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STUDENT WARNING: This course syllabus is from a previous semester archive and serves only as a preparatory reference. Please use this syllabus as a reference only until the professor opens the classroom and you have access to the updated course syllabus. Please do NOT purchase any books or start any work based on this syllabus; this syllabus may NOT be the one that your individual instructor uses for a course that has not yet started. If you need to verify course textbooks, please refer to the online course description through your student portal.


This syllabus is proprietary material of APUS.







Course #LITR341
Course Name: Folklore of the World
Credit Hours 3
Length of Course 8 weeks
Prerequisite(s) ENGL101 highly recommended, ENGL 120/200 also highly recommended




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Instructor Information

Evaluation Procedures

Course Description

Grading Scale

Course Scope

Course Outline

Course Objectives

Policies

Course Delivery Method

Academic Services

Course Materials

Selected Bibliography




Course Description (Catalog)

This course provides a survey of traditional tales and oral literature in preliterate and peasant communities and in industrialized societies, as well as the role of folk customs in modern culture.  Emphasis will be placed on an independent research project related to local folklore to be investigated by each student.
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Course Scope



Scope:

This course will provide students the opportunity to read a variety of representative folk tales from diverse cultures, and to exercise critical thinking skills in the understanding of the roles of these selections as the “teaching stories” of various societies. Emphasis is on identifying, interpreting and analyzing accepted behaviors for members of a society as passed down through literary example. Due to the online nature of this course, students are expected to be proactive and self-motivated in achieving desired objectives.

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Course Objectives

Objectives:

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Analyze selected works for morals, messages and cautions of selected works

  • Cite examples through written papers that demonstrate literary competency and critical thinking skills as well as MLA format

  • Evaluate and select relevant criticism and other sources for additional understanding

  • Draw conclusions concerning diverse themes within a societal “teaching” context

  • Distinguish cultural differences based on their folklore

  • Produce and revise additional folklore that parallels an existing and known/studied tale

  • Manage multiple assignments during the same timeframe

  • Demonstrate understanding of characters and beliefs of numerous cultures studied through their folklore

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Course Delivery Method


This B.A. in English course delivered via distance learning will enable students to complete academic work in a flexible manner, completely online. Course materials and access to an online learning management system will be made available to each student. Online assignments are due by the last day of each week (Sunday and Friday for the last week of class) and include individual assignments (submitted for review by the Faculty Member), and may include Discussion Board questions (accomplished in groups through a threaded discussion board). Assigned faculty will support the students throughout this eight-week (or 16 week)course.

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Course Materials

Required texts:

Gardner, Janet E. Writing about Literature: A Portable Guide. Boston, New York: Bedford/St


Martin’s. 2009.


Hallet, Martin and Barbara Karasek, eds. Folk and Fairy Tales, 4th Edition. Toronto: Broadview Press.


2009. ISBN: 1-55111-495-x.


Yolen, Jane, ed. Favorite Folktales from Around the World. New York: Pantheon Books. 1986. ISBN 0-


394-75188-4.


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Evaluation Procedures

Based on a point system, your grade will be calculated as follows:

6 Weekly Mini Essays @ 50 points each = 300

1 Research Paper @ 200 points= 200

1 Abstract for the Research Paper @ 50 points= 50

Total Points 550

Critical Reading:


Reading critically means reading actively, evaluating and analyzing what you read as you read. This means looking for patterns (a repeated image, for example, or the repetition of phrases or actions), paying attention to what characters are doing and saying, and especially how their behavior changes as the story progresses.


Most importantly: Please remember that literature was not written to be studied – it was written to be enjoyed. The purpose of “studying” these works is to enhance our understanding – and our enjoyment – of them. When you sit down to do your weekly reading, please try not to approach the task as “homework.” Not only will this raise your blood pressure and possibly bring on migraines, it will also dampen your critical reading skills. You will understand more of, generate more insights into, and remember more details of the works you are reading if you let yourself enjoy reading them.

Contacting Me:


Contact with me must occur on a regular basis. (You need to contact me once each week as per university standards.) All contact may be made via the Internet. I respond quickly to e-mail, so contact me whenever you have questions. Handing in your assignments on time each week also constitutes regular contact, so no additional email may be necessary. I expect to hear from you once each week.


In the body of your e-mails to me, please include your name and the course number. (Seth Bowen EN202) You can set up a signature block to include this information. Look under “E-mail Preferences” inside the classroom and set up the signature block.

PLAGIARISM—READ VERY CAREFULLY!


There are many forms of plagiarism. Copying work from someone else, using a paper not written by you, using a paper you wrote for another class, not giving proper credit to sources, and not documenting correctly are all forms of plagiarism. If you commit any blatant act of plagiarism such as submitting work that is not your own, then you WILL be held to the standard of the university plagiarism policy. You WILL fail that assignment and likely the course. The infraction will be placed in your permanent school file and if there is a second infraction, you can be expelled from the university.


There are also some forms of plagiarism that are seemingly unintentional—mistakes that are made because you are not yet sure HOW to go about things. This is a junior level class and it is expected that you will not make these mistakes. The first several assignments will be deducted a point or two and those penalties will grow as the class proceeds. Not using a proper Works Cited page when you need one, not using proper citations when you should, not including the correct information in your citations or Works Cited page, and incorrect paraphrases (this is usually a killer, so please, don’t do it if you don’t know how to do it properly—or, learn how to do it properly) are all things we will work on and that I will expect you to master by the last weeks of the course. Check the posted notes for penalties and such for your class for infractions of this nature.


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