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A. Syllabus

  1. 1. English 22: Science Fiction and Fantasy Spring 2009 Instructor: Jackie Coughlan Section #02: TTh 9:00AM-10:15AM, SH 229 Office: FO 116 Office Hours: TTh 2:00PM-3:30PM, Office Phone: (408) 924-4579 F 1:00PM-2:00PM, Email: jackiness@hotmail.com and by appointment * papers will not be accepted via email Course Description: SJSU Catalog: Students will examine works of literary fantasy and science fiction to understand them as expressions of human intellect and imagination; to comprehend their historical and cultural contexts; and to recognize their diverse cultural traditions. Both contemporary and historical works will be studied. In this course, I will guide you through a survey of science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories from the historical to the contemporary. We will be exploring questions such as: “What makes a human? Is an artificially created sentient being human? In a world that includes robots, machines, androids, clones, cyborgs, and chemically or biologically enhanced humans, how can we determine the difference? We will be looking at the ways in which scientific and technological advances redraw the boundaries between humanity and other creatures, real or imaginary. Our class will focus thematically on the android, starting with Mary Shelley’s monstrous creation in Frankenstein, and ending with more familiar and contemporary depictions, such as the androids in the movie Blade Runner, or the character of Data from Gene Rodenberry’s TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Required Texts and Materials: 1) Roberts, Garyn G. The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy. ISBN# 0-13-021280-6 2) Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Norton Edition. ISBN# 0-39396458-2 3) Wells, H.G. The Time Machine. Norton Edition. ISBN# 0-39392794-6 4) Asimov, Isaac. I, Robot. ISBN# 978-0-553-38256-3 5) Asimov, Isaac. Caves of Steel. ISBN# 978-0-553-29340-1 6) Dick, Phillip K. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? ISBN# 978-0-345-40447-3 Course Content: Writing: Essays will be assigned equaling a total of 3000 words. This minimum requirement excludes the midterm and final examination, journal writing, quizzes, and any brief or informal assignments. Essays must be typed, double-spaced, with 12 pt. font. They also must follow MLA guidelines both for formatting and for formal citation of research. The last paper of the semester will be a formal research paper. Reading: English 22 is a reading intensive course, so please plan accordingly. You will have reading assignments to complete for almost every class period. I will expect you to complete the readings prior to each class and come with your book prepared to discuss them in class. Occasionally, there may be reading quizzes. Midterm/Final: There will be a midterm test in-class and a take-home final examination. Both will contain essay questions relating to the assigned reading. Topics will be announced in advance. Participation and Other Work: There will be other homework assignments as announced in class. Possibilities include: questions for discussion, group work, short journals/ in-class writing, presentations, quizzes, peer editing sessions, and acting. I reserve the right to change these as I see fit. You cannot make these up even if you have a legitimate reason for missing class. Email/Course Website: Occasionally I will assign reading material that you will need to download from the class website at http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty_and_staff/faculty_detail.jsp?id=2572 You will not be required to print these out, but you might want to do so for your own convenience. I also will be communicating with the class by email about assignments and schedule changes. You will be responsible for keeping your email address current in MySJSU. Late Policy: Out-of-class essays are due on the dates assigned, and must be turned in on time to receive comments and grades in anything like a timely manner. Because I have a heavy grading load, I am experimenting with a more flexible policy on late papers this semester. Late essays will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. If you miss a major assignment of any kind, and you
  2. 2. wish to make up the points, you must speak with me IN PERSON after class or in office hours to arrange a turn in date. Late essays may not be returned to you with comments, but I will read and grade them. Once I give you a late turn in date, the paper becomes entirely your responsibility. Please do not abuse this policy. I will not accept a huge stack of make-up work late in the semester, and a make-up date is no guarantee of a passing score on the late work.
