English 287: Great Books
Using the Course
Here are some important things to keep in mind
in using the course schedule.
- Reading assignments should be
completed before you come to class on the day the
assignment is listed.
It will be impossible to understand
what goes on in class if you haven't already read the
assignment before you come to the discussion.
Even more importantly, you must come
prepared to class in order to hold up your end of the
discussion that will take place in pairs and small groups
during almost every class session.
- What's required,
and what's only recommended. In the
course schedule, you will find two kinds of assignments
-- required and recommended. Assignments that are
recommended only show up only from time to time, and are
clearly indicated as such. Unless an assignment is
specifically indicated as recommended, it is
required. Almost all the assignments you will
encounter in the schedule are required.
- All page references in
the assignments are to the editions of our readings
listed in the Texts for the
Course. Except where indicated there, you are
welcome to use other editions of the works we are
reading; but if you do this, you are
responsible for locating in your edition the passages
referred to in the course schedule in the edition(s) I
have designated. The other kind of reference you
will find in the assignments is to something to be found
on the Web, whether on our course site or somewhere
beyond. Just click on the link provided. If
the assignment linked to is short and simple, you can
just read it on-line. But for longer and more
complicated readings (for example, for discussions of
critical concepts), you'll do better to make yourself a
copy (by printing it out), so that you can work through
it slowly, make notes in the margin, and review it at
- An important
caution: you'll find it useful to print
out a copy of the Course Schedule (or individual sections
of it). But when you look over your copy, keep in
mind that anything that appears
as underlined is a web link that you can only follow up
by getting on-line and clicking on the word or phrase
I never use underlining on a web page
for emphasis. (Instead I use bold, italics, colored
font, or large font, or some combination of these.
If you don't keep this in mind, you'll be hopelessly
confused in trying to make use of pages you have printed
- This schedule is
tentative. I may make adjustments in reading
or writing assignments if I think doing so best serves
the interests of the course as it develops. I will notify
you of these through our e-mail listserv or through the
Message of the Day.
- Prep sheets for
exams. About a week before the date
cited an examination, you will receive special
information (a "prep sheet") designed to help
you to review in a focused way for each exam.
Please note that "quizzes"
are distinct from "exams." There will be
no prep sheets issued for quizzes, which have the simple
(but important) purpose of giving students substantial
credit for keeping up with the reading assignments.
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(English 287: Great Books).
Go to the Course Schedule.
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This page last updated 19 August 2003 .