Georgia Highlands College

English 2111 – World Literature I

Professor Patterson · Georgia Highlands College

Fall 2013 · TR 11am · Room F-150 · CRN 80101 · 3 Credit Hours

A survey of important works of world literature from ancient times through the mid-seventeenth century

Prerequisites of “C” or higher in both English 1101 & 1102

Online Syllabus:   ·   Email:

(Note: This course uses an online syllabus but does not use D2L)

Office Location: F-162 · Office Phone: 706-368-7625 · Division Phone: 706-295-6300


    - Titles should be read and assignments completed by the beginning of each class sessions below.

- (N ##) refers to page numbers in the Norton text; (RC) refers to selections in the Reader's Companion.

- While in class, all cell phones should be silenced and stored away from desktops. Any phone use during class, except in the case of extreme emergencies, will result in students being asked to leave the classroom.

- The use of personal laptops during class is strictly limited to course-specific work, and unrelated use will result in students being prohibited from bringing laptops into the classroom.

    - Instructor reserves the right to amend course syllabus at any point, providing notice to students.


August 20

Introduction to course  - reference to companion site

August 22

Discuss Gilgamesh(Volume A - N 95-151) and (RC Gilgamesh)

August 27

Complete Gilgamesh

August 29

Discuss Egyptian poetry (N 29-33, 76-80)

September 3

Discuss The Bible: The Old Testament (N 151-169, 180-190 ) and (RC The Bible - Old Test. section)

September 5

Quiz 1; begin to discuss Homer and The Odyssey (N 222-229, 332- 342, 385-396, 467-477, 577-600) and (RC Homer & Odyssey)

September 10

Complete The Odyssey; receive Paper 1 assignment

September 12

CLASS WILL MEET IN GHC LIBRARY - Discuss GIL and GALIEO and general lit paper writing and lit analysis tips ; review  general MLA mechanics; discuss citing GIL and GALILEO and paraphrasing instruction; review literary terms

September 17

Discuss ancient Greek tragedy and view videos on such linked here; discuss Sophocles and Oedipus  (N 701-746) and (RC Sophocles & Oedipus)

September 19

Complete Oedipus

September 24

Discuss Aristophanes and Lysistrata (N 823-862) and (RC Lysistrata)

September 26

Quiz 2; complete Lysistrata

October 1

Turn in Paper 1 assignment; discuss Plato and Socrates (N 863-864, 1143-1148) and (RC Plato); discuss Apology and  Classical Greek philosophy material linked here , study guide linked here

October 3

Discuss Aristotle and sections of The Poetics (N 1149-1153) and (RC Aristotle & Poetics); review for midterm

October 8

Midterm Exam; receive Analects discussion directions

October 10

Discuss Confucius and selections from Analects (N 1330-1343) and (RC Confucius)

October 15

Fall Break – class will not meet

October 17

Discuss The Bhagavad-Gita (N 1282-1300)

October 22

Complete The Bhagavad-Gita

October 23


October 24

Discuss Virgil and The Aeneid (N 961-985,  1008-1027, 1044  [start with line 725] - 1048) and (RC Aeneid & Virgil); notes linked here  and Book VI linked here

October 29

Complete Aeneid

October 31

Discuss Augustine and selections from Confessions (Volume B - N 45-62) and (RC Augustine & Confessions)

November 5

Quiz 3; discuss Asian literature, Li Bo and poetry selections (N 1022-1029) and (RC Li Po); receive and discuss Paper 2 assignment

November 7

Discuss selections from The Qur’an (N 71-93) and (RC Mohammed)

November 12

Discuss Beowulf (N preface 107-112, poem [starting page 112] Lines 1-1650 and Lines 2201-3180) and (RC Beowulf)

November 14

Complete Beowulf

November 19

Discuss Dante and selections from The Divine Comedy (N 387-418, 436-440, 450-460, 508-511) and (RC Dante & Divine Comedy)

November 21

Turn in Paper 2 assignment; complete Dante and selections from The Divine Comedy

November 26

Quiz 4; Discuss Boccaccio and The Decameron (N 605-618)  and (RC Boccaccio & Decameron) - video available here

November 28

Thanksgiving holiday  - class will not meet

December 3

Discuss Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales (N 657-681, 701-709, 713-724) and (RC Chaucer & Canterbury Tales) - PowerPoint & video links available here

December 5

Discuss Luther and To The Christian Nobility ( Volume C; N 753-756) ;  discuss Shakespeare’s sonnets (N 177-180); PowerPoint & video links available here; discuss final exam

Tues, Dec. 17 at 10am

Final Exam

COURSE OVERVIEW: In addition to regular readings, students will take quizzes over reading material, write two complete analysis essays responding to reading assignments, take a midterm and final exam, as well as complete additional homework and class work as instructed.

All students in this course will be required to use computers and MS Word (the College’s software does not support any other word processing programs) to complete research essay assignments. Students should keep back-up copies of all assignments. Throughout the term, computers will be used to access online course information, execute research and correspond via email with the instructor. The URL for Georgia Highlands College’s student email system is, and this account is the official email contact route for all college departments with all students. Thus, this account should be checked daily. If a student's email is not operating properly, it is the student’s responsibility to contact Information Technology for assistance. The telephone number is 706/295-6775.