  3. 3. Early/Late Assignments: Directions for turn-in: If you do have a paper that you need to turn in either early or late because you will not be able to attend class, please leave it with one of the receptionists in the English Department office. They will put the date and time on and put it in my mailbox. Another method is to turn in your paper directly to me at the next class meeting or during one of my scheduled office hours. These are the only acceptable methods for turning in assignments out of class- please do NOT email me papers. English Department Office Contact Info/Directions: (408) 924-4425 FO (Faculty Offices) 102 The English department office is located in the Faculty Offices building. This is where you will turn in any late assignments. My own office is also located on the first floor, (FO 116) but because I share it with other faculty members I ask that you do not leave any assignments there unless I am present to receive them. Grading Breakdown: Out-of-class Essays: (2) 25% Participation and Other Work: 15% In-Class Midterm: 15% Take-Home Final Exam: 20% Research Paper: 25% Grading Policy: The Department of English reaffirms its commitment to the differential grading scale as defined in the official SJSU Catalog (“The Grading System”). Grades issued must represent a full range of student performance: A = excellent; B = above average; C = average; D = below average; F = failure. Courses graded according to the A, B, C, No Credit system shall follow the same pattern, except that NC, for No Credit, shall replace D or F. In A, B, C, No Credit courses NC shall also substitute for W (for Withdrawal) because neither NC nor W affects students’ grade point averages. In English Department courses, instructors will comment on and grade the quality of student writing as well as the quality of the ideas being conveyed. All student writing should be distinguished by correct grammar and punctuation, appropriate diction and syntax, and well-organized paragraphs. SJSU Academic Integrity Policy: Your own commitment to learning, as evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University, and the University’s Academic Integrity Policy require you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty are required to report all infractions to the office of Judicial Affairs. The policy on academic integrity can be found at http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/S04-12.htm. The SJSU rules against plagiarism are set forth in the SJSU Catalog, which defines plagiarism as the act of representing the work of another as one’s own (without giving appropriate credit) regardless of how that work was obtained, and submitting it to fulfill academic requirements. Plagiarism at SJSU includes, but is not limited to: (1) the act of incorporating the ideas, words, sentences, paragraphs, or parts thereof, or the specific substance of another’s work, without giving appropriate credit, and representing the product as one’s own work. It is the role and obligation of each student to know the rules that preserve academic integrity and abide by them at all times. This includes learning and following the particular rules associated with specific classes, exams, and/or course assignments. Ignorance of these rules is not a defense to the charge of violating the Academic Integrity Policy. Campus Policy on Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act: If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 requires that students with disabilities register with DRC to establish a record of their disability. The DRC website is http://www.drc.sjsu.edu. Class Schedule- All homework is due on the dates listed. Schedule may be subject to change. PH= Prentice Hall Anthology
  4. 4. Jan 22 Th First Day of Class Introductions 27 T Read in PH “How Science Fiction Got Its Name” (pp 1127-1135) 29 Th Read Frankenstein, Preface and Vol. I, Ch 1-5 (pp 5-38) Read in PH “The Mortal Immortal” (pp 8-16) Feb 3 T Read Frankenstein to end of Vol. I, Ch 6-7 (pp 39-58) and Vol II, Ch 1-9 (pp 59-101) 5 Th Finish Frankenstein, Vol. III, Ch 1-7 (pp 103-156) Read in PH “The Body Snatcher” (pp 69-80) 10 T Read The Time Machine, Ch 1-7 Read in PH “The Diamond Lens” (pp 346-361) 12 Th Finish The Time Machine Ch 8-11 and Epilogue Read in PH “The Ray of Displacement” (pp 380-389) 17 T Read in PH “A Princess of Mars” (pp 390-435) 19 Th Finish in PH “A Princess of Mars” (pp 435-494) Read in PH “Friend Island” (pp 224-231) 24 T Read “R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots)” (Handout/PDF) Research Paper Assigned 26 Th Read in PH “Robot Nemesis” (pp 544-556) Mar 3 T Read I, Robot: Introduction, “Robbie,” “Runaround,” “Reason,” and “Catch that Rabbit” Essay #1 due (750-1000 words) 5 Th Finish I, Robot: “Liar!,” “Little Lost Robot, “ “Escape!,” “Evidence,” and “The Evitable Conflict” Read in PH “Jay Score” (pp 587-599) 10 T Read in PH “There Will Come Soft Rains” (pp 718-723) 12 Th In-Class Midterm 17 T Read Caves of Steel, Introduction and Ch 1-5 (pp vii-71) Read in PH “The Long Watch”(pp 709-718) 19 Th Read Caves of Steel, Ch 6-9 (pp 72-111) Research Paper- tentative thesis statements due Essay #2 Assigned 24 T Spring Break 26 Th Spring Break 31 T Cesar Chavez Day – No Class April 2 Th Read Caves of Steel, Ch 10-14 (pp 112-209)
  5. 5. 7 T Finish Caves of Steel, Ch 15-18 (pp 210-270) 9 Th Reading TBA Essay #2 due (1000-1250 words) 14 T Read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Ch 1-5 (pp 3-60) 16 Th Read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Ch 6-10 (pp 61-120) Read in PH “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” (pp 880-894) 21 T Read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Ch 11-15 (pp 121-165) Read in PH “The Jigsaw Man” (pp 907-914) 23 Th Research Paper Workshop – Rough Drafts due 28 T Finish Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Ch 16-22 (pp 166-244) Read in PH “Blood Music” (pp 1019-1035) 30 Th Watch Blade Runner in class Research Papers due (1500 words) May 5 T Read in PH “Troll Bridge” (pp 325-) (1993) 7 Th Take-home Final assigned 12 T Take-home Final Exam due