Dr. L. Adam Mekler 
Humanities 201: 02
January 2019
Office:  Holmes 228
Office Phone: (443) 885-4032
Email@Morgan: adam.mekler@morgan.edu
Secondary Class Homepage: http://l-adam-mekler.com/201links.htm
Any revisions to this syllabus will be posted on our class page. Please check the web page regularly for any announcements, especially if you have missed class.

Go To Assignments For:

Week One Week Two Week Three

Course Requirements:
Students are required to attend every class (See Policy ) and to bring all necessary books with them to class.  These are the required texts:

Students also must visit Blackboard regularly in order to remain current with assignments. All announcements posted on Blackboard are officially binding for all students, whether they attend class or not.  Students are also responsible for all information posted on the web page, including, but not limited to, the attendance policy and the plagiarism policy, as well as all information transmitted during classroom discussion

In addition to assigned readings and homework questions, which must be completed before coming to class, there will be one (1) documented research paper  (2000 word minimum) that uses a minimum of six documented secondary sources.  You will also take part in a group presentation of a minimum thirty minutes to be given during the second part of the course.  There will also be a mid-term and a final examination. 

All papers will follow MLA format: Typed, double-spaced, using parenthetical citations and a list of works cited, including references made to the textbook. (See sample MLA Paper )  The main point of the papers is to allow you the opportunity to explore specific aspects of texts that you find interesting in terms of the literary terms we discuss:  metaphor, imagery, symbolism, setting, theme, etc..  Basically, you will be exploring the ways in which use of such devices helps to develop the important themes of the works, etc., but the specific focus is largely up to you.

Extra Credit:

Homework Q's (in addition to the Required Q's described above)
  • Each day, you may submit written responses to all or ten (10) other discussion questions (whichever is fewer) for the text assigned for that day only.
  • Every two (2) sets of questions will give you one (1) bonus homework credit, up to a possible total of five (5) points to be added to your homework grade.
  • There is no half-credit:  fewer than 10 questions will receive no credit.
  • Students may also develop a museum paper based on the guidelines described here.
  • Successful completion of this assignment will result in the addition of up to five (5) points to the final average.

  • Grading:
    Class Participation 10% A: 90-100
    B: 80-89
    Group Presentation  10% C: 70-79
    Research Paper  20% D: 60-69
    Mid-Term Exam 25% F: 0-59
    Final Exam 25%

    Reading List (Subject to Subtle Revision):
    Course Introduction
    Literary Terms (See List )
    Reading Poetry 
    Sample Poem 
    Diagnostic/Review Test
    Discussion of Diagnostic/Review Test
    Research Paper Discussion

    Gilgamesh Background
    Gilgamesh, Chs. 1-3: , pp. 1-18
    Gilgamesh, Chs. 4-7: , pp. 18-33
    Homework Questions Due on Blackboard

    African Tales & Myths
    Research Paper Discussion
    Research Paper Topics Due on Blackboard
    Sundiata Background and Preface, vii-xxiv
    .Sundiata, pp. 1-38 and notes, 85-92
    Sundiata, 38-84 and notes, 92-96
    Homework Questions Due on Blackboard

    Greek Background
    Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses
    Bulfinch's Mythology (Ch. 16)
    Oedipus Rex
    Homework Questions Due on Blackboard
    Discussion of In-Class Essay/Midterm Review

    Midterm Examination (See review )

    Research Paper Workshop

    Bhagavad-Gita Background
    Preface & Introduction, iv-vii,  
    Bhagavad-Gita, 1-12
    Bhagavad-Gita, 13-28
    Group Presentation
    Homework Questions Due on Blackboard
    Last Day to Drop Classes with Grade of "W"
    14 Chaucer, Background
    Canterbury Tales: General Prologue
    Group Presentation
    "Wife of Bath's Tale"
    Group Presentation
    Homework Questions Due on Blackboard

    Europe and the "New World" Background , pp. 1902-4
    Letters of Columbus, pp. 1921-25
    Group Presentation
    Letters of Cortes, pp. 1926-36
    Group Presentation
    Homework Questions Due on Blackboard

    Pratt, "Arts of the Contact Zone"
    Florentine Codex pp. 1936-42
    Group Presentation
    Popol Vuh ,  "Background" and pts. 1-3, pp. 1-11 and notes
    Popol Vuh, pt. 2, pp. 12-16 and notes
    Group Presentation
    Homework Questions Due on Blackboard

    Final Exam Review
    Research Paper Due on Blackboard

    Final Exam
    Last Day to Submit any work or excuses for absences/lates for the course
    Psalm 23

    A Psalm of David.

    The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
    He leadeth me beside still waters.
    He restoreth my soul:
    He guideth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil; for thou art with me;
    Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
    Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
    Thou hast anointed my head with oil;
    My cup runneth over.
    Surely goodness and lovingkindness shall follow me all the days of my life;
    And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

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