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Distance Education at Mendocino College

World Literature - English 250
Summer Course Syllabus 2013

Class Information

  • Units: 3
  • Semester:  Summer 2013
  • Instructor: Lynn Haggitt
  • E-mail:
  • Office Location: 4154 Library Learning Resource Center (LLRC)
  • Office Hours:  Online - Monday - Friday 3 times a day - morning, afternoon, evening M-F
  • Class Location:  Online

Course Outcomes & Goals

This course will explore the ways in which different cultures use literature to treat similar themes and problems through the careful reading of selected texts from a range of cultures throughout the world.  You will deepen your understanding and appreciation of our selected texts and ways to discuss and write about them - both as unique artistic achievements and as works which are affected by their specific historical contexts.  Each text has been carefully selected for the ways it will deepen your understanding of the plight of others and how they overcame tremendous obstacles to make their way in the world.

Student Learning Outcomes 

Students completing English 250 will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the historical, linguistic and cultural contexts of various major works of literature from a variety of different cultures.
  2. Will be able to distinguish elements of fiction such as plot, theme, character and setting and apply this knowledge to works of world literature.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to analyze and construct clear and well-supported interpretations of major works of world literature.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of how these works influence their respective cultures.

Teaching Methodology

This online course stresses active learning on your part.  My role will be to create an intellectual environment which promotes this type of learning. 

Throughout the semester we will focus on discussing and writing about our readings.  Take a minute to reflect on how often you have asked a question (rather than made a comment) in other classes you’ve taken so far in your college career.  Perhaps once or maybe even twice a class?  Now take another minute to reflect on the type of questions you’ve asked in class.  Are they questions that can be answered quickly or are they questions that promote critical thinking and deep reasoning? 

In this course, you will be expected to be actively engaged in the reading and writing process by formulating and sharpening key questions about literary texts.  The discussion questions will guide you to a deeper understanding of our readings, and hopefully, will allow you to write about our topics.  Understanding literature can sometimes be a difficult task, but I will never tell you what to think, or what is “right” or “wrong.”  My goal is to help you develop the capacity to make judgments about our readings, and to achieve your own goals for your personal intellectual development.

Texts and Resources

Textbook Information:  Please read all notes below - this list may be subject to some minor changes.

All books will be available in our campus bookstore, used bookstores, online via Amazon, used book dealers, family and friends.  Some titles you may already have at home.

  • Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
  • The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Night – Elie Wiesel
  • Jessie De La Cruz – Gary Soto

Approximate cost: Cost will vary - some of these can be purchased for as little as $1 in used bookstores (online) or obtained free from the library, family or friends

Computer with programs compatible to this course

  • Internet connection (dial up not recommended)
  • Access DVD Player
  • Rental of DVD’s
  • E-mail address

Method of Instruction

Independent reading assignments followed by group discussions, chat room, and then journal writing to reflect the understanding and knowledge of the assignments. This will include video/DVD viewing and response writing. This course also includes essay writing assignments using appropriate college writing to show development of ideas and research strategies.

Grading Policy

Understanding of concepts and content of course materials will be measured by:

  1. Assessment of class discussions-50 pts each (6)
  2. Assessment of homework-50 pts each (5)
  3. Evaluation of 1 researched essay/Final on a literary topic. 250 pts (1)


You are required to “Attend” class.  It is important you show up for discussions in an online class because we do not have the opportunity to chat as in a regular classroom.  You must get to know your peers via these discussions.  Half of what you will learn will be from reading responses from other students and your instructor.

Discussion Board

Class requirements for attendance include posting to the discussion board at least 3x a week. You must respond to the discussion board questions and to at least 3 of your classmates.  This equals a total of 4 postings every week for the course.  You can post/respond more, but 4 is the minimum.  There are no partial points for fewer postings.

Special NOTES:

This is a VERY fast paced summer class.  You have four full length novels to read in six weeks!  Please respond as quickly as possible to discussion board questions!  If you post at 7:40 pm on the night it is due, it is nearly impossible for other students to respond.

Check your messages and the announcement board daily for new information!  It is a good idea to check your class often.

This is an ONLINE course, and I expect you to be ONLINE once a day to check in.  I will respond/ grade your work weekly and post your grades in the grade book. 
If you do not show up to participate after one week, I will drop you from the class site and you will no longer be able to enter the course.  You must drop the course at Admissions & Records.  If you have an emergency, PLEASE let me know - we can make alternative arrangements if need be.

Late Work

I do NOT accept late work except by prior arrangement, and only in emergencies.  If you can not complete your assignments on time, you must make arrangements with me BEFORE assignments are due for an alternate date.  Homework, discussion boards, chat room are due on date announced UNLESS changed by me!  Late work will never receive full credit!

You will NOT be able to make up weekly discussion questions!

Netiquette or Love Thy Online Neighbor

Classroom Behavior

This is an online class, and we cannot see each other as we write our discussions and responses. Since I require each person to post to the discussion board each week, I assume we will have interesting conversations about a variety of subjects. However, offensive language aimed at a person or group because of differences in gender, sexual preference, race or religious beliefs will not be tolerated. Please be respectful of each other. Do not use profane language or YELL at people online. Do not USE SLANG, remember this is a college classroom.

Think before you push that button!

Students with Disabilities

If you have a physical, psychiatric/emotional, medical, or learning disability that may impact your ability to carry out the assigned course work, please contact the staff in Disabled Student Services, in the Counseling Office on the Ukiah Campus or call 707 468 3048. DSP&S will review your concerns and determine, with you, what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.
Academic Honesty
Students are required to adhere to the college's Academic Honesty Guidelines. Students are expected to avoid any type of dishonesty including, but not limited to the following:

  • Plagiarism (copying someone else's sentences or phrases, using another author's ideas without acknowledgement of the source, re-writing a research paper that incorporates significant material from a paper written by another person, submitting a research paper borrowed from another student or commercial use).
  • Cheating.
  • Fabrication.
  • Duplication of assignments.
  • Aiding in dishonesty.

When an instructor is confronted with evidence of academic dishonesty s/he will take appropriate action against the student. This action may include: reassignment of the paper, exam, or project; assignment of a failing grade; or recommendation to the Superintendent/President for dismissal from the course.

Log in to your course on the first day of the class. Here's how:
Go to the ETUDES portal at

Log-in ID


First 2 letters of first name +
First 2 letters of last name +
Last 5 digits of Student COLLEAGUE ID
(Type using all lower case letters)
Jose A. Garcia
Student ID: 1021945
Username = joga21945

Month Day of birth in school records
(Type using all lower case letters)
Birthday is April 11th, 1982 (04/11/82)
Password = 0411