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Alamo Colleges District • San Antonio College • - • ENGL-English

World Literature I ENGL-2332

  • Full Term Fall 2017
  • Section 001.16012
  • 3-3-0 Credits
  • 08/28/2017 to 12/16/2017
  • Modified 08/29/2017

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Lennie Irvin
Office: GH 223-D
Phone: 486-0672 
Fax: 486-1509 
Email: lirvin AT ([email protected]
English Department
(210) 486-0688


Required Textbooks:

  1. The Norton Anthology of World Literature. Package 1. Volumes A, B, & C. Puchner. Norton. 2012. 3rd. ed.
  1. The Hero With a Thousand Faces Princeton University Press. 1972. 2nd Edition



A survey of world literature from the ancient world through the sixteenth century. Students will study works of prose, poetry, drama, and fiction in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Texts will be selected from a diverse group of authors and traditions. This course fulfills the Language, Philosophy, and Culture foundational component area and the Component Area Option of the core, and addresses the following required objectives: Critical Thinking, Communication, Social Responsibility, and Personal Responsibility.


ENGL 1301 or its equivalent with a "C" or better and ENGL 1302 or its equivalent with a "C" or better.


1 Identify key ideas, representative authors and works, significant historical or cultural events, and characteristic perspectives or attitudes expressed in the literature of different periods or regions.

2 Analyze literary works as expresssions of individual or communal values within the social, political, cultural, or religious contexts of different literary periods.

3 Demonstrate knowledge of the development of characteristic forms or styles of expression during different historical periods or in different regions.

4 Articulate the aesthetic principles that guide the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.

5 Write research-based critical papers about the assigned readings in clear and grammatically correct prose, using various critical approaches to literature.


COURSE CONTENT: The Work of the Course

Reading Quizzes/ Homework/ Daily Work:  (25%) Reading is essential for this course.  Count on regular and frequent response to readings (even quizzes). Consistent and diligent performance of the homework and reading will yield high returns in this area.  Daily work will also involve participation in an online class discussion board where we can communicate out-of-class. It will also involve keeping a class notebook or responses, handouts, and notes.

Tests (mid-term and final exam)  (30%--15% each) These will both be comprehensive and involve writing an in-class essay,

Essays:  (30%--15% each) We will have two documented essays each of from 3-5 pages (750-1250 words). 

Project:  (15%) We will have one individual project in which you will create and turn in a packet of responses and other activities on your assigned pieces of literature and give an oral presentation.  It will involve both "personal" reader-response activities as well as some research and the writing of a short critical essay.

Course Policies


Attendance:  According to college policy, missing two weeks of class (4 MW meetings) will result in your being dropped from this class. Three tardies (a tardy means arriving more than ten minutes late or leaving more than ten minutes early) equals one absence.  Missing more than half the class is considered an absence.  If absent, you are responsible for the material covered and for any assignments when you return.  I encourage you to keep me informed about matters that may affect class attendance and/or class performance. 

Late Daily WorkLate daily work will receive no credit (unless otherwise stated). Homework is due at the beginning of class, unless otherwise stated.  

Late Drafts of Out-of-Class Essays will result in the loss of ten points off the grade of that essay. The essay must be typed to be considered on time. Late essays are due within one week or the grade is a zero.

TestsYou must be in class the days of the tests.  If you know you will be absent, you must arrange an alternate time, otherwise you will receive a zero.

QuizzesQuizzes generally are given at the beginning of the class for a limited time period (for example, for the first ten minutes of class).  Individuals coming late will not get extra time and there are no make-up quizzes even if absent.  Those who miss a quiz get a zero.

Minimum essay requirements:  Not meeting the minimum requirements for length and sources will result in an essay with a grade of no higher than a 70. 

Plagiarism/Academic Dishonesty:  This is a serious offense and will result in severe consequences.  You  need to do your own work and always clearly acknowledge any time you use some one else's material in your essay.  Consequences for plagiarism will follow the policies as outlined in your student handbook.  Essays with deliberate plagiarism will receive an F; those with unwitting plagiarism will receive a D. All essays will undergo an originality checker through

Electronic Etiquette
It is expected that you will interact with your peers in a respectful manner in all settings, including electronic ones. The general guideline is that anything that might be considered inappropriate in face-to-face interactions is just as inappropriate online. 


