English 364OL - The Short Story - Spring 2015
Course Number: 14153
Online - Time Arranged
Completion of the lower-division writing requirement and upper division standing. Not allowed for credit in the English major and minor.
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;
2. trace different attitudes as seen in literature during different periods of writing;
3. evaluate style and thematic ideas;
4. discuss theoretical approaches to literature;
5. successfully navigate the Internet;
6. engage in asynchronous (bulletin board forum) discussions.
Welcome to English 364OL, an upper division general education course in the genre of the short story! In this discussion-based virtual classroom, we will study a variety of stories with varying themes, written at different periods of time, and authored by a diverse group of writers. The goal of our course is to appreciate the short story as a genre of literature and to enhance students' analytical reading and writing skills.
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 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.
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 the end of week one.
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Students concerned with accessibility to digital course materials should contact the Center on Disabilities (COD) for assistance.