ICLT 330-F01: Global Literature and Digital Media
Instructor: Dr. Amanda Golden
Office Hours: W 1-3pm, and by appointment
Course Website: globalliterature.weebly.com
This required book is available at the NYIT Bookstore. You can also use an ebook.
Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire. Penguin, 2017. ISBN: 9781408886779 .
Additional readings will be available on Google Drive
Catalogue Course Description
Students in this course address the power of creativity, discussing the work of writers and artists from throughout the world. With technology as a focus, we will interpret texts in new ways using digital tools. Critiquing fiction, poetry, essays, visual art, and digital materials, we will analyze the ways that writers and artists approach such topics as identity, gender, war, the city, comics, and popular culture.
Student Learning Outcomes and Methods of Assessment
Upon successfully completing the course, a student will be able to
1. Discuss social, cultural, and historical issues that global works address.
(Core: Communication, Literacy, Critical/Analytical Thinking, Interdisciplinary Mindset and Skills, Ethical/Moral and Civic Engagement, and Global Perspective/World View)
2. Interpret stylistic features of literary texts and forms of media and how these features affect the impact of each text. (Core: Communication, Literacy, Critical/Analytical Thinking)
3. Compose a focused, organized, and clearly written analysis of global literary texts. (Core: Communication, Literacy, Critical/Analytical Thinking, Global Perspective/World View)
4. Locate and evaluate research sources and incorporate and document them appropriately in writing, oral presentations, and digital projects.
(Core: Communication, Literacy, Critical/Analytical Thinking, Ethical/Moral and Civic Engagement)
5. Analyze different forms of media and work from different disciplines.
(Core: Communication, Literacy, Critical/Analytical Thinking, Interdisciplinary Mindset and Skills)
6. Work effectively in groups to interpret texts. (Core: Communication, Literacy, Critical/Analytical Thinking, Interdisciplinary Mindset and Skills, Global Perspective/World View)
Methods of Assessment that allow the instructor to assess the above learning outcomes:
Writing in class and completing discussion board postings— Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5
Discussing global texts and forms of media—Outcomes 1, 2, 5, 6
Analyzing materials from different disciplines and the ways that they inform each other—Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
Contributing to group tasks discussing global texts and interpreting them using digital tools—Outcomes 1, 2, 5, 6
Giving presentations—Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
Writing literary analysis essay—Outcomes 1, 2, 3
Completing research project—Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
All home writing assignments must be typed in 12-point and double-spaced, and thoroughly proofread. Papers must be submitted on Canvas at least thirty minutes before class on the due date indicated on the syllabus. Do not include your name in documents submitted on Canvas.
Analytical Essay: 15%
Discussion Board Postings and Writing Center Reflection (which counts as a discussion board posting): 50%
Podcast or Video: 15%
Discussion Board Postings
Your will post on the Canvas Discussion Board on dates indicated on the syllabus. Questions and prompts for postings will be on Canvas. Your postings will engage the question or topic in depth, analyzing quotations and examples when appropriate. Your responses should interpret and analyze course readings, building from previous topics we have discussed. Because these postings are short, you are encouraged to develop your own impressions, rather than consult internet sources. If you do consult internet or any other sources, you must cite them. Cutting and pasting any material you do not quote appropriately and cite from websites is plagiarism.
Discussion board postings will be assessed using the following rubric:
4: Exceptional. The discussion board post is focused and coherently integrates examples with explanations or analysis. The post demonstrates awareness of its own limitations or implications, and it considers multiple perspectives when appropriate. The entry reflects in-depth engagement with the topic.
3: Satisfactory. The discussion post is reasonably focused, and explanations or analysis are mostly based on examples or other evidence. Fewer connections are made between ideas, and though new insights are offered, they are not fully developed. The post reflects moderate engagement with the topic.
2: Underdeveloped. The discussion board post is mostly description or summary, without consideration of alternative perspectives, and few connections are made between ideas. The post reflects passing engagement with the topic.
1: Limited. The discussion board post is unfocused, or simply rehashes previous comments, and displays no evidence of student engagement with the topic.
0: No Credit. The discussion board post is missing or consists of one or two disconnected sentences.
Adapted from https://www.chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/a-rubric-for-evaluating-student-blogs/27196
Replying to Others
Exceptional. Responses to classmates' postings are clear, specific and forward dialogue with them, asking questions of them as well as making useful comments.