English 2332.001 World Literature I Reading Assignment Schedule Fall 2017

**Readings are listed on date assigned and must be read by the next class period. This calendar is subject to change. 

8/28--Invention of Writing: Introduction A3-8, Gilgamesh A95-124  

8/30—Gilgamesh A124-151.

9/4—Prologue The Hero with a Thousand Faces 3-4, 10-96

9/6—The Hero Initiation: 97-149

9/11—The Hero Initiation: 149-192, Return:  193-244

9/13— Reread Gilgamesh, pulling it all together, Essay #1 topic given. 

9/18— Pulling it together/drafting day.

9/20—Essay #1 Due.  Sir Gawain and the Green Knight  B725-751

9/25 —Sir Gawain and the Green Knight  B751-780

9/27-- Ancient Greece and Iliad (Bks. I, VI, VIII) A222-256

10/2—Iliad  (Bks. IX, XVI, XVIII) A256-299

10/4—Iliad  (Bks.XXII, XXIV) A299-312

10/9—Beowulf B107-149

10/11— Beowulf B150-182; Mid-Term topic given

10/16—Mid-Term Exam Prep.

10/18—Mid-Term Exam.    The Ramayana  A1161-1202

10/23—The Ramayana   A1203-1234

10/25—Ramayana wrap-up.  Essay #2 Topic given

10/30—Discussion of readings, Essay #2 Invention on topic

11/1—Draft of Essay #2 Due

11/6— Essay #2 Due.   Sunjata: A West African Epic of the Mande People C12-28

11/8--Popol Vuh C520-535

11/13—Dante Inferno intro, Canto I-V B387-409. Introduction of Dante Project.

11/15—Inferno Canto VI-XV  B409-443

11/20—Inferno Canto XVI-XXV B440-478

11/22—Inferno Canto XXVI-XXXIV B478-511

11/27—Inferno Discussion/ Project preparation

11/29—Project preparation/ early Project Presentations

12/4—Dante Projects Due. 
Dante Project presentations

12/6—Dante Project presentations
Final Exam Explanation and Review

12/13—Final Exam

Institutional Policies


A. Attendance:

Student absences will be recorded from the first day the class meets, and beginning Fall 2014, students who do not attend the first scheduled class meeting or contact the instructor will be dropped. Students should verify the drop is completed.

For fully online courses, an attendance verification activity is assigned and must be completed by the 3rd class day.

Effective Spring Term 2010, student absences will be recorded from the first day the class meets. Regular and punctual attendance in all classes and laboratories, day and evening, is required. Students who are absent for any reason should always consult with their instructors. Course syllabi must provide specific information regarding attendance, including, for courses involving the internet, online activity that constitutes “attendance.” Also, both tardiness and early departure from class may be considered forms of absenteeism. In all cases, students will be held responsible for completion of course requirements covered in their absence.

Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to drop a course for nonattendance. Course instructors establish policy with regard to attendance in their respective syllabi and may drop a student for excessive absences. Absences are considered excessive when more than 12.5 percent of the total contact hours of instruction in a semester, including lecture and lab, are missed. For example, in a three-credit-hour lecture class, students may be dropped after more than six contact hours of absences. In a four-credit-hour lecture/lab class, students may be dropped after more than eight contact hours of absences. Absences are counted regardless of whether they occur consecutively.

In special programs with additional accreditation or certification standards, additional attendance requirements may be enforced but faculty must clearly explain these policies in their syllabi. Students who stop attending class for any reason should contact the instructor and the college registrar to officially withdraw from the class. Students may be required to consult with an advisor or designee before dropping.

Failure to officially withdraw may result in a failing grade for the course. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw officially from a class by submitting a completed Withdrawal Form to the Admissions and Records Office.

B. Early Alert and Intervention

Alamo College instructors care about students’ success in every course.  During the semester, students may receive alert emails through the ACES account regarding their progress and ultimate success in a course.  Upon receipt of the email, students are to contact the course instructor to discuss specific tasks or actions to improve success in this course.  In addition, students will also need to meet with their Certified Advisor.  Discussions with faculty and Certified Advisors allows the student to identify actions that will help to successfully complete course requirements at the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District.

