Department of English

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Undergraduate Course Preference Form

Undergraduate Courses in the Department of English


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English courses typically require 5,000-10,000 words of written work for a full-year course or its equivalent (writing may include essays, tests, exams, written contributions to discussion groups, etc.). All English courses expect and encourage oral contributions from students, and some instructors may require formal oral presentations. English courses are arranged in four series, each of which indicates the nature and level of work expected.

100 Series
Courses in our 100 series introduce students to the study of English at the university level through broad courses that introduce major literary forms via examples drawn from different times and places. These courses aim to develop reading, writing, and critical skills: essays at the 100 level typically do not require research or secondary sources. These are very large classes (400+), with substantial TA support for marking and the small-class experience of tutorials.

200 Series
Courses in our 200 series introduce specific aspects of the discipline: literature in a specific genre, or literature from a specific place or people. Larger courses at this level are encouraged to adjust their assignments to their introductory intent: e.g. tests, quizzes, and other assignments in place of one or more essays. Coursework at the 200 level may require some research. These are large, lecture-driven, TA-supported courses (150+); exceptions to this model are courses the Department deems important for disciplinary reasons to offer at an introductory level, but which do not yet attract enough students to justify a large lecture and so will be offered in small sections (45) with no TA.

300 Series
At the 300 level, courses advance into a particular period or subject within a literature or literary genre: contemporary American fiction, for instance, or a particular topic in Shakespeare studies. Students at this level receive instruction in the use of print and digital research materials (either from the instructor or through library services), and write one or more essays that incorporate research and/or secondary critical sources. These courses are offered in sections of 45 with no TA, with a very few popular sections capped at 80 with a TA.

400 Series
Courses in the 400 series are both advanced and focused, unique courses created by Department faculty that often relate to their own research. Courses at the 400 level require a substantial research essay for which the student has significant input into framing the research question. Although the essay may focus on a particular research question within the course, it may also be an opportunity for the student to synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired over the course of their degree, both inside and outside English courses. Courses in the 400 series do not have exams; the bulk of the student's grade is based on this research essay and/or its different stages, such as a research proposal, a bibliography, outline, etc. Students in the Specialist and Major Programs are prepared for this research essay by the writing and critical skills acquired in the 100- and 200- series courses and by the specialized research skills in English acquired at the 300 level. These are small courses (25) with no TA support. Our 400-series courses meet for two rather than the usual three hours per week.

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St. George Undergraduate English Course Selection for 2017-18. Please complete and submit by November 4th.
Section A
Complete all relevant fields. There is space at the bottom for additional comments if required.
FCE = full (Y) course or equivalent.
Given Name:
Email address:
Percentage of your appointment in English (%):
Normal teaching load in English: (for 100% English appointments the teaching load is 2.0 FCE)
Administrative teaching release (in FCE):
Administrative Position:
Start year:
End year:
Are you requesting a research leave in 2017-18?
(Note: to make multiple selections, use CTRL key+ click)
Are you requesting to teach a graduate course in 2017-18?
If yes, in which term have you requested to teach your graduate course?
Net Undergraduate teaching load: normal load minus any release, leave, or graduate teaching (FCE):
Section B
Please list at least 3.0 FCE that you are willing to teach from the English Course List above.
- List at least 0.5 200-series FCE in your area.
- List at least 0.5 400-series FCE in your area. As with the 199 seminars, faculty may typically teach a 400-level course three times.
- List at least 1.0 300-series FCE in your area.
First choice, course number and title:
Second choice, course number and title:
Third choice, course number and title:
Course number and title (optional):
Course number and title (optional):
Course number and title (optional):
Are you interested in teaching an extra course on overload?
If you answered "yes," provide course and term:
Section C
Please indicate your preferred teaching schedule for each course listed above, e.g. "T1-3,R1 for ENG220Y":
- MWF daytime sections occupy 3 one-hour periods from 9-4pm (e.g. MWF9).
- MW and TR daytime sections occupy a 2-hr/1-hr split between 9-11am, 11-1pm, 1-3pm, or 3-5pm (e.g.T1,R1-3).
- Evening sections meet M-R 6-9pm or 6-8pm for 400-level classes.
First preference:
Second preference:
Third preference:
Section D
Additional Comments:

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