ENGL-2310: World Literature I ( Online | Spring 2018 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Douglas Branch

Instructor Rank

Associate Professor

Instructor Email Contact through PAWS email.
Instructor Website


Instructor Office

MA A 110B, Macon Cove


Office Hours


You may contact me through PAWS email during my virtual office hours and expect a fairly quick reply. I often "float" between my two offices on Macon Cove, so if you look for me in the one and I'm not around, try the other.  (They're not far from each other on the Macon Cove Campus.) If I am not in my office during my office hours, it is also possible that I am in the Union Avenue Honors office, where I sometimes work

Regular Semester Office Hours:

Monday:  2:00 - 4:00 

Tuesday:  2:00 - 5:00

Wednesday:  2:00 - 4:00

Friday:  Virtual Hours, 11:00-2:00

Summer Office Hours:

My schedule is especially erratic during the summer. But I will be on campus, usually Macon Cove but sometimes Union Ave.,  a good number of hours every week, usually Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays.  There will be a few Fridays and even Saturdays I'm around, too, especially during July.  If you want to see me, email me to make an appointment so that we can figure out a time that is mutually convenient.  And to make an appointment for a face to face meeting,  it's best to email me through my regular email, dbranch@southwest.tn.edu, rather than PAWS.  



Instructor Phone

(901) 333-4483 (MA A 110B)


Department Fax

(901) 333-4695 (Distance Ed., Macon Cove)

Department Phone

(901) 333-4121 (Liberal Studies, Macon Cove)

Course Information
Course Description

This course surveys world literature from antiquity through the Renaissance. It acquaints students with prose, poetry, and drama, while illustrating different forms, cultural ideals, and enduring themes.

Student Learning Objectives

All sophomore literature courses at Southwest introduce students to the particular body of literature delineated in the Course Description. In addition, this material is addressed to further the following general education goals at the college:

Explore global/cultural diversity. Frame a comparative context through which they can critically assess the ideas, forces, and values that have created the modern world. Recognize the ways in which both change and continuity have affected human history. Practice the critical and analytical methodologies of the Humanities and/or Fine Arts.


Students must have completed English 1010 and 1020 before they enroll in English 2310.



Instructional / Learning Methods

Our primary activities in this class, other than reading the assigned texts and course module materials, will consist of participating in class discussions, writing formal essays, and taking two examinations.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Hardware/Software Requirements

You must be able to create files using Microsoft Word.  No other program will do.  Files created in Microsoft Works, Wordpad, WordPerfect, or any other word processor are impossible for me to grade. 

Required Text

The Norton Anthology of World Literature. Third edition. Volumes A, B, and C. Ed. Martin Puchner, et al. New York: Norton, 2012.

Additional Text

The Little, Brown Handbook . 12th ed. R. Ramsey Fowler and Jane E. Aaron. New York: Addison-Wesley, 2013. This book is strongly recommended but not required for the course. If you have an older edition, it will probably do just fine. 

Supplementary Materials

You should save all copies of your work on a zip drive or your computer hard drive.

Hardware Requirements

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit http://southwest.tn.onthehub.com.

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

There will be a midterm (20 % of final grade) and a final exam (20% of of the grade). There will be four essays (each worth 10% of the grade). Class Discussions, conducted on the Discussion Board, will comprise the remaining 20% of the grade. See the Orientation section of the Course Content for additional details.

Grading Scale

 A 900-1000

 B 800-899

 C 700-799

 D 600-699

 F Below 600

Testing Procedure / Policy

The midterm and final are multiple choice format. The final may also include a short essay. Students will take the midterm and final at Southwest Tennessee Community College. Students will be expected to come to campus to take their midterm and final examinations. There will be a limited choice of dates and times for students to take the tests.

Students may not leave an exam while it is taking place without the instructor's permission.  Students may not use a cell phone during an exam.  Failure to obey these prohibitions will result in the student's earning a 0 on the exam.  



Major Assignments

Students will complete several units on the literary movements covered by the course. Students will read background material in the course modules and the textbook, will read assigned readings from the text, will write four formal essays. There will be a midterm exam covering the first half of the material, and a final exam covering the last half of the material. Students will discuss the literature assigned during the course on the class discussion board.


The essays are papers in which students write about what they have read. Students will be given several specific topics for the essays, with each topic relating to a specific assigned reading. The essay should address the chosen topic by using the student's critical, analytic, and interpretive powers in relation to the assigned reading and should be between 500 and 750 words in length. The focus of the essay is the student's interpretation about the assigned reading with support for that interpretation. The essays will be evaluated for how well students address the assigned topic, support their thesis and interpretation, and explain their ideas and opinions. Content, form, and MLA format will be evaluated. Internal documentation should be included, but the Works Cited page can be omitted. An example of an informal essay will be given early in the course. Some student essays may ultimately be posted to the class web pages. Also, students should keep on electronic file a record of the evaluations of the essays.

Grades on writing assignments are based on the instructor's judgment of how clearly the student presents ideas, develops the assignment, and demonstrates the correct command of grammar. The Languages and Literature Department's "Departmental Grading Standards" dictate that a paper will not receive a grade of "C" or higher with more than four major grammatical errors, nor may a paper receive a grade of "B" with more than two major errors. "A" papers should have no more than one major error. Students should know what it means to summarize a passage of someone else's writing in their own words. Students who plagiarize a paper receive an F in the course. The general education "writing across the curriculum" policy requires that students write at least 2500+ words. As part of the grading/assessment strategy in this course, students will receive continual feedback on written assignments.


Class participation will often be facilitated by the instructor with discussion prompts each week. The discussion board feature of PAWS will be used to conduct our class participation and discussion of the literature we read during the term. Keeping in touch with the members of the class and the instructor via class discussion is an important part of the class; doing so is vital in an online course, as is keeping up with assignments and maintaining self-discipline and self-motivation. Students will be expected to make at least two substantive, thoughtful contributions to the discussion board each week.

Participation / Attendance Policy

All assignments for the entire course are easily visible in the course modules inside PAWS, and each assignment is given a due date for completion. All due dates for all the essays, discussion postings, and tests are clearly posted in the Calendar of our PAWS class. Students should be mindful of those due dates posted in the Calendar and should submit assignments in a timely manner. There will be point deductions for late submission of assigned work.

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

Contact me concerning this class through PAWS email. In the case of emergencies only, use my Southwest email account: dbranch@southwest.tn.edu

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule

This course includes a survey of world literature masterpieces from the earliest beginnings to about 1600.

We will be reading assigned sections of literature from a variety of points on the globe. Along the way we will examine selected topics in the cultures, languages and traditions of the societies that produced the works under study. An emphasis will be placed on critical reading and thinking as seen in students' writing.

Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center (ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at http://www.southwest.tn.edu.

Academic Misconduct

You should know that I deal with plagiarism harshly. If you plagiarize an essay or part of an essay, you may fail the course. According to Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, plagiarism is "to steal and pass off as one's own [the ideas or words of another]; to present as one's own an idea or product derived from an existing source." Using "I didn't realize I was plagiarizing" as an excuse is not a valid excuse. If you ever have any questions about whether or not you may be plagiarizing an essay, you should discuss the matter with me before you turn in your essay.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30


  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.