Emails sent to the instructor during overnight hours or on weekends will not receive replies until the next weekday in most cases.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:  Area C Outcome in Core:   Students will articulate how various forms of thought and expression reflect individual, social, or cultural values and perspectives.
•    Through written assignments, exams, and discussion, students will demonstrate an understanding of literature in its historical and cultural contexts, as well as genres.
•    Through written assignments, exams, and discussion, students will be able to identify literary styles and social issues in the work of prominent authors associated with the time period covered in the course.
•    Through written assignments, exams, and discussion, students will demonstrate the ability to synthesize information in standard English to support ideas or arguments as they examine literary works.
•    Through written assignments, exams, and discussion, students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate or make inferences about information, arguments, or observations.
•    Through written assignments, exams, and discussion, students will demonstrate effective use of appropriate literary terminology

GRADES: Final grades will be determined by averaging all of the following five scores:

●"Points Total" [Sum of quiz, special projects, & in-class assignment grades. 100 possible points]

●Midterm Exam    ● Final Exam    ● 2 complete research papers

(100-90=A, 89-80=B, 79-70=C, 69-60=D, 59-0=F)

Failure to turn-in all required assignments is the most common cause of failing a course; failure to follow directions is the most common reason for failing an assignment.

Students must keep original copies of all graded and returned material for grade verification purposes.

No work completed in other courses will be accepted in this class.

With all work, students must adhere to the principles of academic integrity, which obviously and simply means students must do their own work, complete their own exams, compose their own papers, and give proper credit for ALL ideas AND words of others used in any assignment. If the instructor observes evidence which indicates such principles may have been violated, actions will be taken in accordance with the College's Academic Integrity Policy, located online at . One specific violation of academic integrity, plagiarism, is becoming more problematic as a result of Internet sites offering research papers to students. The use of such papers is blatant plagiarism and a flagrant violation of academic integrity and will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the College’s policies. Additionally, plagiarism can be committed by failing to properly attribute the words/ideas of others or failing to adequately paraphrase source material. Deliberate or not, plagiarism is an immensely serious academic offense. Information on one of many plagiarism detection tools available can be reviewed at, and all work in this course is subject to required submission to this website.


EARLY WARNING PROGRAM: Georgia Highlands College requires that all faculty members report their students' progress throughout the course of the semester as part of the institution-wide Early Warning Program (EWP). The objective of the program is to support academic success by reviewing early indicators of satisfactory student progress. In accordance with EWP, faculty members provide the Registrar's Office with academic reports of each student enrolled in their course(s) at checkpoints staggered throughout the semester. The following success factors are reported at their corresponding checkpoints: Week 2: Notification of Non-attendance -- Week 8: Mid-term Status

ATTENDANCE: All GHC Department of Humanities courses, including this course, follow this attendance policy: A student who misses five classes (for classes meeting 2 days a week) or three classes (for classes meeting 1 day a week) may not return to the class without appealing to the division dean or a designee, unless the student has presented a justification which the instructor finds satisfactory.   This appeal must be made within one week.  Otherwise the student may not return to class and no appeal will be allowed.

If students arrive late to class, it is their responsibility to ensure the instructor noted their arrival, and this should be done immediately after class. After five late arrivals and/or early departures, future occurrences will be counted as absences.

As per the GHC Catalog: “Regular, punctual attendance at all classes is the student’s responsibility. Students are expected to account for absences to each instructor and, at the discretion of the instructor, to make up all work missed because of the absence. Final approval of any class absence remains with the individual instructor.”

Students who have circumstances that prevent them from continuing to attend classes over an extended period of time sometimes request that the faculty member permit them to submit work in absentia to receive credit to complete the course. If the concurrent absences will constitute more than 15% of the class sessions for the term, then written permission from the Division Chair is required before any course assignments can be completed while missing class.  The student must be in good academic standing in the course to make the request.  All approved coursework must be completed by the end of the semester in which the course was begun. (Note: If a program has a more stringent absence policy than this, then the program policy prevails.)

This message applies only to students receiving financial aid:  Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly.  Please be advised that 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 earned at least one passing grade 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 they signed the withdrawal form.

DUE DATES: Unless the instructor has been notified prior to the due date for any assignment and written verification of the extenuating circumstances precipitating late delivery is provided (i.e. copy of doctor's excuse, military orders, court documents, etc.), all late work will be penalized one letter grade for each day it is late. After the fourth class date beyond which assignments are due, late work will not be accepted and will earn a zero as a grade. Personal computer, software, network or storage device failure is not a valid excuse for late delivery of any assignment. Late assignments will not be accepted beyond the last date of class prior to the final exam. No make-up exam will be given for an exam or in-class grade unless the instructor is notified of a student's absence prior to the test date and time, and written verification of the reason for the unavoidable absence is provided.

TEXTS AND SUPPLIES:  Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces: Third Edition, Package 1/Volumes A, B & C (required); Hornstein's Reader's Companion to World Literature (recommended – not required); Hodge's Harbrace Handbook (used in your Eng 1101 & 1102 courses); and of course - paper, pens, notebooks, etc.

ADA STATEMENT: Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should make an appointment with the Student Success Center at 706/802-5003 to coordinate reasonable accommodations.  Students may also contact the instructor to discuss specific needs.



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