C. Student Responsibility for Success (Alamo Colleges District Policy F.6.2):

As members of the Alamo Colleges District learning community, students, faculty, staff and administrators all share the responsibility to create an atmosphere where knowledge, integrity, truth, and academic honesty are valued and expected. A clear acknowledgment of the mutual obligations of all members of the academic community emphasizes this implicit partnership in fostering the conditions necessary for student success.

In this relationship, the Alamo Colleges District provides institutional policies, procedures, and opportunities to facilitate student learning that encourage interaction, involvement and responsible participation. Inherent in the academic climate is the expectation that students will assume responsibility for contributing to their own development and learning. Academic success is directly tied to the effort students put into their studies, the degree to which they interact with faculty and peers, and the extent to which students integrate into the campus life.

1. Engagement

  1. Create connections and build relationships with faculty, staff and students (visit during office hours, join clubs and organizations, participate in student activities, etc.);
  2. Stay informed of policies, procedures, deadlines and events for academic and co-curricular activities;
  3. Complete all requirements for admission, registration, and payment by deadlines;
  4. Apply for financial assistance, if needed, complying with all federal, state and local regulations and procedures;
  5. Meet all federal, state and local health care regulations.

2. Communication

  1. Seek guidance from faculty, advisors or counselors for questions and concerns in regards to degree plans, major selection, academic status, grades, and issues impacting college success;
  2. Develop a peer support system to identify student contacts for questions, group assignments, etc. regarding academic and co-curricular activities;
  3. Communicate with College personnel promptly regarding academic or co-curricular concerns and assistance requests;
  4. Carefully consider the information provided by College personnel and make decisions using that information;
  5. Check the Alamo Colleges District’s Web Services regularly for emails, holds, student records, financial aid status and announcements;
  6. Submit disability documentation if seeking services and request academic accommodations in advance of each semester.

3. Academic Success

  1. Complete courses with passing grades and maintain good academic standing (2.0 GPA) status;
  2. Read and follow all syllabi;
  3. Purchase textbooks and required supplies in a timely manner;
  4. Attend classes regularly and on time, with as few absences, late arrivals, and early exits as possible;
  5. Arrive to class with all needed materials and completed assignments for that class period;
  6. Be attentive in class and actively participate as appropriate;
  7. Devote sufficient time for studying;
  8. Ensure integrity in all aspects of academic and career development;
  9. Accurately represent one’s own work and that of others used in creating academic assignments. Use information ethically and exercise appropriate caution to avoid plagiarism on all assignments;
  10. Notify faculty in advance or as soon as possible about absences and provide documentation as appropriate;
  11. Consult faculty members in advance when unable to complete projects, assignments, or take examinations as scheduled.

4. Self-Responsibility and Responsibility to Others

  1. Maintain accurate and complete degree/certificate major selection and contact information including name, address, phone number and emergency contact;
  2. Balance personal obligations and educational pursuits. Work with a counselor / advisor to design a realistic schedule that dedicates adequate effort to be successful in college studies;
  3. Know and follow the regulations and guidelines outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook;
  4. Maintain respectful and appropriate behavior within and outside the classroom;
  5. Ask for help when needed. Use all available resources and facilities provided by the College to enhance the learning experience;
  6. Attend scheduled advising sessions, tutorials, and other appointments. Cancel or reschedule only with good reasons as early as possible;
  7. Arrive prepared for tutorial sessions, bringing all needed materials (books, syllabi, rough drafts, calculators, assignment sheets, etc.).

D.  Textbook Availability

A student of this institution is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from a university-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

E. Licensed Concealed Campus Carry

No open carry of firearms is allowed on all property owned, controlled, or leased by the College District, including vehicles operated by the Alamo Colleges District. Concealed carry of a handgun by persons licensed to carry may not be restricted except in locations signed as prohibited areas.

  • Special testing locations requiring a complete surrender of personal effects during testing will be signed as prohibited areas. 
  • Persons may be required to place their purse, backpack or briefcase away from their person, but within their view during tests at the direction of their instructor or test administrator.
  • License holders carrying on campus intending to access prohibited areas must leave their weapons locked in their vehicles.  College lockers are not authorized for storage of handguns by license holders.