Good. Responses to classmates' postings are clearly worded. Developing ideas; sometimes stimulates discussion.
Underdeveloped. Responses to classmates' postings are often worded in confusing manner and show little sense of what others have written.
No Credit. Abusive or distracting comments; persistent lack of participation.
Writing Center Visit Reflections
Over the course of the term, you are required to have at least one online appointment with a tutor from English Department Writing Center, bringing an assignment from this course (such as a posting, project, presentation, essay rough draft, or final draft) that you are writing or revising. You can make an appointment at any stage in the writing process, from brainstorming to editing. You can also visit the writing center to strengthen a particular skill, such as commas, introductions, or any aspect of writing or communication. Following your visit, complete a 250-word response reflecting on your visit. This reflection should include a description of the task or assignment that you brought to the center, the feedback you received, and your plans for moving forward. The reflection will be graded using the blog assessment rubric, and for quotations you should analyze the language of your own writing and the tutor's feedback you receive. In addition, your reflection must also contemplate your own growth as a writer and critical thinker. Your reflection is due on Canvas no later than the dates indicated on the syllabus, but can be uploaded earlier.
1. Make your deadlines. Late assignments will not be accepted. Know and keep your deadlines. All due dates are posted in this syllabus.
2. Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Policies. Each student enrolled in a course at NYIT agrees that, by taking such course, he or she consents to the submission of all required papers for textual similarity review to any commercial service engaged by NYIT to detect plagiarism. Each student also agrees that all papers submitted to any such service may be included as source documents in the service’s database, solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers.
Plagiarism is the appropriation of all or part of someone else’s works (such as but not limited to writing, coding, programs, images, etc.) and offering it as one’s own. Cheating is using false pretenses, tricks, devices, artifices or deception to obtain credit on an examination or in a college course. If a faculty member determines that a student has committed academic dishonesty by plagiarism, cheating or in any other manner, the faculty has the academic right to 1) fail the student for the paper, assignment, project and/or exam, and/or 2) fail the student for the course and/or 3) bring the student up on disciplinary charges, pursuant to Article VI, Academic Conduct Proceedings, of the Student Code of Conduct.
Cheating on an examination or assignment in this course will result in a zero for the examination or assignment and the matter will be reported to the appropriate college authorities as per the Student Handbook. A second incident of cheating on an examination will result in failure for the course.
In your writing for this class, you are encouraged to refer to other people's thoughts and writing -- as long as you cite them.
If you are ever in doubt about whether you are citing something correctly, please contact the professor.
You must list all sources you consult in your works cited list. You must cite web pages.
In moments of crisis, students sometimes make decisions that they would not otherwise make. If you find yourself in a situation that affects your work in this class, please contact the instructor.
3. Original Work. All of your assignments must be created originally for this class only. Work submitted for other courses or created before the start of this course will not be accepted.
4. Computer Access. According to university policy, all students are required to own or have access to a computer system off campus with connectivity to the Internet and an installed or current version of Microsoft Office. NOTE: Microsoft Works is not compatible with Microsoft Office.
5. NYIT Withdrawal and Incomplete Grade Policy. After the second week of the semester (second class meeting for cycle courses) students wishing to exit a course may do so by requesting to withdraw from the course from the instructor. The decision to withdraw from a course should be made only after consulting with the course instructor and advisor, as withdrawing from a course may affect financial aid eligibility. Consult with the Office of Financial Aid for more information. To withdraw from a course, the student and the instructor must complete a withdrawal form, and the instructor must submit it to the Office of the Registrar within 48 hours. Upon receipt of the withdrawal, a grade will be assigned by the Registrar.
Students can withdraw from a course from the end of the add/drop period (second week of the term or second class meeting for cycle classes) through the week before finals to receive a grade of W. The W grade is not included in the computation of the cumulative GPA, but it may affect financial aid eligibility.
The withdrawal (W) grade will be assigned to students who officially withdraw from a class according to this schedule. The unofficial withdrawal (UW) grade may be assigned if a student has stopped attending class without officially withdrawing. The W and UW grades are not included in the computation of the GPA, but may affect eligibility for financial aid.
Students may not withdraw from classes during the final exam period.
The temporary grade of Incomplete (I) shall change to a failing grade (IF) if the student does not complete the work by the end of the allotted time. Grades of IF become part of the student's CUM.
