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|LIT211 - Short Story|
Catalog Description: Focuses on the unique characteristics of the genre. Explores classical and contemporary representative stories from around the world. Applies a variety of literary criticism models to selected stories. Online course requires computer knowledge. Prerequisite: ENG101.
Lecture: 3 hrs.
Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
After successful participation and completion of the course, students will be able to:
1.Form and explain in writing their personal preferences or opinions relating to classical and contemporary short stories;
2.Define in writing or in oral presentations, the formal elements of narrative - “ point of view, plot, character, setting, mood, tone, theme, and symbol;
3.Evaluate a minimum of twenty-five short stories based on questions generated/identified by the instructor and/or textbook;
4.Identify in writing a minimum of five multicultural stories from five different areas of the world;
5.Analyze via the standard essay a minimum of four short stories;
6.List and identify with 75% competency on a unit test the five narrative plot elements: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and denouement;
7.*Complete a 1500+ word MLA-style research paper demonstrating an ability to apply one literary critical method to a short story as evidence of the student's appreciation for literature and its traditions.
*This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College - ™s Comprehensive Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data (see Assessing Student Learning Outcomes form) and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.
I. Reading and Studying the Short Story: The Rhetoric
II. Theory and applications via the short story (a minimum of five theories from the following list will be taught: Formalism, Structuralism, Semiotics, Deconstructionist, Gynocriticism, Reader Response, New Historicism, Eco-criticism, and/or any emerging critical theories)
III. Research Paper
Effective Term: Spring 2003