Foreign Literature In Translation 150









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General Information

FLIT 150: `The basic elements of modern civilization have their origins in Greece and Rome. These are explored, with special emphasis on historical development and on their impact on contemporary society. This course is conducted entirely in English; no knowledge of Greek, Latin, or Hebrew is presumed.'


  • (1) Mortimer Chambers, et al. (edd.), The Western Experience 8th edition VOLUME A of the 3 vol. edition (Knopf 2006) paper
  • (2) D. S. Gochberg (ed.), Classics of Western Thought: The Ancient World 4th edition (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1987) paper


  • 30%    (1) A MIDTERM EXAMINATION, tentatively scheduled for FRIDAY of the 8th week of class. This exam will test all material assigned and/or discussed in lectures during the first 7 weeks of the course, including but not necessarily limited to short ID's, and an essay. Choices of topic and of ID's is given.

  • 40%   (2) A FINAL EXAMINATION, including an essay, at the time scheduled by the Administration in the middle of December. The final will test in greater depth the material covered from the 8th week of the course. The exam is not `comprehensive' but some material from the first seven weeks may be relevant and may be tested. Various question-forms may appear, including True-False, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blanks, identification of passages from the readings of ancient texts, and essays.

  • 30%    (3) OCCASIONAL QUIZZES, of fifteen minutes in length, questions including True-False, multiple choice, fill-in-the-blanks, or identification of passages from the readings of ancient texts (as to author or character or idea). This is designed to make certain that the material from Gochberg is being read with attention and care.


Normally,  NO makeups are allowed.  At the professor's sole discretion, however, and after the presentation of an explanation and supporting documentation by the student, a re-examination may be allowed.


At the end of the term there are occasionally student(s) who are unable to complete the course requirements in a timely fashion according to the University Schedule of Classes and Schedule of Exams. Please read the policy statement and instructions for a person who falls into this category at the end of the term. It is the student's responsibility to see to this matter.

Cheating and plagarism:

Consult the University Catalogue for definitions. A student's work is assumed to be the sole work of the student and no one else; any collaboration, unless authorized by the Instructor, constitutes plagarism. The Instructor will assign a grade of "Zero" for an assignment on which cheating or plagarism is detected.

Grading in this course is on a plus-minus [+/-] basis.

A     93+
A-    90-92
B+   87-89
B     84-86
B-    80-83
C+   77-79
C     74-76
C-    70-73
D+   67-70
D     64-66
D-    60-63
F      less than 60

Due to the nature of the course and the large number of students regularly enrolled, NO EXTRA CREDIT projects are offered or allowed.

The lectures given in this course are the intellectual property of the Instructor and under his copyright. They may not be recorded in any form, including tape recording, video recording, phone video or audio recording, etc., the sole exception being the taking of class notes by the student personally or by an authorized substitite. Such notes are for the sole purpose of a student's study to fulfill the requirements of the course. Any other use is forbidden. If you wish to obtain any exception to this policy, you must obtain the express written consent of the Instructor.


The rules of the Department of Modern & Classical Languages and Literatures require attendance at every class. If the student misses more than ONE class in a once-a-week lecture schedule (without an excused absence) the instructor is entitled to reduce the final grade one step. A sign-up sheet will be passed around at every meeting, and it is the student's responsibility to sign-in. Absence may be excused, if the student presents a written explanation and any evidence relevant to an excuse (Doctor's note, employer's note, etc.)


The professor's office is located in Sierra Tower, Room 435. (Office telephone 677-3459; Departmental telephone: 677-3467)

MWF     7:30-7:50
W         12:15-12:45
F          10:45-11:15
and by appointment


The Professor is on-line and can be contacted by E-mail at

This is the Professor's regular business email address; do not send email intended for the professor to any other address, in particular not to the Yahoo! Group address. The Yahoo Group email inbox is not read every day.

The use of e-mail for matters of lesser importance is encouraged.



January 26, 2013 8:33 PM

John Adams, CSUN

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