Library Resources. All students can access the New York Tech virtual library from both on and off campus at www.nyit.edu/library. The same login you use to access NYIT e-mail and NYITConnect will also give you access to the library’s resources from off campus.
On the left side of the library’s home page, you will find the “Library Catalog” and the “Find Journals” sections. In the middle of the home page you will find “Research Guides;” select “Video Tutorials” to find information on using the library’s resources and doing research.
Should you have any questions, please look under “Library Services” to submit a web-based “Ask-A-Librarian” form.
Additional Resources for Further Learning
If you would like additional help in the course, please contact your instructor for guidance. You are also encouraged use New York Tech’s academic support services: the Learning Center, the Writing Center, the
Math Center, and Brainfuse (online tutoring, 24/7). For more information and links to the individual centers, see www.nyit.edu/student_resources/centers/.
Support for Students with Disabilities
NYIT adheres to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504. The Office of Accessibility Services actively supports students in the pursuit of their academic and career goals. Identification of oneself as an individual with disability is voluntary and confidential. Students wishing to receive accommodations, referrals and other services are encouraged to contact the Office of Accessibility Services as early in the semester as possible, although requests can be made throughout the academic year. To contact the Office of Accessibility Services please send an e-mail to email@example.com or call (516) 686-4934 for the Long Island campus and (212) 261-1759 for the Manhattan campus.
The Department of English Writing Center
Discuss your essays with Professors of English. While the Writing Center can help you with grammar and punctuation, it is not primarily an editing service. Rather, you can work with writing instructors to address specific writing concerns or issues. The Writing Center is a place to get additional support for your writing, servicing all students at all levels of writing and at any stage of the writing process. Please schedule an online appointment using My NYIT.
Schedule (Subject to Change)
Assignments and readings are due on the dates below.
Week 1: 1.25-1.31: Read Understanding Rhetoric Introduction and Issue 4 (On Google Drive).
Due Online by Sunday 1/31 at 11pm: Discussion Board Posting 1.
Week 2: 2.1-2.7: Read Home Fire, Chapter 1.
Review MLA format for in-text citations, works cited pages and entries.
View Kamila Shamsie at Colgate.
Due Online by Sunday 2.7 at 11pm: Discussion Board Posting 2.
Week 3: 2.8-2.14: Read Home Fire, Chapters 2 and 3.
ReadThey Say/I Say: Introduction, Chapter 1 and Templates.
Due Online by Sunday 2.14 at 11pm: Discussion Board Posting 3,
Week 4: 2.15-2.21: Read Home Fire, Chapters 4, 5 and 6.
Read They Say/I Say Chapter 3 on Quoting.
Week 5: 2.22-2.28: Finish Home Fire.
Review Sample Essay in Google Drive Folder.
Due Online by Sunday 2.28 at 11pm: Discussion Board Posting 4.
Week 6: 3.1-3.7: Zoom meetings with instructor.
Due Online by Sunday 3.7 at 11pm: Analytical Essay Rough Draft Due.
Week 7: 3.8-3.14: Due Online by Sunday 3.14 at 11pm: Analytical Essay Final Draft Due.
Week 8: 3.15-3.21: Read Karen Russell, "Bog Girl."
Week 9: 3.29-4.4: Read Seamus Heaney, "Digging," "Death of a Naturalist," "North," and "The Tollund Man."
View Seamus Heaney reads and discusses his poems.
Week 10: 4.5-4.11: Read Leontia Flynn, "Two Poems," Mong-Lan, "Elegy, "O New York!," and "Only This Life."
Due Online by Sunday 4.11 at 11pm: Discussion Board Posting 5.
Week 11: 4.12-4.18: Read Derek Walcott, "The Season of Phantasmal Peace" and Kwame Dawes, "Before Winter." Listen to podcast episode, "Kwame Dawes reads Derek Walcott."
Due Online by Sunday 4.18 at 11pm Discussion Board Posting 6.
Week 12: 4.19-4.25: Read Javier Zamora, El Salvador and Guadalajara.
Week 13: 4.26-5.2: Due Online by Sunday 5.2 at 11pm: Script Rough Draft Due.
Week 14: 5.3-5.9: Due Online by Sunday 5.9 at 11pm: Script and Podcast or Video Final Draft.
Course Reflection Due Online by Sunday 5.9 at 11pm.
Writing Center Reflection Due Online by Sunday 5.9 at 11pm.