CORE 101 section 16 / Fall 2004

Note: The information below is meant to supplement the main (common) course syllabus you received separately; everything the main syllabus says about the Core Course applies to this section of the course, so you should read it carefully.

I'd emphasize one point that the main syllabus makes about the aims of this course and about what's needed to accomplish those aims. The texts we'll be reading "display a wide array of perspectives," and they'll require of each of us "the exercise of thinking through various writers' visions of the world--whether you agree with them or not." It's that last part I want to emphasize. In this section you'll be evaluated, not on the basis of whether you agree with any particular position or idea or value system or whatever, but rather on the basis of how well you demonstrate that you are working to see things the way these texts present them, even when the angle of vision informing one or another of these texts doesn't finally appeal to you.

You'll be writing at least 6 papers that will count toward your final grade. Two of these will be 3-5 pp. papers, one based on the topic and texts of unit A and the other on the topic and texts of unit B. The other four or more (I will accept up to 10 of these for course credit) will be shorter "response"-type essays, at least two per unit; these may (probably should) be less argumentative and more exploratory than the longer essays, focused on developing a single question or point of interest or whatever. More on these later. There will also be a midterm exam (in-class) and a (comprehensive) final exam.

Here are the rough percentages I'll use to calculate your final grade in this course: about 1/3 (30-35%) of your overall grade will be based on paper and essay performance, about 1/3 (30-35%) on your midterm and final exam performance, and about 1/3 (30-40%) on your in-class performance. Within these categories of evaluation, longer papers combined will constitute about 60% of the overall paper/essay grade; the final exam will weigh about twice what the midterm does.
        These percentages are slushy on purpose: they allow me to weigh in your favor what you do best and discount slightly what you don't.

Consistent with the University's policy I'll expect "each student . . . to attend all meetings of all classes" (2002-2004 Undergraduate Catalog, p. 36). In order to honor "official request[s] from the appropriate dean to excuse a student for participation in a University-sponsored event" (36) as well as to accommodate the occasional genuine emergency that requires absence from class, I'm allowing for the possibility of three unpenalized (including "excused") absences; however, in any case, if you miss 4 or more class meetings, your final grade will go down by .33 GP per absence after the third absence.
        I'll be taking roll at the beginning of class; if you get to class late, you risk being counted absent, and it will be your responsibility to inform me at the end of that class of your presence.

I am also required by University policy to require you to pledge all written work submitted for credit in this course. I hereby require you to do so. I'll expect you to write out and sign the honor pledge on all written work submitted for credit; I will not accept for credit any work that is not pledged; and I promise to be absolutely intolerant of cheating of any kind in this course.


Tu 24     Introductions

A. INQUIRY, BELIEF, AND VALUES                     

Th 26 Mahfouz, Fountain and Tomb Chs. 1-35 (pp.11-54)
Tu 31 Mahfouz, Fountain and Tomb Chs. 36-78 (pp.54-118)
SEP Th 2 Mahfouz, Fountain and Tomb
Tu 7 Plato, Phaedo
Th 9 Plato, Symposium

         paper 1 due Monday 13, 12 noon
Tu 14 Darwin, from The Origin of Species (pp. 160-81, 189-200, 205-15)
Th 16 Darwin, from The Descent of Man (pp. 242-76)
Tu 21 Darwin
Th 23 Silko, Ceremony (pp. 1-105)
Tu 28 Silko, Ceremony (pp. 105-215)
       paper 2 due Wednesday 29, 12 noon
Th 30 Silko, Ceremony (pp. 215-262)
OCT Tu 5 Silko, Ceremony       PAPER A due Wednesday 6, 12 noon
Th 7 midterm exam

- fall break -


Th 14 Coetzee, Age of Iron Ch. 1-2 (pp. 13-86)
Tu 19 Coetzee, Age of Iron Ch.3 (pp. 87-176)
Th 21 Coetzee, Age of Iron Ch.4 (pp. 177-198)
Tu 26 Marx, "Alienated Labor" (pp. 58-68)
Th 28 Marx, The Communist Manifesto (pp. 157-76, 185-86)
NOV Tu 2 Marx, from Capital (pp.220-25, 230-43, 264-73, 294-300)
          paper 3 due Wednesday 3, 12 noon
Th 4 de Beauvoir, The Second Sex (pp. xix-xxxvi, 3-37)
Tu 9 de Beauvoir, The Second Sex (pp. 253-63, 642-49, 716-32)
Th 11 de Beauvoir, The Second Sex
         PAPER B due Monday 15, 12 noon
Tu 16 Wharton, The House of Mirth (pp. 1-115) 
Th 18 Wharton, The House of Mirth (pp. 115-266)
Tu 23 Wharton, The House of Mirth (pp. 266-350)
            paper 4 due Tuesday in class

- Thanksgiving break -


Tu 30 [t.b.a.]
DEC Th 2 last day of classes
        Monday 6 December, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Final Exam