TRIN205 ENGLISH-AMERICAN CULTURE – SYLLABUS (FALL 2018)
(Part of English-American and French Culture)
Last updated: 21 September 2018

Erin Maloney
LC104 – 290-2067
Office Hours
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COURSE ROOM AND TIMES:
  • Section 2: Tuesdays, 13.40 to 15.30 (in LB-101)
  • Section 1: Wednesdays, 15.40 to 17.30 (in LA-114 LB-101)
GOALS OF COURSE
  • To think critically about the basic history of the rise and fall of the British Empire, and four countries where English is common: England, India, the United States, and Canada
  • To think critically about culture in four countries: England, India, the United States, and Canada
  • To use films as a vehicle for thinking critically – both historically and culturally – for these four countries
  • To write short- and medium-length essays about these countries' history and culture, using your own words and citations
METHODS OF EVALUATION: 100 points (which is "half" of your English-American and French Culture course mark):
  • Homework (Four Moodle Q & A Forums): 40 points – each worth 10 points
  • Midterm (Moodle Q & A Forum): 20 points
  • Assignment (to be announced): 10 points
  • Final (Moodle Q & A Forum): 20 points
  • Participation: 10 points
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO QUALIFY FOR FINAL EXAM (in English-American Culture)
  • Participate in 80% or more of course (18 out of 23 class hours)
  • Complete 2 or more homework forums
  • Complete midterm forum
OTHER NOTES
  • Times for forums will be announced in class and via email
  • For English-American Culture, a "C" is 73%, while an "F" is 59% or lower; see General Grade Scale; English-American Culture counts for 50% of your total mark in English-American and French Culture.
PROTOCOL
  • Cheating / Plagiarizing: Unacceptable, with disciplinary action for gross or multiple offences.
  • Mandatory Films: Students are required to see four films, before the classes in which they are discussed. All films are available in the Bilkent Library. If students request, Erin will schedule times in the library for watching these films.
  • Mandatory and Optional Reading Materials: to be announced; will be available from Moodle.
  • Participation: For each class, students are expected to be on time and prepared to take notes (with a pen and notebook, or with a electronic device). Students who get caught using personal electronic devices during class for socializing, however, will lose participation for that hour. Students are expected to use the bathroom during breaks, and follow other basic protocol for academic classes. Students must also check their email for course information at least once per day
  • Visiting Erin in her Office: Strongly encouraged.

COURSE SCHEDULE AND CONTENT

WEEK 1 (25/26 SEPTEMBER): Introduction
  • Syllabus
  • Erin's web site and Moodle
  • Students' questions

    WEEK 2 (2/3 OCTOBER): British History

    WEEK 3 (9/10 OCTOBER): British History (cont.)
  • See Pride before Week 4

    WEEK 4 (16/17 OCTOBER): English Culture and Pride

    WEEK 5 (23/24 OCTOBER): US History

    WEEK 6 (30/31 OCTOBER): US History (cont.) and Mid-Term Elections

    WEEK 7 (7 NOVEMBER): US Mid-Term Elections (cont.) and Culture
    All students from both sections will meet with French Culture on Tuesday, and with English-American Culture on Wednesday. (Room TBA)

    WEEK 8 (13/14 NOVEMBER): No regular class – Moodle Forum as Midterm; See I, Tonya before Week 9

    WEEK 9 (20/21 NOVEMBER): US Culture (cont.) and I, Tonya

    WEEK 10 (27/28 NOVEMBER): Indian History
  • See Monsoon Wedding before Week 11

    WEEK 11 (4/5 DECEMBER): Indian Culture and Monsoon Wedding

    WEEK 12 (11/12 DECEMBER): Canadian History
  • See Bon Cop, Bad Cop before Week 13

    WEEK 13 (18/19 DECEMBER): Canadian Culture and Bon Cop, Bad Cop

    WEEK 14 (25/26 DECEMBER): No regular class – Assignment

    FINAL EXAM: Moodle Forum