Welcome Letter for ENGL 246A

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Hello, potential students! In this class, we will study British literature from the Medieval period to the mid-1700s. We will cover the Medieval, Renaissance, and Enlightenment periods, which will include such works as Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, along with authors such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Jane Austen (among others). Some key themes will thread through the semester include heroism, love, and deception.


Instructor: Dr. Sally Demarest


Email:  sarah_demarest@cuesta.edu


This course will meet in a hybrid modality:

We will meet in person on Tuesdays from 12:00-1:20 in Room 6106, and we will conduct the rest of the class asynchronously online. There will be no required Zoom meetings during the rest of the week, but there will be some optional office hours and other Zoom times. Online content will focus on lectures, readings, and additional material, and in-person time will focus on discussion.


Course Start and End Dates:  January 17, 2023-May 19, 2023


If you need to contact me before the class starts, please email me any time:








Catalog Description:

Provides an introduction to the study of literature with an emphasis in both literary composition and critical thinking. This course develops critical thinking and writing skills through the close study of major genres of literature: poetry, fiction, and drama. Students receive instruction in analytical and argumentative writing by studying literature and criticism and by identifying sound and fallacious methods of reasoning in assessments of literature.


Learning Management System that houses the class:


What you should know:

  • This course is 18 weeks.
  • We weekly in-person meetings on Tuesdays from 12:00-1:20pm in Room 6106.
  • There will also be optional times when we can meet on Zoom, but there won't be required Zoom meetings.
  • There will be online lectures, assignments, and other content.
  • You will have homework assignments and readings due every week.
  • The class will require analytical and interpretive essays about the material.


Required Texts (can be purchased through the Cuesta BookstoreLinks to an external site.):

  • Longman Anthology of British Literature, Vol. 1A, 1B, and 1C (4th ed.), Damrosch, et al.
  • Lady Susan/The Watsons/Sanditon, Jane Austen, Penguin Classics edition.
  • Regular access to the internet, email, and Canvas


When to Start:

Please login to Canvas on by Tuesday, January 17th, and begin working in the class.  



If you are on the waitlist for the course, be sure to check your email regularly (it's best to check twice a day). If a spot becomes available, you will receive an automated message from Cuesta, and you will have just 24 hours to add the class, or you will lose the spot and be dropped from the waitlist. If you are still on the waitlist when the class starts, please email me on the first day of class to check on your status and the likelihood that you’ll be able to add.



Upon completion of this course the students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of selected major authors, texts, and genres of the Romantic, Victorian, and Modern periods of literature.
  2. Analyze the relationship between texts and their historical, philosophical, social, political, religious, and aesthetic contexts.
  3. Write clear and coherent interpretive arguments about British literature that are supported by textual and contextual evidence.
  4. Demonstrate comprehension of texts and contexts through productive academic discussion about works from the Romantic, Victorian, and Modern periods of British literature.


Required Regular and Effective Contact:
This course requires regular and effective contact among all students and the instructor for the full 18 weeks of the course. We will achieve this in a variety of ways, such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • weekly in-person meetings
  • interaction between students (and the instructor) in discussion forums and collaborative assignments
  • weekly homework readings and submissions
  • virtual office hours
  • optional Zoom meetings
  • viewing of short video lectures and content
  • instructor feedback on written work
  • announcements
  • email messages

This course is designed using an accessible Learning Management System, and course materials have been created with ADA compliance in mind. If you have a disability and might need accommodations in this class, such as extended time on exams or other resources, please work with Disabled Students Programs and Services and the instructor as soon as possible so that you can receive appropriate accommodations in a timely manner.

DSPS (Disabled Student Programs & Services)Links to an external site. or 805-546-3148.  



About Canvas, the Course Learning Management System (LMS):

This online course will be using a Web-based Learning Management System called Canvas as the method to disseminate information. Canvas provides the framework for the course including PowerPoint presentations, student data files, the tools to receive and send course materials, and a grade book. Using the communication tools, you can communicate using e-mail, and you can share materials and ideas with other course participants via the discussion forums and groups. Please feel free to ask questions, look up YouTube videos on how Canvas works, and contact our support desk when needing help: support@my.cuesta.edu. If you send an email to the support desk, please describe the problem you are experiencing and include your name, class, section number (CRN), and instructor's name.




Starting the Class / Getting into Canvas:

Prior to the first day of class, I will send an email to your my.cuesta.edu address providing you with a reminder that class will be starting and log in procedures for Canvas, the learning management system (LMS) used to deliver course content. You can access Canvas by logging into MyCuesta, then clicking on the Resources Tab, then clicking on Canvas in the Online Learning Channel, or by typing the Canvas address (https://cuesta.instructure.com/) into your browser address bar. Do not bookmark / favorite the canvas site after your login, or you will get an error message next time you try to log in. You must access the canvas log in directly.


If you are not familiar with logging into Canvas, please refer to the Canvas Quick Reference GuideLinks to an external site.. Once logged into Canvas, click on the ENGL 201A course card on your dashboard, and then you will be given directions for how to get started. Be sure to read all the directions on the course home page. If you are having difficulty logging into Canvas and need assistance please email me, or email technical support at this email address: support@my.cuesta.edu.



Online Learning:

If you have never taken an online class or this is your first experience with Canvas, please be patient with yourself and with the technology. Online classes are not inherently easier, although they may be much more convenient for many students. You should expect to spend at least as much time as you would on a 4-unit course that meets face to face (8-12 hours per week), and sometimes it will feel like it takes more time than a regular course because you have to do so much of the work on your own. Since there is no lecture component, much of this time will be self directed, and there will be a substantial amount of reading, video viewing, studying, and writing required. This course is completely online using Canvas; all coursework (discussions, assignments, quizzes) is submitted online. There are no face-to- face meetings.






Canvas Browser requirements/minimum computer specifications:

https://www.cuesta.edu/academics/distance/faqs_technical.htmlLinks to an external site.

Academic Policies (add, drop, waitlist, academic honesty, etc.):

https://www.cuesta.edu/student/studentservices/admrreg/arpolicies/index.htmlLinks to an external site.

Distance Education Support:

https://www.cuesta.edu/academics/distance/technical_support.htmlLinks to an external site.

Disabled Student Services Program:

If you have a disability and might need accommodations (support services) in this class, please contact Disabled Student Program & Services in Building 3300 as soon as possible to ensure that you receive the accommodations in a timely manner.

https://www.cuesta.edu/student/studentservices/dsps/index.htmlLinks to an external site.



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