civilization.
3.  Also, it is hoped, acquire a greater sensitivity to the  depth and
   range of cultural differences.
4.  Acquire greater sophistication about the processes of reading,
   writing, interpreting, the making of meaning and the construction
   of literary and cultural histories.

Topics and Scope
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1.  The Ancient World.
     A. Egyptian, Hebraic and other early religious writings: the
        origins and uses of literature.
     B. Homer: heroic values and literature.
     C. Greek tragedy: the classical age in Greece, and the origins of
        Western theater.
     D. Virgil, Ocid: Roman epic, heroic and fabulist.
     E. Love songs: from the Greek, by Sappho and Alcaeus; from Latin,
        by Catullus and Horace; from the modern era; also, perhaps,
        from Manyoshu.
     F. Early Christian meditational and didactic writings: New
        Testament, St. Augustine.
2.  The Middle Ages.
     A. Icelandic Saga.
     B. Medieval Romance.
     C. Dante: the medieval world view, and the birth of vernacular
     D. Tale Cycles: Boccaccio.
3.  The Renaissance.
     A. Love poetry: Petrarch.
     B. Didactic and Descriptive literature revelatory of the values
        and modes of the time: Machiavelli, Castiglione.
     C. Ribald tales and the new questioning of tradition: Rabelais.
     D. Cervantes: the ironic-herioc view of human institutions.
Note on Range of Topics and on Multicultural Literacy - The above list
of authors and topics includes both too much and too little. There is
too much literature to be treated adequately in seventeen weeks;
instructors are expected to make a representative, but robust selection.
There are too few topics to give an adequate idea of the range of
possible approaches the faculty may bring to the course. The prospective
student can nevertheless expect any approach to be both critical and
broad-minded. Instructors can also be expected, at their individual
discretion, to include works from outside the Western tradition, for the
sake of cultural and literary contrast (the list above hints at this
possibility by the inclusion of Manyoshu, an ancient collection of
Japanese poems).
Note on Critical Thinking and Metaconcepts as applied to Literary
Study - As a means to accomplishment of Objective No. 2 (above), the
student will be exposed to more than critical approach to one or more
texts, and will be exposed to competing cultural and literary histories
(histories that might give meaning to such terms as "Renaissance,"
"Middle Ages", and so on).

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1.  Regular reading assignments.
2.  Notebook or other written preparation for class.
3.  Class discussions and group work, in which each student is expected
   to participate.
4.  Occasional leading of class discussions, and preparation appropriate
   to this task.
5.  Carefully composed and typed (or wordprocessed) papers that
   interpret the course texts, or expound their cultural contexts.
6.  Library research into historical backgrounds or critical response
   to the course texts.
7.  Oral readings or other performance exercises.
8.  Examinations and quizzes involving the writing of reasoned
   interpretive arguments as well as simple factual responses.
9.  Attentive, critical viewing of video material illustrative of
   course texts.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
20 - 100%
Written homework, Reading reports, Term papers, READING JOURNAL ENTRIES
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 30%
Homework problems, Field work, Quizzes, Exams
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 30%
Class performances
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
0 - 80%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, RECOGNITIONS & IDENTIFICATIONS
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Mack et al., eds. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1985.

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