Instructor: Dr. Roger George
Phone: 425 564 2021
Office location: R 230 D
Office Hours: 12:30-1:20 MWF; 11:30-12:20 TTR
By the end of the quarter, the successful student should be able to:
· Demonstrate a comfortable level of reading and understanding the language of Shakespeare, in poems and plays
· Show a sense of Elizabethan culture and history
· Recognize the difference between early and late plays, in order become aware of Shakespeare’s development as an artist
· Develop a process of analyzing plays and sonnets
· Demonstrate improved inferential skills
· Read both comedies and tragedies with insight
· Identify controlling ideas and themes characteristic of Shakespeare’s plays
· Develop writing-about-literature skills and techniques
· Practice effective group skills
· ENJOY reading, discussing, and writing about Shakespeare
· Assess your own skills
This course is an introduction to Shakespeare as a dramatist, offered for both majors and non-majors. Its aim is to help you read and appreciate Shakespeare's plays. We will begin in the first week by discussing Elizabethan England and the basics of Elizabethan drama. Then we'll do close readings of several of the plays, chosen to represent the major genres Shakespeare wrote (comedy, tragedy, history, romance) and to cover the course of his career.
I like to do things thematically, and one of the themes I see running through all these plays is POWER: the limits and duties of those in authority, and an examination of what kinds of authority are legitimate and the consequences of illegitimate uses of power. I plan to keep coming back to this theme as we discuss the plays, but feel free to make thematic connections of your own.
Our reading will be accompanied not only by class discussion via the discussion boards. These discussions will be prompted by your own response papers as we read the plays. I’ll try to bring the plays alive by using audio presentations. One feature will make use of passages from the plays provided by Cambridge University which illustrate different ways Shakespeare used language; these will be available both in text and audio. I also recommend that you watch films of Shakespeare plays and, if possible, attend a live performance.
I will "prompt" you with discussion issues and questions. You may also introduce your own topics or questions. To participate fully, you'll need to: 1) do the reading -- possibly more than once; 2) visualize the play in your mind as a living performance; 3) work on your understanding of Shakespeare's vocabulary and syntax, and 4) think out possible answers to the discussion questions.
WRITING: For each play, you will be writing short discussion papers. These are explained in more detail in the accompanying file, “A Guide To Writing Discussion Papers.”
GRADES: Your grade will be based on your regular short papers, the quality of your class participation, a midterm, and a final exam.
Assignments will be worth the following percentages of your overall grade:
Two Formal Papers: 15% each
Discussion Papers: 20%
Final Exam: 25%
Class Participation: 5%
I have not ordered any textbooks, because all of Shakespeare's plays are easily available on the Internet for free. One source with the complete plays is: http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/.
The plays I plan to discuss this quarter are listed below, and the order we'll go over them is in the Calendar. If you want/need a physical copy, they are widely available in inexpensive paperback (I recommend the Signet/Penguin editions).
PLAYS TO BE DISCUSSED:
· Much Ado About Nothing
· The Merchant of Venice
· A Winter’s Tale
· Henry IV, pt. 1
· Richard III
· The Taming of the Shrew
IMPORTANT: Essential to a liberal arts education is an open-minded tolerance for ideas and modes of expression which might conflict with one’s personal values. By being exposed to such ideas or expressions, students are not expected to endorse or adopt them but rather to understand that they are part of the free flow of information upon which higher education depends.
To this end, you may find that class requirements may include engaging certain materials, such as books, films, and art work, which may, in whole or in part, offend you. These materials are equivalent to required texts and are essential to the course content. If you decline to engage the required material by not reading, viewing, or performing material you consider offensive, you will still be required to meet class requirements in order to earn credit. This may require responding to the content of the material, and you may not be able to fully participate in required class discussions, exams, or assignments. Consult the syllabus and discuss such issues with the instructor.
Bellevue College is committed to maintaining an environment in which every member of the campus community feels welcome to participate in the life of the college, free from harassment and discrimination.
