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prerequisites: ENGL 1301
required texts: Lowry, The Giver (Yearling); Pinker, The Blank Slate (Penguin); Boulle, Planet of the Apes (Del Rey). You must also purchase, somewhere, a packet of 4x6 notecards.
syllabus: This syllabus may be updated as the semester goes on. I may post updated versions that indicate readings, discussion plans, and reference materials. However, every component of your grade is shown here at the beginning. Please refer to the date and time of printing (at the bottom of each page) to see when the version you are holding was printed. For continuous updates look on line at http://www.uta.edu/english/tim/courses/1302s04/1302index.html
course description: This course is an introduction to academic argument. We will study human nature and read academic and literary texts that argue about human nature and human evolutionary psychology.
course objectives: Students who successfully complete this course will have been introduced to academic arguments over human nature, an interdisciplinary field that can serve as a model for future study. They will have studied how arguments are waged in literary texts. They will have practiced analysis of academic argument, and they will have done some initial secondary research on academic topics in the humanities and social sciences.
drop policy: UTA instructors may not drop students for any reason. You may choose to drop with a W until 16 April.
assignments: daily notecards, four essays. No quizzes, no midterms, no final exam. All work may be handwritten.
grading: Grading is on a point basis, with 100 total points possible for the semester. If you make 90-100 points for the semester, you will make an A for the course; 80-89 is a B; 70-79 is a C; 69 or lower but with all assignments completed is a Z; 69 or lower with assignments missing is an F.
academic dishonesty policy: It is the philosophy of The University of Texas at Arlington that academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." [Regents' Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter Vi, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22]
disability policy: The University of Texas at Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 93112--The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. With the passage of new federal legislation entitled Americans with Disabilities Act - (ADA), pursuant to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens. As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide "reasonable accommodation" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Student responsibility primarily rests with informing faculty at the beginning of the semester and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels.
student success: The University of Texas at Arlington supports a variety of student success programs to help you connect with the University and achieve academic success. They include learning assistance, developmental education, advising and mentoring, admission and transition, and federally funded programs. Students requiring assistance academically, personally, or socially should contact the Office of Student Success Programs at 817-272-6107 for more information and appropriate referrals.
library: Noel Anderson is the Librarian for the English Department. He can be reached at 817 272 3000, ext. 7428, and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org You will find online databases for English among the Arts & Humanities databases at http://www2.uta.edu/library/subjguides/dbEnglish.asp
schedule of assignments and readings:
Tues 20 Jan: introductions, syllabus
Thurs 22 Jan: evolution and humans: an overview
Tues 27 Jan: The Giver 1-49; notecard
Thurs 29 Jan: The Giver 50-117; notecard
Tues 3 Feb: The Giver 118-180; notecard
Thurs 5 Feb: Essay #1 due. We meet today in B20 Library for an orientation session with Noel Anderson.
Tues 10 Feb: Pinker ch 1; notecard
Thurs 12 Feb: Pinker ch 2; notecard
Tues 17 Feb: Pinker ch 3; notecard
Thurs 19 Feb: Pinker ch 4; notecard
Tues 24 Feb: Pinker ch 5; notecard
Thurs 26 Feb: Pinker ch 6; notecard
Tues 2 March: Pinker ch 7; notecard
Thurs 4 March: Essay #2 due
Tues 9 March: Pinker ch 13; notecard
Thurs 11 March: Pinker ch 14; notecard
T 16, Th 18 March: SPRING BREAK
Tues 23 March: Pinker ch 15; notecard
Thurs 25 March: Pinker ch 16; notecard
Tues 30 March: Pinker ch 17; notecard
Thurs 1 Apr: Pinker ch 18; notecard
Tues 6 Apr: Pinker ch 19; notecard
Thurs 8 Apr:
Essay #3 due
Tues 13 Apr: "slack"
Thurs 15 Apr: Essay #3 now due
Fri 16 Apr: last date to drop
Tues 20 Apr: Planet of the Apes 3-51; notecard
Thurs 22 Apr: Planet of the Apes 53-161; notecard
Tues 27 Apr: Planet of the Apes 163-268; notecard
Thurs 29 Apr: Essay #4 due
Tues 4 May: last class meeting; course evaluations
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