II ENG 245


Document Type

Course Change

Alternate Date

2007 - 2008


KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2007-2008 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM DATE: October 1, 2007 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Identify the department and chair. Include phone number and email address. ENGLISH--William Stroup 8-2692, wstroup@keene.edu PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Identify the person(s) who should be contacted regarding the proposal. Include phone number and email address. This person is expected to attend Divisional and/or Senate Curriculum meetings to discuss the proposal. Michael Antonucci------8-2980----------mantonucci@keene.edu TITLE SUMMARY: IIENG245: READINGS IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE PROPOSED ACTION: Underline proposed changes . Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Replacement EXISTING (OLD) DATA: None PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE TITLE: Readings in African-American Literature & Culture Readings in Af-Am Lit&Culture IIENG 245 PROPOSED (NEW) COURSE DESCRIPTION: An interdisciplinary introduction to African-American literature and culture which considers oral, written and performed texts by African American cultural practitioners. Literary texts from 18th-, 19th- and 20th-centuries African American writers will be read in conversation with critical musical, political and theoretical works. Prerequisite: ITW 101. Fall LEARNING OUTCOMES: English Program Outcomes for 200-level courses: 1. Students will build on the experience reading in a body of literature in 200-level literature courses 2. Students will demonstrate their ability to read literature as a product of its historical and cultural moment 3. Students will demonstrate their ability to make interpretive claims that are informed by literary criticism, theory, or other outside or interdisciplinary contexts 4. Students will demonstrate their awareness of the critical debates about literature and the questions that arise (whether cultural, national, ethnic, or evaluative) in these critical and popular debates 5. Students will demonstrate their ability to contribute to an informed conversation about literature. 6. Students will demonstrate their ability to show how a text facilitates the making of meaning through close attention to the relationship between content and form. 7. Students will demonstrate their ability to identify and discuss traditional and innovative literary devices and style. 8. Students will demonstrate their ability to formulate a thesis; to organize, develop and sustain an argument supporting that thesis; and to revise, edit and proofread their work Integrative Studies Outcome: Diversity Students will be able to recognize how differences shape approaches to identity, knowledge and power. Interdisciplinary Outcomes: Students will be able to: • Cross disciplinary boundaries to reveal new patterns and connections that reframe knowledge. • Analyze the assumptions and actions of society from multiple perspectives. Skills Outcomes: Reading, writing, critical thinking, critical dialogue Students will be able to: Identify contextual issues, key points, relevant information in the texts Read with an awareness of purpose Ask questions that lead to greater understanding of the material Write with a purpose; with authority; with syntactical and grammatical competence Write for an audience using clear organizational schema and goals Demonstrate the ability and willingness to approach a particular idea, problem, task or goal from multiple perspectives and ask sophisticated questions about it Gather, analyze and interpret evidence in order to develop analytical arguments Apply critical thinking to important ethical and societal issues and problems Speak with purpose and use language appropriate for audience Demonstrate active listening and appropriate nonverbal behaviors RATIONALE: Explain why this change is being made. Address the connection with institutional mission, and/or department, program, and course objectives. This course provides an important contribution to teaching Diversity in our Integrative Studies program. Under the previous catalog, a course with this content was available only in upper-level courses for English majors. With this course addition, both majors and non-majors can be introduced to this field. RESOURCES: This course will be taught yearly by Assistant Professor Michael Antonucci, and perhaps others as well. What additional library resources will be required? Has the library been consulted to determine the adequacy of library holdings or to estimate the cost to improve these sufficiently? A series of CDs which feature recordings of African-American folk songs and spirituals. Prof. Antonucci has been in contact with library acquisitions about such materials ADVISORY OPINIONS: None required SIGNATURE PAGE 2007-2008 1. Sponsoring Program: _______English__________________ Chair: _______________________ For _11__ Against _0__ Abstain_0__ Absent 1___ Date __October 9, 2007________ 2. Advisory Opinions: List the names of the affected departments and include department responses. None required. 3. School Curriculum Committee (or the ISPC ONLY for Course Proposals designated II): Comment: For ___ Against ___ Abstain ___ Absent ___ Chair: ________________________Date ________ 4. Dean: Comment: As a course that builds on the writing skills introduced in the Foundation course, this course will be capped at 28. Approved____ Not Approved____ Signature: _________ Date ________ 5. Senate Curriculum Committee: Comment: For ___ Against___ Abstain ___ Absent ___ Chair: __________________________Date _________ 6. Keene State College Senate: Passed ___ Failed ___ Information___ Signature: ____________________________ Date ________ 7. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs: Passed ___ Failed ___ Information___ Signature: _____________________________Date ________ 8. President: Passed ___ Failed ___ Information___ Signature: ____________________________ Date ________


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II ENG 245