Georgia Highlands College, ENGL 2111- Kemper - May 2010


Basic Course Information


English 2111-50145 (World Literature I) – 3 credit hours, 8-11:10 a.m. (M-F), May 12-June 1

Withdrawal deadline – May 20 (last day to withdraw with a “W”)


Prerequisite:  Minimum of  "C" for English 1101 and 1102


Textbook:  The Norton Anthology of World Literature, 2nd ed., Vols. A-C


Course Description:  This course is a survey of important works of world literature from ancient times through the mid-seventeenth century.  Information relating to historical, political, and religious backgrounds and exposure to other creative endeavors such as art and architecture enhance students' understanding and appreciation of the literature of diverse cultures.


Grading:  Grading will be based on ongoing demonstration of familiarity with the material covered as demonstrated in class discussions and content of the class notebook and the successful completion of class activities, assignments, and quizzes.  The grading scale will be as follows – A:  90-100; B:  80-89; C:  70-79; D:  60-69; F:  below 60.


Grade Distribution

Percent of Class Grade

Class discussion, videos, activities

(includes homework assignments)


Class notebook


Quizzes (may include short essays or reaction papers, reading checks, etc.)



Plagiarism:  Any work you submit should be your own.  Ideas or information taken from print, video/DVD, broadcast, or computer accessed sources must be acknowledged.  Plagiarism or cheating may result in zero credit for the test or assignment and in a lower course grade or a failing grade.  Assignments in the course may be submitted to, an Internet service subscribed to by GHC in order to encourage academic honesty. Papers submitted to are compared to numerous active and archived Internet sites, other publications, and’s database of submitted student papers. Since does compare submitted student papers, you should be careful to not let another student use your work since you could be implicated in a plagiarism or excessive collaboration situation, both of which are prohibited by the college’s Academic Integrity Code.


The Georgia Highlands College “Academic Integrity Code” and polices on student conduct are located in the GHC “Student Guide and Planner” and in the student handbook at  There you will find a detailed definition of plagiarism and other types of academic dishonesty and a description of the procedures and sanctions relating to violation of the Code.


Attendance:  Because of the rapid pace of short-term classes and because much of your grade will be related to class activities, it is essential that you be in class every day.  (Missing one day is the equivalent of missing more than a week of a regular session class.)  Only an absence for which you have a doctor's excuse or which is truly unavoidable for significant reasons and of which the instructor is notified immediately (706) 368-7626 or 1-800-332-2406) may be considered an excused absence. Work missed because of an excused absence may be made up within a timeframe set by the professor.  However, because of the limited timespan of the course, even excused absences may make it impossible to succeed in the class. The professor reserves the right to discontinue makeup work for excused absences at any time.


Disability Support:  Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability may discuss this with the instructor or contact Student Support Services (706-295-6336). This should be done immediately. GHC has resources available for students with certain disabilities. Accommodations (such as providing materials in alternative formats, assuring physical access to classrooms, or being sensitive to interaction difficulties that may be posed by communication and/or learning disabilities) may be made through Student Support Services on all campuses.




Deadlines:  Work must be completed in a timely manner.  Late work will receive either no credit or reduced credit as determined by the instructor. The instructor reserves the right to alter the dates, material covered, or format of any exam after notifying students in advance.


Electronic Devices:  All electronic devices (cell phones, laptops, etc.) will be turned off and stored out of sight during class. It is inappropriate to leave class to take a call, and deductions may be made for work missed while out of the room.


Professor’s Absence:  In the event of an unexpected absence by the instructor, an effort will be made to find someone else to meet the class.





Through tests and papers, students will demonstrate an understanding of the diversity among cultures as revealed in history, customs, and literature, including the intellectual and historical foundations of Western society, and the influences, genres, themes, and characters that have been important in world literature through the early seventeenth century.

Through the writing of essays and discussion test topics, students will demonstrate their ability to conceive ideas about a topic, synthesize and arrange them logically, and express them clearly in written standard English.

Through written assignments, students will also demonstrate critical thinking skills as they recognize differing perspectives and analyze and interpret literary works.

Through writing and/or oral reports students will demonstrate library research skills, their understanding of proper documentation, and the ability to call upon the scholarship of others in formulating their own views. (This outcome supports the college’s Information Competency plan.)


GHC Student Learning Outcomes FOR ENGL 2111:


Communication:  (1) Students will demonstrate their ability to express ideas logically and clearly in standard written English.  (2) Students will demonstrate their ability to read, analyze, and comprehend college level written texts.


Critical Thinking:  (1) Students will be able to recognize differing perspectives and points of view.


Humanities:  (7) Students will be able to place literature and other artistic works into a historical context.



To students receiving financial aid:  Federal regulations state that if a student does not attend

classes and receives failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be

reduced accordingly.  Any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that

the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each

class.  Students who have passed at least one class for the semester will not be affected by this

regulation.  If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid

should be adjusted from the time he/she signed the withdrawal form.