Disciplinary Sanctions

Open carry, intentional display, unlicensed carry, and carry in spite of signed prohibition are subject to employee and student discipline, as well as possible prosecution. Unintentional display of a weapon by a license holder must be avoided.  Police will exercise their enforcement discretion. 

If you see a person openly carrying or deliberately displaying a firearm:

  • Call the Alamo Colleges District Police 210-485-0911
  • Do not confront the person or ask if the person has a permit


While other exams are given at the discretion of the instructor, a final assessment is given at the end of each semester for each course. The Final Exam Schedule changes with each term and differs from normal class meeting dates and times. See the Final Exam Schedule in the Catalog/Schedule of Classes in the left hand navigation bar.

A student who must be absent from a final evaluation should petition that instructor for permission to postpone the evaluation. A student absent without permission from a final evaluation is graded "0" on the exam.

Incomplete Grades.  The conditional grade of “I” may be issued to a student having a passing average on all completed coursework but for a justified reason, such as illness or death in the family or by providential hindrance, has been prevented from taking the final examination or completing other required coursework. The “I” becomes an “F” in one hundred twenty (120) calendar days from the end of the term unless the student completes the balance of the coursework with a performance grade of “D” or higher. Re-enrollment in the course will not resolve the “I.”  The student and faculty must fill out an Incomplete Contract, clearly defining the work remaining to be finished.

College Policies


A. San Antonio College is a smoke free campus.

B. Alamo Colleges District Police Department Emergency Phone Numbers:

Emergency Phone (210) 485-0911

General Phone (210) 485-0099

Weather Phone (210) 485-0189 (For information on college closures)

C. A Rapid Response Team exists for the purpose of responding to emergencies. If you have a disability that will require assistance in the event of a building evacuation, notify San Antonio College disABILITY Support Services, Chance Academic Center 124C, (210) 486-0020.

D. Students are required to silence all electronic devices (e.g., pagers, cellular phones, etc.) when in classrooms, laboratories and the library.

E. Students must abide by the policies, procedures and rules set forth in the “Student Code of Conduct” and all other policies set forth in the San Antonio E-Catalog.

F. Academic Integrity Policy: College personnel with administrative authority may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty. "Scholastic dishonesty" includes, but is not limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism, and collusion. See Student Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook for more details.

G. Children in the Classroom: Students should not bring children to a classroom or lab. Faculty members have the right to prohibit children from entering the classroom for safety reasons. Minors under the age of 12 must not be left unattended on campus, including the library. DPS will be notified that unattended children are in the library.

H. Mental Health Services: Free, confidential mental health counseling is available on campus from Melissa Sutherland-Hunt in Moody Learning Center 114. Mrs. Sutherland-Hunt can be reached by phone at 210-486-0397 or by email at [email protected].

I. Student Success Policy:

Click here to read the Complete Student Success Policy

Disability Access Statement – In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to self-identify with the campus Disability Services office. Only those students with appropriate documentation will receive a letter of accommodation from the Disability Services office. Instructors are required to follow only those accommodation and/or services outlined in the letter of accommodation. For further information, please contact the San Antonio College disABILITY Support Services office at (210) 486-0020 or visit the office located on the first floor of the Moody Learning Center. If you have specific needs, please discuss them privately with your instructor.

 Marketable Skills– A student, through coursework at San Antonio College and attainment of a degree, will obtain the following marketable skills:

COMMUNICATION: A student will effectively convey and understand information verbally, in writing, and/or visually.

CRITICAL THINKING: A student will explore, identify, analyze, and evaluate issues, documents, and circumstances before teaching a conclusion.

EMPIRICAL AND QUANTITATIVE SKILLS: A student will generate, frame, and analyze data to make informed conclusions.

TEAMWORK: A student will be a flexible and resourceful team member who looks at different points of view and works with others to support a shared purpose or goal.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY: A student will connect personal choices, actions and consequences, with a commitment to excellence and success.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: A student will build rapport and establish competence within diverse multicultural settings.

PERFORMANCE: A student will create artistic or technical demonstrations through the means of self-expression, language, technology, and/or learned skills.

LEADERSHIP: A student will maintain a productive work environment and confidently motivate others to meet high performance standards.