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This is the course syllabus for ENGL1001: Introduction to Literature at the University of New Brunswick Saint John, winter 2017.

Meetings: Tues/Thurs 11:30AM-12:50PM
Room: OH103


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

Office hours: Tuesdays 1:00 to 2:00pm, or by appointment.

Course description:

This is a first year term course designed for non-majors and prospective majors alike. It provides an introduction to the study of literature in English, as well as to some of the tools critics use to interpret literary texts. Particular attention will be paid to:

  1. developing some of the critical skills important in English and the Humanities and university more broadly;
  2. learning some basic tools for understanding literary texts; and
  3. enjoying reading!

This course is part of the core curriculum for the English Programme. It will assist students in the development of their reading and writing skills and their understanding of the discipline.

Any questions about this section of the course or your program in general, please do no hesitate to leave a comment here or email me at jones at unb dot ca.

Course format:

The class will meet twice a week for 80 minutes each session. We will often follow a lecture format but every member of the class will be expected to participate through discussion, group work, and participation on this, the course weblog. Students are expected to have read the assigned readings before class.

Office hours:

All students are invited to attend office hours (Tuesdays 1:00 to 2:00pm, or 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 (PDF). 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.


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. For further information check the Student Services webpage for students with disabilities.

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. For appointments phone 648-5501 or drop by the Circulation Desk at WCL. 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


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.