Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Spring Seminar Syllabus


Honors in Oxford:  Writing, Performing, and Curating Millennial Britain
HUM 398-A
SLN:  SLN 14183
Term:  Spring Quarter 2011
Location:  MGH 278
Class Hours:  M 1:30-3:20
Instructor:  Brian Reed
Office:  Padelford A-105
Office Hours:  M 10-12, W 1-5
Office Phone:  (206) 543-6077


Course Description


This 2-credit class will prepare you for the 8-credit Summer Abroad in Oxford Program.  We will be learning about Oxford University and Britain more generally while also starting to take a look at the kinds of research and writing that will be asked of you.  You will also have an opportunity to meet with the people who have a hand in running this program:  Brian Reed (English), Julie Villegas (Honors), and Jill McKinstrey (UW Libraries).


Required Texts

Materials will be made available to you as handouts or electronically as the quarter progresses.  If you have to miss a session for whatever reason, contact Brian to find out what you should be reading or viewing.


Course Requirements

 Overview of Requirements and Their Weight in Determining Your Final Grade:

·      Participation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      70 %
·      Blog Entries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       30 %

Participation

Please make a good faith effort to do the readings in advance, attend as many classes as possible, and make your voice heard.  Everyone benefits.  And I don’t go hoarse.

Blog Entries

On 11 April, you will be setting up the blogs that you will be using for both the remainder of the spring and during the summer program.  You will be required to post once a week, starting the week of 18  April, for a total of seven required entries, by the end of the week of 30 May.  An entry can be of any length, from a short paragraph to several screens, but it should in some fashion relate to the program, the readings, the overall topic, or the general experience.





HUM 398:  An Overview
Week    Day                    Topic                                           Comments
One
28 March
Welcome & Overview

Two
4 April
British History

Three
11 April
Blog Workshop

Four
18 April
Oxford Orientation
EVENING MEETING, TIME TBA (5:30-7:30?)
Five
25 April
Reading I:  Short Story

Six
2 May
Research I:  Topics

Seven
9 May
Reading II:  Short Story

Eight
16 May
Research II:  Questions

Nine
23 May
Reading III:  Visual Culture

Ten
30 May
Final Preparation

Eleven
TBA
Breakfast Video Conference
Orientation Live from Oxford!

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