HUM 1 or "Adventures in Fiction, Poetry, and Drama" is a three-unit course that explores "recurrent themes in fiction, poetry, and drama as reflections of individual and universal concerns" (UP Mindanao Catalog). We'll meet twice a week, for one and half hours per session, over a 16-week period.
By the end of the semester, we would be able to appreciate how literary works function as a form of knowledge production in the arts and humanities domain. Specifically, we are expected to have:
To help us achieve these objectives, reading materials will be provided for individual reproduction. We can also refer to other literature textbooks and other references found at the University Library or we can access other sources on the Internet.
We'll start each class session with a short quiz based on assigned readings from these sources. That will facilitate our class discussions and activities, and will be one basis for your final grade. (No make-up test will be given for short quizzes since topics covered will be discussed during class sessions.)
Aside from active participation in class discussions, we'll also do quizzes and intertextual exercises to selected literary pieces. Cumulative scores from quizzes and intertextual activities will make up 30% and 40%, respectively, of our final grade. A final examination will make up the remaining 30% of your final grade.
We'll use a rubric for evaluating intertextual responses. The rubric will be based on the following criteria:
Rubrics may vary from one writing exercise to the next depending on the nature and requirements for particular literary pieces or intertextual response.
However, grades of papers submitted beyond the deadline may be deducted points for each calendar day the paper is late.
You are also encouraged to work on your writing exercises ahead of time so you won't be tempted to plagiarize in a rush to meet due dates.
Students commit plagiarism when they present as their own someone else’s work or ideas. Such action may result, depending on the gravity of the offense, in a failing mark for the particular activity or course. In serious or repeated offenses, students may face possible expulsion from the university (please refer to the Student Manual for your guidance).
Your rating for class participation and writing exercises will be for nothing though if you miss a certain percentage of class sessions. You may refer to the university’s Student Manual regarding policies on absences and their corresponding penalties. However, attendance also means active participation in classroom discussions and activities. As such, you are expected to take responsibility in examining, exploring, critiquing, and challenging ideas, concepts, and methods and techniques. You are also expected to have completed reading assignments before the scheduled discussion.
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