We value our different backgrounds at Bellevue College, and students, faculty, staff members, and administrators are to treat one another with dignity and respect. http://bellevuecollege.edu/about/goals/inclusion.asp
READ THE POLICIES OF THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES DIVISION AT THE FOLLOWING URL: http://www.bcc.ctc.edu/artshum/policy.html THESE ARE THE POLICIES OF THIS CLASS, AND YOU WILL BE EXPECTED TO HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD THEM. BE ESPECIALLY SURE TO READ AND UNDERSTAND THE POLICY ON “ACADEMIC HONESTY.” I WILL NOT TOLERATE PLAGIARISM. ALSO READ THE "AFFIRMATION OF INCLUSION"; I TAKE THIS VERY SERIOUSLY AND EXPECT IT TO BE OBSERVED.
Information about Bellevue Colleges copyright guidelines can be found at: http://bellevuecollege.edu/lmc/links/copyright.html
A good resource for Plagiarism is the Writing Lab: http://bellevuecollege.edu/writinglab/Plagiarism.html
“Cheating, stealing and plagiarizing (using the ideas or words of another as one’s own without crediting the source) and inappropriate/disruptive classroom behavior are violations of the Student Code of Conduct at Bellevue College. Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to: talking out of turn, arriving late or leaving early without a valid reason, allowing cell phones/pagers to ring, and inappropriate behavior toward the instructor or classmates. The instructor can refer any violation of the Student Code of Conduct to the Vice President of Student Services for possible probation or suspension from Bellevue College. Specific student rights, responsibilities and appeal procedures are listed in the Student Code of Conduct, available in the office of the Vice President of Student Services.” The Student Code, Policy 2050, in its entirety is located at: http://bellevuecollege.edu/policies/2/2050_Student_Code.asp
All students registered for classes at Bellevue College are entitled to a network and e-mail account. Your student network account can be used to access your student e-mail, log in to computers in labs and classrooms, connect to the BC wireless network and log in to MyBC. To create your account, go to: https://bellevuecollege.edu/sam .
BC offers a wide variety of computer and learning labs to enhance learning and student success. Find current campus locations for all student labs by visiting the Computing Services website.
The Disability Resource Center serves students with a wide array of learning challenges and disabilities. If you are a student who has a disability or learning challenge for which you have documentation or have seen someone for treatment and if you feel you may need accommodations in order to be successful in college, please contact us as soon as possible.
If you are a person who requires assistance in case of an emergency situation, such as a fire, earthquake, etc, please meet with your individual instructors to develop a safety plan within the first week of the quarter.
The DRC office is located in B 132 or you can call our reception desk at 425.564.2498. Deaf students can reach us by video phone at 425-440-2025 or by TTY at 425-564-4110. . . Please visit our website for application information into our program and other helpful links at www.bellevuecollege.edu/drc
· It is my general policy to prohibit tape recording of classroom lectures and discussions. However, audio-taping of individual classes may be permitted at the discretion of the instructor for sound pedagogical reasons. Permission to allow the recording is not a transfer of any copyright in the recording. The recording remains the property of the instructor who may inspect, retrieve, or destroy the recording after its intended use. The recording may be used solely for the purpose of studying the materials presented during the class. The recording may not be reproduced in any manner.
The Bellevue College (BC) Public Safety Department’s well trained and courteous non-commissioned staff provides personal safety, security, crime prevention, preliminary investigations, and other services to the campus community, 24 hours per day,7 days per week. Their phone number is 425.564.2400. The Public Safety website is your one-stop resource for campus emergency preparedness information, campus closure announcements and critical information in the event of an emergency. Public Safety is located in K100 and on the web at: http://bellevuecollege.edu/publicsafety/
The Bellevue College Academic Calendar is separated into two calendars. They provide information about holidays, closures and important enrollment dates such as the finals schedule.