Syllabus

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English 3722: Topics in speculative fiction: ZOMBIES!

Meetings:

New Room: Tuesdays 1:30-3:50PM in HH225 OH202

Instructor:

Dr. Miriam Jones
Humanities and Languages, UNB
Hazen Hall 103
jones@unb.ca
(W) 648-5527

Description:

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. In the Winter 2019 term, for the first time, our focus will be ZOMBIES! We will trace the modern zombie from its origins in the Haitian tradition of the zonbi, to George Romero’s retooling of the genre in the mid-20th century. Most of our attention will be on contemporary literary iterations of the zombie, with frequent detours into films, television, graphic novels, and other media. 

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 jones@unb.ca.

Course format:

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.

Office hours:

All students are invited to attend office hours (Tuesdays 11:30-1pm and 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. 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.

The University of New Brunswick Declaration of Rights and Responsibilities (PDF)
Accessibility:

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. Academic accommodations for students with disabilities are provided by the Student Accessibility Centre. For further information check the Student Services webpage for students with disabilities. If you are a student with a disability and would like to discuss potential accommodations, you are encouraged to contact Ken Craft, Student Accessibility Counsellor. Ken can be reached at kcraft@unb.ca or 648-5690.

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. Make appointments online. 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.

From “General Regulations on Student Non-Academic Conduct” from the Undergraduate Calendar
Evaluation:

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.

Plagiarism includes:

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.

[Image: detail from Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Cliff Rathburn, The Walking Dead Compendium, Vol. 2, Image Comics, 2012.]

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