Dr. L. Adam Mekler 
Humanities 211.01
Spring 2021
Office:  Holmes 228
Office Phone: (443) 885-4032
Email@Morgan: adam.mekler@morgan.edu
Secondary Class Homepage: http://l-adam-mekler.com/211links.htm
Go To Assigments For:
Jan/Feb March April May

Any revisions to this syllabus will be posted on our Canvas class page. Please check Canvas regularly for any announcements.
Course Requirements:

Required Texts:

Required Technology:
Computer with microphone and camera
Software:


In addition to assigned readings and homework questions, there will be one (1) brief (1000-word minimum) critical response paper, one brief (800-word minimum) museum paper,  and one (1) documented research paper (2500-word minimum) that uses a minimum of six documented secondary sources.   There will also be a mid-term and a final examination. 
Students are expected to attend every class. If you are forced to miss class, written verification for the reason for your absence is expected. Because of the importance of regular attendance, excessive (more than three) unexcused class absences will result in the loss of points from the final average. Excessive lates will also lower your grade. The complete attendance policy can be found on the class homepage .  Please come speak with me if you have any questions. You are expected to arrive prepared to provide thoughtful discussions of  the daily readings, responding to questions from the instructor or your classmates as they arise.
All papers will follow MLA format: Typed, double-spaced, using parenthetical citations and when necessary, a list of works cited, including references made to the textbook. (See sample MLA Paper )  The main point of the response 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.
Grading:
Participation 10%
Critical Response Paper  10% A: 90-100
Homework
10%
B: 80-89
Museum Paper  10% C: 70-79
Research Paper  20% D: 60-69
Mid-Term Exam 20% F: 0-59
Final Exam 20%



Reading List (Subject to Subtle Revision):
Feb 1 Course Introduction
Review information and policies posted in Canvas
Literary Terms (See List )

3
Grammar Review Exercise Due

5
Reading: Sample Homework Responses

8
Gilgamesh Background
Homework Questions Due in Canvas.
Corrected Grammar Review Exercise Due

10
Gilgamesh, Chs. 1-3: , pp. 1-18
Homework Questions Due in Canvas.

12
Gilgamesh, Chs. 1-3, cont.

15
Gilgamesh, Chs. 4-7: , pp. 18-33
Homework Questions Due in Canvas

17
Gilgamesh, concl.
Respondus Quiz Due

19
African Tales and Myths
Homework Questions Due in Canvas

22 Sundiata Background and Preface, vii-xxiv,
"Narrative in Africa During the Middle Ages" and "Sundiata: Background," 97-101
Homework Questions Due in Canvas

24
Sundiata , pp. 103-120 and notes, 143-46
Homework Questions Due in Canvas

26
Sundiata, pp. 103-120, cont.
March 1
** NO CLASS **

3
Sundiata, 121-43 and notes, 146-48
Homework Questions Due in Canvas

5
Greek Background
Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses
Bulfinch's Mythology (Ch. 16)
Homework Questions Due in Canvas

8
Oedipus Rex
Homework Questions Due in Canvas

10 Oedipus Rex, concl.

12
Aristotle, Poetics
Homework Questions Due in Canvas

15
Discussion of In-Class Essay/Critical Response Paper/Research Paper

17
Mid-Term Review

19
Midterm Exam
Last Day to Submit Assignments or Excuses for Absences for First Part of Class

22
Reading: Sample Research Paper
Reading: Research Paper Hints
Research Paper Topics Due in Canvas.

24
** NO CLASS **
Critical Response Paper (1000-word minimum) Due in Canvas

26
Research Paper Exercise Due in Canvas

29
Bhagavad-Gita Background
Bhagavad-Gita,   Preface & Introduction, iv-vii
Homework Questions Due in Canvas

31
Bhagavad-Gita, 1-12
Homework Questions Due in Canvas
Critical Response Paper (1000 word min.) Due  in Canvas
April 2
Bhagavad-Gita, 13-28
Homework Questions Due in Canvas

5
Chaucer Background
Homework Questions Due in Canvas

7
Canterbury Tales: General Prologue
Homework Questions Due in Canvas.

9
** NO CLASS **

12
Canterbury Tales: "Wife of Bath's Tale"
Homework Questions Due in Canvas.

14 Chaucer Quote Exercise Due

16
Europe and the "New World" Background , pp. 1902-4
Homework Questions Due in Canvas.

19
Letters of Columbus, pp. 1921-25
Homework Questions Due in Canvas.

21
Works Cited Page Due in Canvas.
**Deadline to Change Research Paper Topics**

23 Letters of Cortes, pp. 1926-36
Homework Questions Due in Canvas.
Columbus and Cortes Discussion Due

26
Pratt, "Arts of the Contact Zone"
Homework Questions Due in Canvas.

28
Florentine Codex, pp. 1936-42
Homework Questions Due in Canvas.

30
Museum Paper Discussion 
May 3
Popol Vuh,
Homework Questions Due in Canvas.

5
Research Paper (2500-word minimum) Due in Canvas

7
Museum Paper Due (800-word minimum) in Canvas.

10
TBA

12
Reading: Final Review

14
Final Exam
Last Day to Submit Assignments or Excuses for Absences for Second Part of Class
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