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English 300 - Swenson

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Contact Information


Prof Pat Swenson

Sierra Tower 833

Phone: 818.677.0905

Office Hour: Monday 11:15am-12:15pm

Campus Email: pat.swenson@csun.edu

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Course Assignments


Major Assignments
(To be posted via our Turnitin links on our Moodle course page)

Required Materials



2. RED BIRD: POEMS by Mary Oliver

3. ROSE by Li-Young Lee


5. PIANO LESSON by August Wilson

Course Policies

Late Work

Please post your responses by the due dates in our schedule. You may post your work early, but plan to re-visit the whole-class forums to read/respond to your peers. Late papers and forum posts can be turned in one week late, but you cannot earn higher than a C for a late paper/post. Work posted more than one week after the due date will not be accepted.


Visit our Final Grade Breakdown webpage for a detailed breakdown of forums and Turnitin posts. This page serves as our Student-Teacher contract. Please be sure you understand the grading breakdown so there are no "surprises" at the end of the semester.

Your final grade will be determined as follows:

1. Response to Anthology Stories & Online Poems: 40%

2. Red Bird Analysis: 15%

3. Rose Poetry Analysis: 15%

4. Sorcerer's Stone Analysis: 15%

5. Piano Lesson Analysis: 15%

NOTE: Whole-class forum postings will be graded 'A' for effort and thoughtfulness. Please leave yourself enough time to read and respond to your peers. You will receive a letter grade for each Turnitin assignment.

Note that each Whole-Class Forum has its own question and posting instructions - please click on the discussion link listed on our Moodle page. Should you have any questions, please email me.

Academic Dishonesty

According to the CSUN catalogue, plagiarism is the act of “intentionally or knowingly representing the words, ideas, or works of another as one’s own in any academic exercise,” and will result in a failing grade for the assignment. In addition, it may result in a failing grade for the course and disciplinary action on the part of the university. Internet software is available to assist CSUN faculty to scan student writing. ALL student assignments will be scanned for plagiarism.

Please adhere to the CSUN Student Conduct Code for all course activities, including email, forum and chat discussions, and written and oral analyses.

Course Description & Requirements


English 300OL - Contemporary Literature

Online - Time Arranged

Download the PDF Version of Syllabus/Grade Contract

Download the PDF Version of Course Lectures

Download the PDF Version of our Major Assignments

Course Prerequisites:

Completion of the lower-division writing requirement and upper division standing. Not allowed for credit in the English major and minor.

Enrollment Procedures

CSUN regularly enrolled students register for online courses in the same manner as they register for any course. If you wish to add the course after the semester begins, you must email the course Professor for a permission number.

Student Learning Objectives

During the semester, you will learn to:

1. identify the elements of fiction, poetry, and drama (film);

2. trace different attitudes as seen in literature during the contemporary period;

3. evaluate style and thematic ideas;

4. discuss theoretical approaches to literature;

5. successfully navigate the Internet;

6. engage in asynchronous forum discussions.

Course Requirements

Welcome to English 300OL, an upper division general education course in Contemporary Literature! In this discussion-based course, we will study and analyze selected major works of fiction, poetry, and drama and major authors since approximately the end of World War II in England and America.

NOTE: This class will NOT meet live; All homework must be completed by midnight EVERY Saturday!

Since this is mostly a discussion class, the success of this course depends on active participation. We will apply "Reader Response Theory" to all forum discussions. In other words, I want to hear how you, the reader, interact with the readings. All thoughtful opinions and insights are valued and welcomed -- just be prepared to explain your theories!

NOTE: CSUN's GE Upper Division Writing Policy states that all upper-division required GE courses be designated writing-intensive. In each such course, students will be required to complete writing assignments totaling a minimum of 2,500 words. To fulfill the GE Upper Division Writing Policy, you will be required to post responses to our readings in a variety of ways.

Technical Requirements

Students will need to have access to the Internet - either Microsoft Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari - and an active CSUN email account to access the Moodle system. To activate your CSUN e-mail address or reset its password use the account utility page.

Instructions will be provided for all computer activities; you may visit CSUN's IT for Students site for information on technical requirements and applications. CSUN also provides information on computer resources and availability. Please be familiar with CSUN's online applications, particularly Moodle, prior to our first meeting.


It is the policy of the CSU to make information technology resources and services accessible to all CSU students, faculty, staff and the general public regardless of disability. The California State University System is undertaking an unprecedented and coordinated effort to bring the CSU into compliance with federal and state laws pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under Section 508, agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others.

Students concerned with accessibility to digital course materials should contact the Center on Disabilities (COD) for assistance.