English 514-001:  Elizabethan Literature (Spring 2014), 3 credits

TR 2:00-3:15, Owens 210

Professor's Information



Note:  This syllabus is for both undergraduates and graduate students.  Divisions within some of the following sections are clearly marked with boldfaced headings.



Course Description


English 514—offered for graduate and undergraduate credit and centered on three main figures:  Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe, and William Shakespeare—surveys poetry, prose narratives, drama, and critical theory of the Elizabethan period (1558-1603).  The requirements include a midterm examination to be written in class, response papers, a longer researched essay, a final examination, attendance, and participation.  The course will operate almost exclusively on the basis of small- and large-group discussion. ENGL 203 is a prerequisite.


General Education Goals for Undergraduates

You can find more on the touchstone program at http://www.winthrop.edu/touchstone/default.aspx?id=31829. The Touchstone Program is Winthrop University’s distinctive approach to general education.  CRTW 201 helps students make progress toward several of their goals (italicized) in the Touchstone Program. 

Goal One: To communicate clearly and effectively in standard English.
Goal Two: To acquire and appreciate quantitative skills.
Goal Three: To use critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and a variety of research methods.
Goal Four: To recognize and appreciate human diversity (both past and present) as well as the diversity of ideas, institutions, philosophies, moral codes, and ethical principles.
Goal Five: To understand scientific knowledge in terms of its methods or acquisition, its specific quantitative nature, and its dynamic and contingent character.
Goal Six: To understand aesthetic values, the creative process, and the interconnectedness of the literary, visual, and performing arts throughout the history of civilization.
Goal Seven: To examine values, attitudes, beliefs, and habits which define the nature and quality of life.

See a complete listing of course goals for the Department of English at http://www.winthrop.edu/cas/english/default.aspx?id=20751.



Learning Outcomes for Undergraduates


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Objectives and Outcomes for Graduate Students

Within the content knowledge area, students will demonstrate knowledge of various forms of written texts, major periods in the history of English, American, and world literatures, and the standard terminology of literary analysis. Also, students will demonstrate knowledge of professional standards of grammar and mechanics, scholarly reference methodology and tools, and various critical approaches to literary analysis.


Graduate Students:  Student Objectives: Content Knowledge.

The student will demonstrate knowledge of:

  1. various forms of written texts (including fiction, poetry, drama, essay, and other literary genres)
  2. major periods in the history of English, American, and world literature in terms of cultural contexts, styles, dominant genres, language, and subject matter
  3. major similarities and differences among British, American, and other national literatures
  4. professional standards of grammar, mechanics, and usage accepted in the scholarly community
  5. standard reference tools, methods, and forms of documentation used in scholarly research
  6. the standard terminology of literary analysis used in scholarly writing
  7. various critical perspectives such as the formalist, structuralist, and post-structuralist approaches
  8. the English language, including its structure, grammar, vocabulary, and historical development
  9. writers from different cultural, ethnic, and minority backgrounds


Graduate Students:  Student Objectives: Skills in Analysis, Writing, and Communication.

The student will:

  1. present orally the findings of research and critical analysis
  2. demonstrate the correct use of standard reference tools, the proper handling of primary and secondary sources, and proper documentation of all sources
  3. write research papers and critical analyses on appropriate topics from language, literature, or pedagogy
  4. demonstrate a publishable level of critical, creative, or pedagogical materials
  5. sustain a high standard of written expression in lengthy critical or creative works (including but not limited to theses)
  6. demonstrate synthesizing skills through a comprehensive final examination




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Course Requirements for Undergraduates (a.k.a. Student Learning Activities)



Course Requirements for Graduate Students (a.k.a. Student Learning Activities)



Notes on Requirements




Other Course Policies


Format for Papers 



Departmental Policies and Procedures

"Unless your professor specifies otherwise on her or his syllabus, the following policies and procedures apply for all courses offered by the Department of English (CRTW, ENGL, ENGE, and WRIT)."  --Department of English

Goals: Goals for all courses in the Department of English, including those that meet requirements for NCATE certification, are described at http://www.winthrop.edu/english/goals.htm.  

Touchstone/General Education Goals: This course meets Touchstone goals #s 1, 3, 4, 6, and 7; and counts toward the "Skills for Common Experience and Thinking Across Disciplines" General Education requirement.

Syllabus Change Policy: The version of your instructor's policy posted on her/his website, WebCT site, or www.turnitin.com site is the official policy statement for your class. This page may change during the semester, so make sure you check it frequently to keep up with changes.

Resources: The English Department’s home page is http://www.winthrop.edu/english.  Please check there for links to instructors' webpages, course materials, and The English Major's Handbook http://www.winthrop.edu/cas/english/default.aspx?id=20804 of useful links.

Office Hours: My office hours this semester are MTWR, 3:30-4:30. I will make every effort to be available during these hours or to notify you if I cannot be available.  If you want to have a conference with me, please make an appointment. I will NOT be available under any circumstances on Fridays:  this is my own dedicated research time. 

E-mail List Serves: Winthrop automatically generates a listserv for each class using the Winthrop e-mail addresses of all students enrolled in a class on the first day of instruction. If you add the class late or if you prefer to use an alternate e-mail address, you must personally enroll in the listserv. You can find the instructions for doing so at http://www.winthrop.edu/acc/imailsrv.asp.

Contacting Your Instructor: All instructors in the Department have voice mail in their offices and Winthrop e-mail addresses. Make sure you write down your instructor’s phone number and e-mail address where you will not lose it. You can leave messages for your instructor in the department mailroom, 248 Bancroft, which is open from 8:30-5:00 each day.

