This is the course weblog for English 3722: Topics in speculative fiction: the short story at the University of New Brunswick Saint John, fall 2016.
Meetings: Thursdays 1:30-4PM in HH228
Dr. Miriam Jones
Humanities and Languages, UNB
Hazen Hall 103
English 3722: Topics in Speculative Fiction is a senior seminar. Each time this course is offered, it focuses on a different thematic, formal, or historical aspect of speculative fiction. This year, the course traces the development of the science fiction short story from its earliest iterations in the nineteenth century, through the “golden age” of the early twentieth century when genre periodicals were at the peak of their popularity, and on into the twenty-first century. We will engage with the texts in thematic “clusters” but by the end of the term students will also have developed a sense of the chronological development of this sub-genre, as well as a stronger appreciation of the short-story as a literary form.
This course will assist students in the development of their reading and writing skills, their oral expression, and their understanding of the discipline. Students are expected to have already successfully completed at least 9 ch of lower level English.
Any questions about the course, please do no hesitate to leave a comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The class will meet once a week for two and a half hours. We will follow a seminar format; the instructor will present material but every member of the class will be expected to participate.
All students are invited to attend office hours (Tuesdays 1:30 to 2:30pm, or by appointment). If anyone is having any difficulties with the material or the assignments, they are particularly encouraged to come in as soon as possible. But office hours are not just for those with difficulties; all students are welcome to come and discuss any questions or issues, or to get feedback on their work.
Rights and Responsibilities:
Students are invited to familiarize themselves with The University of New Brunswick Declaration of Rights and Responsibilities (PDF). From the preamble:
The University of New Brunswick is committed to providing a positive learning and working environment, one in which all members of its community are respectful and respected as individuals. We strive to foster a welcoming and supportive community, where every person feels empowered to contribute.
Anyone with specific needs is encouraged to discuss them with the instructor within the first month of classes. UNBSJ is committed to accessibility for all students. Regulations which pertain to students with disabilities are listed in the undergraduate calendar. For further information check the Student Services webpage for students with disabilities.
General information about written work:
- Format — All written work must be computer-generated or type-written, and must follow the MLA format.
- Due Dates — All assignments are due at the beginning of class (i.e. DON’T skip class and then come in as everyone is leaving to hand in your assignment because you were up all night and were just over at the lab printing it out.)
- Writing Centre — All students are actively encouraged to take their work to the Writing Centre. Even the best writers (especially the best writers) want and need feedback on their work. For appointments phone 648-5501 or drop by the Circulation Desk at WCL. Book early, as the Centre gets busy.
- Non-sexist language — According to UNB policy, all papers are expected to use respectful, inclusive language. When in doubt, check with the course instructor or a Writing Instructor.
In accordance with the commitment set out in the University’s Mission Statement to provide an environment conducive to the development of the whole person, all members of the University community – staff, faculty, students and administrators – have the right to work and/or study in an environment which affords them respect and dignity, and is free from danger, discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and behaviour which is destructive, disruptive, or unlawful.
All written work will receive a letter grade. Students who work together will share a grade on that assignment. The following grading scheme is recommended by the Faculty of Arts:
- A+ — 90-100%
- A — 85-89% A = excellent performance
- A- — 80-84%
- B+ — 77-79%
- B — 73-76% B = good performance
- B- — 70-72%
- C+ — 65-69%
- C — 60-64% C = satisfactory performance
- D — 50-59% D = minimally acceptable
- F — 0-49% F = inadequate performance
Code of Student Ethics:
Each assignment must be the original, independent work of the student responsible. Sources, when used, should be properly cited. If students have questions about whether their work is original and independent, they should see the instructor. When students are involved in groupwork, the contributions of each student must be acknowledged. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense with significant consequences; check the calendar for full details.
1. quoting verbatim or almost verbatim from a source (such as copyrighted material, notes, letters, business entries, computer materials, etc.) without acknowledgement;
2. adopting someone else’s line of thought, argument, arrangement, or supporting evidence (such as, for example, statistics, bibliographies, etc.) without indicating such dependence;
3. submitting someone else’s work, in whatever form (film, workbook, artwork, computer materials, etc.) without acknowledgement;
4. knowingly representing as one’s own work any idea of another.
NOTE: In courses which include group work, the instructor must define and warn against plagiarism in group work. Unless an act of plagiarism is identified clearly with an individual student or students, a penalty may be imposed on all members of the group.
From “Academic Offenses” in the Undergraduate Calendar.