Fall 2016 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course is intended to introduce students to the intellectual and professional requirements of advanced study in literature, history, and the visual and performing arts; the course serves as the core course in the graduate program in the School of Arts and Humanities and is required. The recommendation is that students take it earlier rather than later in their degree plans; the assumption is that students in the course have not mastered the skills the course is supposed to develop. These skills include but are not limited to critical reading, explication and interpretation of literary and historical texts and visual and performing artifacts, and the production of analytical discussion.
This course will find as its primary target of investigation the State of Texas. By examining historical texts, literary representations, and artistic renderings including film, dramatic performances, and music, students will immerse themselves in both the factual reality and the artistic legacy of possibly the most iconic state of the United States. Included in this approach will be evaluations of different times, geographies, ethnic and racial distinctions, as well as the formation of clichÃ©s and accepted properties of the legacy of Texas.
The University of Texas at Dallas requires that a student pass this course with a grade of B or better for the course to fulfill a graduate degree plan.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Students will be required to attend all class meetings and to participate in all lectures and discussions, to read all assigned work, and to be prepared without notice to offer written evaluations and commentary on assigned work.
Each student will prepare a short oral presentation for the class on the course topic; the purpose of this presentation will be to stimulate discussion as well as to bring ancillary information to the course.
Each student will be asked to prepare a "model proposal" of between twelve and fifteen pages, plus bibliography, based on a thesis that has grown out of the course topic. This proposal will be designed to be used as a basis for a longer study that might run to a book-length examination of the topic. The proposal may or may not be associated with the oral presentation.