Sunday, January 3, 2010

Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus & Information
Be up-to-date with the following reading schedule and you will be ahead of lecture.
Nb 1.] This is a schedule for student readings; not a schedule of lecture material.
Nb 2.] This schedule lists the study weeks, and is exclusive of the university closure for the Olympic Games, February 15th to 26th. (e.g. Course Week 7 begins on March 5th.)

Reading Schedule

Week 1: Montgomery, Emily of New Moon
Week 2: Montgomery, Emily of New Moon
Week 3: Wilson, Innocent Traveller
Week 4: Wilson, Innocent Traveller
Week 5: Richler, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
Week 6: Richler, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
Week 7: Avison, Always Now, Vol. One
Week 8: Avison, Always Now, Vol. One
Week 9: Kogawa, Obasan
Week 10: Kogawa, Obasan
Week 11: Brown, Louis Riel
Week 12: Brown, Louis Riel
Week 13: Atwood, Payback

Assignment Deadlines.
Nb: There is a ten percent per day late penalty for all assignments, documented medical or bereavement leave excepted. For medical exemptions, provide a letter from a physician on letterhead which declares his or her medical judgement that illness or injury prevented work on the essay. The letter must cover the entire period over which the assignment was scheduled and may be verified by telephone. For any matter effecting deadlines, consult with the TA in person and before the assignment period.

Schedule of Assignment Due Dates.
(Assignments coded by colour. See separate assignment posts for details.)

January 5th, Group Project members set
February 1st Group Project proposal due.
March 1st, Mid-Term Essay topics posted.
March 26th, Mid-Term Essay due in lecture.
April 9th, Mid-Term Essay returned.
April 12th, Group Project due in seminar.
April 23rd, Final Essay due: no later than 23:59 Instructor's Department Mailbox.

Nb: “Participation (15% of course grade) requires productive participation, attendance and punctuality in seminar and lecture."

Instructor Contact:
Office Hours: AQ 6094 -- Tuesday 1:00-3:00. E-mail to 778-782-5820

Course Approach:
"[Neither Christianity nor Atheism but] an equally ancient faith .... rooted in the Socratic dialogues. It is the faith that human beings, reasoning together in a disciplined way, are capable of reaching shared understandings that are not merely intelligent, but also practicable and spiritually uplifting. This form of rationalism uses both rigorous scholarship and discursive analysis, i.e. dialectic, to seek out the conceptual basis for action. This rationalism was bequeathed to the world by Socrates himself, and has been reaffirmed by the greatest modern thinkers. My faith is that the deepest magic of our civilisation has arisen from Socratic rationalism, and that this can happen again now.
Socratic rationalism holds that most people are capable are capable of seeing the highest truths and of acting well when they do."
Bruce K. Alexander, The Globalisation of Addiction: A Study in Poverty of the Spirit. Oxford University Press, 2007 (Forthcoming).

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