Instructor Accessibility: You can expect me to be available as a resource from which to draw and to obtain feedback. I am very responsive to email questions as long as I know who the email is from and have all information necessary to provide a complete answer. Please be sure to “sign” your emails as oftentimes email names are confusing at best (e.g., brownb1@winthrop.edu could be Bob Brown or Beth Brown). Please make sure to speak slowly and comprehensibly if leaving a voicemail so that I can decipher the name, message, and return phone number as well.

What you cannot expect of me is to be available 24/7. While I do check my email and voicemail regularly, I do not necessarily check them more than once a day or late in the evenings. I never check e-mail or voice mail on weekends.  Therefore, if you procrastinate on an assignment, you may not have the information you need to complete the assignment appropriately. Please plan your time accordingly to maximize the probability that you will receive a response in time for it to be useful.  If you want help, it is really more fruitful to come see me in person.

Student Conduct Code: As noted in the Student Code of Conduct:  “Responsibility for good conduct rests with students as adult individuals.” The policy on student academic misconduct is outlined in the “Student Conduct Code Academic Misconduct Policy” in the online Student Handbook (http://www2.winthrop.edu/studentaffairs/handbook/StudentHandbook.pdf). 

Handheld Devices:  You may not use any electronic devices in class unless I give you specific permission or unless you have official accommodations from Services for Students with Disabilities.  See the College of Arts and Sciences' policy on handheld devices at http://www.winthrop.edu/uploadedFiles/artscience/AppropriateUseOfHandHeldWirelessTechnologyApprovedPolicyMar2010.pdf. Turn off all electronic devices before class starts and put them away.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")–whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not. It is also a violation of the Student Code of Conduct (http://www.winthrop.edu/uploadedFiles/studentconduct/StudentHandbook.pdf). The English Department has prepared The Correct Use of Borrowed Information to explain plagiarism (see http://www.winthrop.edu/uploadedFiles/cas/english/CorrectUseBorrowedInfo.pdf). You may be required to print out this statement, sign the last page, and bring it to class when required by your instructor. Ignorance or failure to consult this material is no excuse.

Grades: The Department of English has established a Rubric for Freshman Writing Courses that is found at http://www2.winthrop.edu/english/WritingProgram/rubric.htm.  A formal description of letter grades used by Winthrop instructors can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Grading Policy: This class will use the plus/minus grading system. In this class, the following numerical equivalents for grades are used: A, 95-100; A-, 90-94; B+, 87-89; B, 83-86;  B-, 80-82; C+, 77-79; C, 73-76; C-, 70-72; D+, 67-69; D, 63-66; D-, 60-62; F, 0-59. 

Attendance: The official Winthrop attendance policy is found on p. 8 of The Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2010 "Academic Regulations" section (http://www.winthrop.edu/uploadedFiles/recandreg/Catalogs/09-10/2009_10_catalog_Acad_Regs.pdf). The policy for attendance at final examinations is also found on page 8.

Final Examinations: Winthrop University policy requires that all classes meet during their scheduled final examination period. This schedule can be found on the Records and Registration website at http://www.winthrop.edu/uploadedFiles/recandreg/Calendars/Exams.pdf. Winthrop University policy specifies that personal conflicts such as travel plans and work schedules do not warrant a change in examination time. You are responsible for checking the time of your final examination and for making arrangements to be there.

Expectations for Classroom Behavior: The classroom environment should provide a safe environment for exploring ideas and challenging assumptions. Students are expected to listen respectfully to the voices of other individuals and to share their own opinions and values in a positive, respectful manner. Students and the instructor are expected to treat each member of the class with respect and civility. Classroom behavior that a reasonable person would view as substantially or repeatedly interfering with the conduct of the class will not be tolerated in this course. Students who engage in disruptive behavior will be subject to sanctions as specified in the Student Conduct Code.

See also "Further Course Policies" below and my Memorandum of Understanding.

Students with Disabilities: Winthrop University is dedicated to providing access to education.  If you have a disability and need classroom accommodations, please contact Gena Smith, Coordinator, Services for Students with Disabilities, at 323-3290, as soon as possible.  Once you have your Professor Notification Form, please tell me so that I am aware of your accommodations well before the first assignment, test, or paper.

Winthrop’s Academic Success Center is a free resource for all undergraduate students seeking to perform their best academically.  The ASC offers a variety of personalized and structured resources that help students achieve academic excellence, such as tutoring, academic skill development (test taking strategies, time management counseling, and study techniques), group and individual study spaces, and academic coaching.  The ASC is located on the first floor of Dinkins, Suite 106.  Please contact the ASC at 803-323-3929 or success@winthrop.edu.  For more information on ASC services, please visit www.winthrop.edu/success.

Safe Zones Statement: The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor’s expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.  Note:  I have been through SZ training, and I display a SZ decal on my office door.

Duplicate Submission of Papers: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted, in whole or in part, for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of your instructor and the other instructor involved in advance. This is to conform to the Student Code of Conduct, §V, which states: "Academic misconduct includes but is not limited to … presenting the same or substantially the same papers or projects in two or more courses without the explicit permission of the professors involved" (Student Code of Conduct §V: http://www2.winthrop.edu/studentaffairs/handbook/StudentHandbook.pdf). 

Writing Center: The Writing Center provides support for all students in all Winthrop classes free of charge. It is located in 242 Bancroft (x-2138). Check its web page (http://www.winthrop.edu/wcenter) for current hours. I will provide extra credit if you visit the Writing Center: 1 point for every 30- or 60-minute visit up to 5 visits. No, you do not have to give me the yellow slips; however, you should keep them until the end of the semester in case there is a problem.