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Great Works of Literature I: Ancient Literature in our Modern World

Great Works of Literature I: Ancient Literature in our Modern World


This is a syllabus for ENG 2800: Great Works of Literature I.


Nicole Zeftel, Lecturer, English, Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, Baruch College, CUNY


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View Prof. Zeftel’s ENG 2800: Great Works of Literature I: Ancient Literature in our Modern World syllabus here.


Professor Zeftel’s hybrid schedule replaces one class meeting per week with online assignments and engagement. Students are required to complete an online assignment by the end of each week; online assignments consist of blog posts, collaborative writing, tweets, and online discussions. Students are also required to create a final digital project focused on the material covered throughout the semester. Students have a choice in the design of the project (creating an Instagram, Pinterest, VOCAT presentation, etc) and must write an accompanying paper that directly links the language of the chosen text to the digital project. The class uses a range of online platforms to explore both Ancient and Early Modern literature from China to ancient Greece. Professor Zeftel breaks her course into three units that cover ancient poetry, dramatic trilogies, and epic stories, respectively. In her course, students have the opportunity to use digital resources to create dynamic assignments that compliment and enrich the writing process.


Professor Zeftel’s syllabus clearly identifies the hybrid format of the course by indicating it several times in the beginning of the document. Professor Zeftel also provides helpful information about requirements for online learning and details about how in-person meetings  will be supplemented by online homework. The syllabus delineates how much time students should be spending completing online assignments and is clear about when and where the assignments are due. The course schedule includes essential details such as dates and locations of each class (online or in person) and a clear outline of assignment information. 

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