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English 250 - British Literature I - Ruth Rassool

Course:British Literature I
Professor:Ruth Rassool
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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I'm British. I majored in British literature. I can share a lot about British literature, language, and culture, particularly the surprising ways in which they differ from their American counterparts.

To be successful, you need to have access to a reliable computer and be reasonably proficient in navigating through Canvas. Personal experience has taught me that Canvas is not Explorer –friendly, nor is it particularly iPad friendly. The Canvas page will be accessible on the first day of the semester. Think of it as arriving at the classroom and finding the door unlocked. You will have to “attend” class on the first day in order to not be dropped from the roster. One of the most challenging aspects of an online class is the need to self-motivate. As a student, you have to manage your time well and be willing and able to keep up with the assignments in writing and reading. To help you with that initiative, I will not make the entire course available at the beginning. You will have a syllabus and schedule, but you will not be able to rush ahead alone – that’s a sure way to be lost in the material. The better approach is for the class to stay together and for individuals to find their own pace within the weekly assignments.

Course Description

English 250 surveys the literature written in the British Isles up to the last quarter of the 18th century in relation to their historical, philosophical, social, political, regional, and/or aesthetic contexts.

What to Expect in this Course

If you are still excited about the course, I’d like to tell you about my teaching philosophy as it relates to online education. In a physical space, we can gather and use a Socratic approach to the material: students discuss and I question to help you arrive at your own understanding. That pedagogy is possible in an online format, through discussion boards and through more private assignments. The discussion boards are to be used for the same type of dialogue for which you would normally raise your hand in a classroom. These discussions will lead to assignments that will be submitted for a grade, in the same way as you might submit a written assignment on paper.


Types of Assessments

Our textbook is divided into three volumes. When we have completed the material in each volume, which covers a particular literary period, students will write a paper on a given prompt from that volume. Approximately 5 weeks will be spent on the material in each volume; in that time there will be relevant quizzes provided by the publisher, discussions, and assignments that culminate in the volume paper.

Textbook Information

The Norton Anthology of English Literature

Additional Resources


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Online Education

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Last updated: 08/07/2023 Sub#: 1620