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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - LIT6008
Tracking Number - 3049

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-01-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Received by OGS; in review. Elective for MA/PhD English: Lit Concentration. Obj need revision. Emailed 12/5/13. Upated. To Chair 2/6/14. Approved 3/4/14. To USF Sys 3/19. to SCNS 3/27/14. Appd eff 1/1/15

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-12-06
  2. Department: English
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 122300
  5. Contact Person: Nicole Guenther Discenza
  6. Phone: 8139741887
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: LIT
  9. Number: 6008
  10. Full Title: Studies in Postcolonial Literatures
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Studies in Postcolonial Lit
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: none
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: Study of literature from colonies of Europe. Major concerns include identity, struggles against colonialism and neo-colonialism, modernization, education, the changing status of women, and issues of language and literary genre.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? MA students in Literature can use this course as one of the two Cultural-Critical Studies courses they must take to complete the degree. PhD students may use it to satisfy their requirement of a theory-rich course with approval from the Graduate Director. Both MA and PhD students may also use the course as an elective. We have offered it four times as a selected topics course with an average enrollment of ten students per semester.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) PhD in English or closely related field with expertise in postcolonial literature theory.
  29. Objectives: students will (1) gain a better understanding of colonialism and postcolonialism; (2) discuss the representation of colonialism and postcolonialism in diverse narratives shaped by the experience; (3) improve their analytical and evaluative writing about the past and contemporary influences and ramifications of colonialism; and (4) acquire knowledge of colonial and postcolonial narratives, with special attention to both their shared characteristics and their cultural and historical specificity.
  30. Learning Outcomes: By the end of the class, students will be able to:

    1. explain diverse works of literature and theory regarding the experiences of colonialism and postcolonialism;

    2. think and write analytically and evaluatively about colonialism and postcolonialism;

    3. identify both common characteristics and historical specifics of several particular colonial and postcolonial narratives.

    4. conduct research in postcolonial literature and theory.

    5. identify major venues for conference presentation and publication.

  31. Major Topics: Literature from the colonial and postcolonial periods; genres, including poetry, drama, and the novel; postcolonial theory; identity, tribalism, the struggle against colonialism and neo-colonialism, the problem of modernization, education, the changing status of women, and issues of language and literary genre.
  32. Textbooks: Ashcroft, Griffiths, and Tiffin, The Empire Writes Back; Ashcroft, Griffiths, and Tiffin, The Post-Colonial Studies Reader; Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth; Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness; Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart; Tayeb Salih, Season of Migration to the North; Wole Soyinka, Death and the King’s Horseman; Buchi Emecheta, The Joys of Motherhood; Aime Cesaire, Notebook of a Return to the Native Land; Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions; Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Weep Not Child; Ayi Kwei Armah, The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born; Yambo Ouloguem, Bound to Violence.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: See Textbooks, above.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Class attendance and participation: 5 percent

    Midterm test: 20

    Prospectus for Research paper: 5

    Research paper: 35

    Final Exam: 35

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Assignments: one-page prospectus for Research paper, 12-15 page Research paper

    Exams: midterm and final

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    Attendance, preparation, and participation are mandatory.

    Students who anticipate the necessity of being absent from class due to a major religious observance must provide notice of the dates to the instructor, in writing, by the second class meeting.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Extensions will only be allowed in extraordinary circumstances (such as the hospitalization of oneself or an immediate family member), and you must notify me as soon as possible if such circumstances arise.

    Since plagiarism is the theft of others’ words or ideas, it is a very serious offense, especially for graduate students. USF defines the unattributed use of any published material as plagiarism, and the buying, taking, or use of another person’s paper as your own as cheating. Though the definition of dishonesty is in not in the graduate but the undergraduate handbook (see below), academic dishonesty is even more serious at the graduate level and in this class will automatically be punished by a grade of “FF” for the course. Plagiarists also face possible dismissal from the program. DON’T DO IT!

    If you have any questions about what constitutes plagiarism or cheating, ask me. Penalties for dishonesty are stiff, but there are no penalties for asking for help! Use the MLA Style Manual or Publication Manual of the APA and other aids for help with proper paraphrase and citation, and do not hesitate to ask me—even if it means handwriting corrections on a paper you will turn in a minute later.

    This course requires you to submit your paper to a plagiarism detection site that will be identified by your instructor. In order to comply with federal (FERPA) and state privacy laws, you (students) are not required to include personal identifying information such as your name, SSN, and/or U# in the body of the work (text) or use such information in the file naming convention prior to submitting. Please follow carefully your instructor’s instructions regarding what identifying information to include. Your submission will be placed in the course grade center in your account that can be accessed by the instructor and attributed to you.

    For the University’s official policy on academic honesty, see

  38. Program This Course Supports: This course supports our masters and doctoral programs in English.
  39. Course Concurrence Information: none

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