ENGL-2650: African American Literature ( Online | Spring 2018 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Loretta McBride

Instructor Rank


Instructor Email lmcbride@southwest.tn.edu
Instructor Website


Instructor Office

MAB 251-E

Office Hours

Mondays and Wednesdays, 8-9 a.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-9 a.m.and 10:45-11:45 a.m. and

By Appointment

Macon Campus, MAB-251E, 333-4605

Instructor Phone


Department Fax

901 333-5212

Department Phone

901 333-5208

Course Information
Course Description

This course will focus on African American writers. Works representing the dramatic, lyrical, and narrative modes of discourse will be examined for their enlightenment into African American life and thought and for their historical significance. Students will improve their skills in reading comprehension, critical interpretation, and expository writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 1020

Student Learning Objectives

The goal of the Humanities requirement is to enhance the understanding of students who, as citizens and educated members of their communities, need to know and appreciate their own human cultural heritage and its development in a historical and global context. Also, through study of Humanities, students will develop an understanding, which they otherwise would not have, of the present as informed by the past. Students will demonstrate the ability to:

1. Explore global/cultural diversity.

2. Frame a comparative context through which they can critically assess the ideas, forces, and values that have created the modern world.

3. Recognize the ways in which both change and continuity have affected human history.

4. Practice the critical and analytical methodologies of the Humanities.


ENGL 1020

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text

The Norton Anthology of African American Literature.  Ed. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., et. al. 3rd ed. Volumes 1 & 2. Norton. 2014.

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
Grading Scale


90-100%    900-1000    A

80-89%      800-899      B

70-79%      700-799      C

60-69%      600-699      D

59-0%        599-0          F

Major Assignments

Points   Assignment

250       Poetry paper

250       Fiction/Drama paper

130       5 Journals & 8 Quizzes

130       Discussion

120       Mid-term

120       Final

Participation / Attendance Policy

Participation is based upon your submission of required assignments. There are Extra Credit points.

Attendance is a non-issue, as we are an online environment. The issues that on-ground students present (car trouble, illness, and the like) do not apply here because assignments are open for days/weeks/months, not just the day that you would have to "attend" class. So there are no "excused" or "unexcused" absences.

Policy on Student Professional Conduct


Southwest's catalog states, "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." I will give a zero for the assignment or, depending on the severity of the offense, an F for the course.


In all interactions within the class, please be civil. While some will perhaps express differing opinions, we do not have to react in a hostile, aggressive manner. Argue the point, not the person.

Additional Policies


Because we are online and not hindered by the constraints of on-ground students, there are no "excused" or "unexcused absences." I expect you to turn in assignments on or before the due date. Many assignments are open for days/weeks/months, so I don't accept late submissions.

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

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

See Reading Assignments for each module.

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

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.