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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2005

E 379S • Senior Seminar

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33565 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
PAR 104

Course Description

You will summarize your college experience as English majors by comparing it to that of students a century or so ago here and/or at Oxford. The basic method of the course is discovery learning. Thus students should be prepared to think for themselves: there will be fewer instructions for subjects of writing projects than what students may be used to from other courses. This can be frustrating for some, especially those who want a detailed formula that will guarantee them a good grade. More features of my teaching philosophy can be seen at

Because we will create multimedia writing projects on the web, students should have, or acquire on their own, both the ability to use webspace, or a similar net account, and the ability to transfer files to a CD. They should also be willing to check their email often. We will use Discussion Boards for informal writing about reading assignments. Informal Writing also includes in-class exercises and quizzes, and your individual learning record (LR): assignments encouraging students to set their own goals and become aware of their learning styles and obstacles. The LR includes a personality profile, a series of self-observations, and short interpretive essays written at midterm and semester's end. Class participation consists of showing up in class on time with the right books, having read the material assigned for that day, being prepared to talk about it, and listening carefully when others are speaking.

Grading Policy

Multimedia projects 50%
Final portfolio of all your work 15%
Informal writing 30%
Class participation 10%
There is more than 100% possible in this class.


Writing Skills Handbook, Charles Bazerman
The Illustrated Zuleika Dobson, Max Beerbohm (Yale)
Carroll's The Annotated Alice (W. W. Norton)
The Norton Critical Edition of Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure
Collection of Xeroxed materials to be purchased from Jenn's, 2000 Guadalupe


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