Literature & Arts

Course Information


Semester: Spring 2008-2009

Course Number: 297/52

Course Title: Literature & Arts

Time: M/W 8:00-9:15

Place: Keifan 252

Final Exam: 13 June, 2:00-4:00


Teacher: Hanan Muzaffar

Office Hours: S/T/R 1:00-2:00


Contact Information:


    Mobile: 9989-3734


Course Description:

This course combines the study of literature with that of art in a chronological manner. The aim is to be able to detect the spirit of the age as it creatively manifests itself in works of literature, paintings, sculptures and music.



Cunningham, Lawrence and John Reich. Culture & Values. 6th Edition. Australia: Thomson, 2006. (and study guide)


Course Requirements/Grades:

10% In-Class Participation

You are expected to be an active member in class, participating every day to enrich our classroom discussions. You will not be judged for your opinions but will be expected to come to class everyday prepared with your reactions, questions and comments on the assigned readings.

10% Forum Participation

As soon as you register for this course, I will send you a username and password to join the forum. Be prepared to enter at least one significant post for each age or art movement. Use proper English only. A short paragraph is all that is needed when you post in the forum as this is a place to interact with your classmates. Do not use the forum as a chat session or a place to exchange pleasantries.

10% Presentation

Depending on class size, group or individual presentations will be assigned during the first week. Present your material in around 10 minutes. Prepare a one page outline presenting the main points you presented to be handed to your colleagues in class. Allow around 5 minutes at the end of your presentation for discussion or interaction. Email me your outline as an attachment. You are not allowed to use this work for your personal response.

10% 4 Personal Responses

You must submit 4 personal responses of two pages (500 words) each throughout the semester: 2 before the midterm, 2 before the final. Make your own choice from the works of literature you are assigned, but remember to submit your response before we discuss that work in class. These will be personal interactions to the assigned readings, not a summary of what you read. Feel free to comment, argue, and relate what you read to other material or ideas. Follow paper writing guidelines in website. Send as email attachment.

20% 2 Papers as follows:

15 April:  2-page Paper (500 words) on work of literature heard from the BBC website. Start listening to the BBC broadcast as early as possible. Do not wait till the week the paper is due to go online. You have enough time to prepare for this so I will not accept any excuses about your inability to go online and listen to the play or any other problems with that. Refer to your Study Guide page 220 for more instructions. Send as email attachment.

10 June: 4-page Paper (1000 words) on work of art. Refer to your Study Guide page 216 for guidance. More instructions will be revealed in class. Send as email attachment.

Refer to the Writer's Guide found in your course's main webpage for further instructions on writing these papers.

20% Midterm Exam (22 April)

The exam will be made of two parts.

Part one: Choose 5 questions to answer in 1-3 sentences each.

part two: Choose one question to answer in the form of and essay of 2 pages, double-spaced.

20% Final Exam (13 June)

This follows the same pattern of the midterm exam, with 2 essays instead of one.


Writing Skills:

Avoid Plagiarism: You plagiarize when you present any information in your paper that is not yours without properly referencing it. Whether that information is quoted directly, paraphrased, or summarized, you have to follow it with parenthetical references immediately, not just list the source at the end of the paper. Your first attempt at plagiarizing will earn you a zero for that assignment. If you plagiarize again, you will earn an F for the course.

All written material (responses and research paper) should be typed using font size 12 Arial, double-spaced, on A4 size papers with 1" margins on each side.

Your name, teacher's name, course title and number, and date should appear on the left-hand side of the paper. The title should be centered under that, using the same size font.

Save the file as a word document and send to my email ( by the due date.

Click here to download a paper template with the correct format. Delete the Works Cited page if not needed.



The teacher reserves the right to make changes in the division of grades and syllabus. You will be notified of such changes in due time. 

And finally, I hope we all have fun and enjoy what we’re reading. My aim is for you to leave class wanting to read more, and being able to do so with more of a critical eye. But most of all enjoy reading.