EAC502 - Without Reservations

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Subject Title
Without Reservations

Subject Description
"What am I doing here?" was the late travel writer Bruce Chatwin's guiding question.  Travel writing, as a literary genre, introduces you to stories from around the world and from across time; from narratives imagined to narratives actually experienced. The notion of "journey" differs according to who is travelling, to whom the travellers are speaking , where they are travelling, when they are travelling, how they are travelling, and with whom they are travelling and so context informs the way travel literature affects and shapes its audiences.

Credit Status
One General Education credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Examine the forms and functions of travel literature as a genre.
  2. Explore the recurrent themes present in travel texts
  3. Analyze the ways in which travel writing can both reinforce and subvert basic value systems, sterotypes or other assumptions in a cultural context
  4. Examine the ways that travel and travel writing are both local and global practices that create points of intersection for our own lives and others
  5. Incorporate critical reading and writing skills that include analysis, thesis-driven writing, rhetorical organization of travel texts and your own responses, provision of appropriate evidence, and effective use of language

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

EAC150 or equivalent

Topic Outline
Students will develop and demonstrate their competence in written expression, reading, and research skills by examining such topics as physical and metaphysical journeys, travel narratives as critiques of self and society, travel and culture and quests of introspection. 

Mode of Instruction
To ensure that students are engaged as much as possible in the learning process, instructors can use such teaching methods as class and small group discussions, essays and research, individual and group presentations, readings, lectures, workshops, in-class exercises, and/or web-based instruction.

Prescribed Texts
Macdonald, S. Holy Cow: An Indian Adventure. Crown Publishing Group
Chatwin, B. In Patagonia. Penguin Books
Byron, R. The Road to Oxiana. Oxford University Press

Reference Material

Maimon, Elaine, et al., A Writer's Resource: A Handbook for Writing and Research. McGraw-Hill Ryerson
Any Canadian Reference or Handbook
Students should possess an appropriate college-level dictionary/thesaurus.
Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library MLA Style Guide and Guide to Integrating Quotations (MLA Style):

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

To be successful in this course, students must complete all course work as specified & achieve an overall grade of 50% or higher.  For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.
Term Work:
The term work will constitute 70% of the final grade. The instructor's class schedule will indicate the nature of the weekly activities as well as the assignments, their due dates, and their value.  All assignments must be correctly documented using MLA criteria – in-text citations for quotes and paraphrasing; MLA Works Cited page – and follow the criteria established by the instructor, unless otherwise notified.
All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly. There is no provision for rewriting late assignments, regardless of the grade awarded.  Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.
Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date.  If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.
Final Examination:
The final examination will constitute 30% of the final grade. Students will respond to the exam questions in essay form that satisfies the learning outcomes of EAC502: Without Reservations
Grading scheme:
Content Quizzes 10%
Written Assignments 25%
Seminar with Written Analysis 15%
Major Paper 20%
Final Examination 30%    
Student Success:
Please come prepared to participate in class.  Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time, and attend each and every class. Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood