In this course we will be working together on an intellectual project. The project is exploring the practice, and the concept, of ecopoetics. However two students are taking this course in residence, and two students are taking this course in an online format.
Our project will be conducted in a tutorial format. The tutorial model of education assumes that the student is in control of the learning process. The tutorial model of learning is student-centered and self-directed. There are no lectures and there are no examinations.
The learning will be collaborative in the most fundamental sense of thinking together. While there will be no lectures I will be contributing to our discussions by thinking with the texts and contexts we are reading and your thoughts about those text/contexts. Thinking together in this way requires thinking differently about yourself as a writer, as well as challenging some of the conventional ways we go about thinking and writing in school.
This kind of thinking will also demand that all of us bring intelligence, imagination, and generosity to our work. As you will see, it is necessary but not sufficient to simply describe an idea, or a poetic form; and we will need to help one another move beyond statements of preference or judgments based on what we know, or find congenial or familiar. The common work is helping one another develop the idea and to carry the conversation from one place to another. Poetry and poetics, after all, persists not by answers but rather through clarifying questions, discovering edges of thought, finding perspective in incongruities.
Course Expectations and Requirements
Your grade in this course will be determined in a conventional way: your engagement with the reading, your thinking about the texts and ideas we are studying, and your writing
Attendance and (is) Participation: showing up in a hybrid class format means being present through thinking and writing–whether presence is actual or virtual. I will grade the class on participation at the end of each week. And everyone will receive the same assessment. I will give extra credit to those who demonstrate a more engaged presence through their blog posts, comments on other student’s blogs as well as my blog posts about the material we are reading
In addition the blog posts, the required written work in this course includes three commentaries and an ecopoetics anthology due at the end of the class. All written work must be appropriately documented and posted on your blog by the due date. This is a 400-level course. And my expectation is that you have mastered the conventions of in-text citation and a list of works cited. The MLA Handbook will serve as a common reference source. Please talk with me so that we can work out any questions. I should not be correcting in-text citations or citation protocols in a 400-level course.
Student Learning Outcomes As we proceed through the summer term, you will be expected to demonstrate that you can: 1) read closely and analyze complex texts; 2) identify productive questions or problems in the texts; 3) use textual evidence to articulate your ideas; 4) use the vocabulary of the discipline to discuss the texts and write evidence-based essays that effectively incorporate textual references; 5) understand literary elements (such as character, plot, theme, narrative, imagery, setting, figurative language); 6) use MLA style of citation and documentation correctly; and 7) select and evaluate different forms of research sources to support your ideas
Evaluation and Grading The final course grade will be determined by the quality of the blog posts, the commentaries, and the anthology project
If you are a student with a disability The Office of Disability Services (ODS), Elliot Hall, 8.2353, is available to discuss eligibility requirements and appropriate academic accommodations that you may require as a student with a disability. So all arrangements can be made, requests for academic accommodations need to be completed during the first two weeks of the semester. You are responsible for making an appointment with ODS for disability verification and determination of reasonable academic accommodations
Emergency Operations In the event the College closes for a major disaster, students are responsible for regularly checking their e-mail, voice mails, and this blog for information on alternative course delivery procedures and course work submission. Students will be responsible for completing their assignments and ensuring that they have completed all of the core requirements for their courses before they will receive a final grade for the course