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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - MMC6503

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Current Status: -
Campus: St Petersburg
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5428 2016-03-22
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Mass Communications AP
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Casey Peterson 7278734881

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    MMC 6503 Literary Journalism

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? N
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Literary Journalism
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0



    Course Description

    Students will read classic examples of literary journalism throughout the semester, identifying those characteristics that contribute to successful literary journalistic writing, and culminating in an original piece of literary journalism by each student.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program

    B. 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?

    This course runs as an undergraduate elective offering in the Journalism and Media Studies undergraduate program, and the department has offered a crosslisted special topics section in the past.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, 1 time

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)


  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1. An understanding of the history of American literary journalism, from its earliest origins to the present day.

    2. An understanding of the major techniques utilized by literary journalists and how they differ from those used by traditional journalists.

    3. An awareness of the major figures associated with the genre of literary journalism and the significant contributions made by each.

    4. An ability to produce an original piece of work in the genre of literary journalism.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    -Synthesize the major developments in the history of literary journalism in America.

    -Recognize the major techniques used by literary journalists.

    -Demonstrate awareness of the major figures in literary journalism.

    -Create an original piece of literary journalism of significant length.

    C. Major Topics

    Pioneers of Literary Journalism

    Telling Tales

    The Reporter Takes the Stage

    Style as Substance

    Contemporary Literary Journalists

    Literary Journalism in Sports

    Celebrity Profiles and Literary Journalism

    D. Textbooks

    Kerane and Yagoda, eds. The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism (1998)

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Madeline Blais, “Zepp’s Last Stand”

    Lane Degregory, “Guide dog leads vision challenged professor to new insight”

    Pete Hamill, “The Death and Life of John Lennon"

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    One essay exam on literary journalism history - 20%

    One essay exam on major writers and techniques - 20%

    One short, original work of literary journalism - 20%

    One long, culminating work of literary journalism - 30%

    Attendance and participation in class - 10%

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    2 essay exams

    1 short original work of literary journalism

    1 long work of literary journalism

    H. 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.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Make-up work is not accepted.

    Plagiarism, as defined on the USFSP website, is punishable by an “F” on an individual assignment and, depending upon the specific circumstances, an “F” for the course. Plagiarism in the practice of journalism is an especially heinous act, given the credibility that must be maintained with our readers/viewers/users. In the instance where intent to defraud the reader is clear and demonstrable, the penalty will be an assigned grade of “FF,” designating failure for academic dishonesty, and resulting in dismissal from the university.

    In addition to coming to class, you are responsible for checking the Blackboard site for this class on a daily basis for any changes, additional reading, etc.

    You WILL be on time. I am. I don’t like excuses. Period.

    If you feel you have problems with the course or anything connected to the course, you should be in contact with me sooner, not later. I’m seldom, if ever, sympathetic at the end of the semester when a student has never come to me earlier. Believe it.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Journalism and Media Studies M.A., USFSP

  5. Course Concurrence Information

    Journalism and Media Studies M.A. Degree

    Food Writing and Photography Graduate Certificate

    Master's in Liberal Arts M.A. Degree

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