Instructor: Ms. Bich Minh Nguyen
Mailbox: English Department, 133 McIver
Office: 136E McIver
Office tel #: 334-5837
Office hours: T Th and by appointment
Student Learning Goals
At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:
an understanding of the interconnections among regions of the world, including
regions other than North, American,
· Locate, interpret, and evaluate information on diverse global cultures
· Demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences on a global scale
· The “GN” marker indicates a subset of Global Perspectives courses (see above) which focuses on cultures, nations, or sub-nationalities in Eurasia, the Caribbean, Central and Latin America, East Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and the Pacific Islands, and indigenous people around the world
· A specific course should focus on the social, literary, cultural, historical, geographic, religious, artistic, or political conditions of peoples outside the Anglo and Anglo-American context, and of peoples of diasporic and indigenous groups
· Curricular issues include matters of cultural, social, political, economic, or historical change, for example, human diversity, identity, interdependence, human rights, justice, religion, political systems, ecology, technology, material culture, or post-colonial developments
· The term “global nonwestern” carries with it an emphasis on the inter-connections between regions, whether conceived in terms of colonial and neocolonial relationships, human rights, discourses of justice, cultural and aesthetic developments, technology, ecology, or epistemology
Required texts (subject to change)
Global Voices: Contemporary Literature from the Non-Western World. Biddle, Bien,
Cooke, Dharwadker, Gonzalez Echevarria, Mzamane, Reyes, Eds.
Meatless Days, Sara Suleri
This course will introduce you to postcolonial theory and the literature of the major regions of the non-Western world. Through literature we will try to understand some of the basic issues of postcolonial development: identity; gender; race; politics and power; alienation and exile; and society and individual after independence. By embracing these works, many of which provide guiding principles for the cultures they represent, you will become more familiar not only with the writings considered central to certain non-Western cultures but also with the ideological and social bases of the cultures themselves. Come to class prepared to share your ideas, work with your peers, and challenge yourself. Class requirements include active participation in class discussion, quizzes, and four exams.
2. Reading responses and quizzes
In general, the grade breakdown will be as follows:
Each exam: 15% each (for a total of 60%)
Participation and attendance: 30%
Quizzes and reading responses: 10%
Deadlines will be strictly enforced. Late work will not be accepted. This course involves a great deal of in-class group work and discussion, the kind that is virtually impossible to make up outside of the class; therefore, if you miss a class you will not be able to make up that day’s in-class work. This includes exams.
You all know what this is: plagiarism is the use of someone else’s ideas or words and claiming them as your own. This includes using a source without citing it and turning in another person’s work. It also includes turning in work that you have already turned in for a different course. Plagiarism is an extremely serious matter and will result in the failure of this course as well as possible expulsion from the University.
Take care to keep the syllabus and the schedule handy, as assignments and due dates are subject to change. And don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions! Utilize the class group, come by my office hours, or write me over e-mail.