EAC553 - Defining Normal:Illness & Health in Modern Writing

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Subject Title
Defining Normal:Illness & Health in Modern Writing

Subject Description
What does it mean to be "healthy" or "sick"? Is it the same for everyone? This subject explores the meaning of health and illness as it is presented in different forms of literature. By reading novels, short stories, and non-fiction accounts, students will examine how our culture defines both physical and mental health, as well as our reactions to people who suffer from disease or ill health. The subject will also consider the spectrum from illness to health and how "healing" operates-even when there may be no change in physical condition.

Credit Status
One General Education credit.

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

  1. Define what it means to be healthy today.
  2. Analyze portrayals of illness and health in a variety of media (fiction, non-fiction and film)
  3. Evaluate how these narratives can help develop resilience, compassion and hope.
  4. Distinguish between being healed and being cured.
  5. Use writing to better interpret, explain, analyze, and assess representative texts, teachings, and problems

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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 how languages, social norms and economic contexts shape experiences of health and illness; how conceptions of selfhood, sexuality, belonging and spirituality inform ideas about well-being, disease, intervention and healing: how this cross-cultural literary inquiry of bodily and emotional experiences is represented in Western biomedical and traditional Chinese diagnosis and treatment practices; how sufferers and their caregivers adapt in the face of infirmity or trauma – from recovery and remission and from despair and chronic pain to cancer, aging and death; and, how these narratives can help develop resilience, compassion and hope.

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 computer-aided instruction.

Prescribed Texts
Readings/material to be supplied by the professor

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, you must complete all course work as specified and 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.

Course Work
The course work will constitute 100% 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 assignments must be completed prior to the end date of the course. 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.

Grading scheme:

Content Quizzes 15%
Mid-term 20%
Seminar with Written Analysis 20%
Portfolio 25%
Final Project 20%

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