This course carries the learning outcomes common to all 5000-level courses in the English department:
By the end of the course, successful students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of course topic(s) [id est, networks and feelings].
2. Demonstrate expertise in close reading, analysis, and argument.
3. Think creatively and generate fresh perspectives.
4. Conduct advanced research by developing a research question; locating, evaluating, and integrating primary and secondary resources; and placing project in the context of relevant scholarship.
5. Write with fluency, clarity, and style.
In addition, ENG 5075 carries with it the “Communities and Cultures” designation. In addition to these 5 learning outcomes, by the end of the semester students will also be able to:
6. Demonstrate knowledge of relevant cultural production.
7. Engage in dialogue about socio-cultural power and its representation.
For MA students, the course carries yet more learning outcomes. By the end of the semester, MA students should be able to:
8. Engage in scholarly conversations in the field through the production of advanced research.
9. Relate course knowledge to issues within English Studies.
10. Successfully apply appropriate field-specific and interdisciplinary methodologies to the course topic.
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Now, this list is patently ridiculous.
Not only can I not possibly engage you all in all of the relevant ways this semester. More to the point, this sort of transactional and contractual language is organized and determined by the anxieties of neoliberalism and its attendant bureaucratic demands for accreditation, standardization, and abstraction. We’ll start asking some related questions in the back half of the semester.
To make our way through some of this, we’ll be generating our own learning outcomes together, and revisiting them a few times during the semester.