Department of English  .  Courses Offered  .  Tour Objectives  .  Projected Itinerary  .  Syllabi 

All of the information included here is subject to change. Modifications may be required depending on the exigencies of the situation.

Final pre-departure class meeting---3pm, May 12 in Clow 209. Reading assignments, writing assignments and syllabi are posted on D2L sites.

For updates, please visit our blog at UWOIrleand.blogspot.com

 


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Tour Leaders
Marguerite Helmers, Department of English. www.english.uwosh.edu/helmers. helmers[at]uwosh.edu

Pamela Gemin, Department of English. www.english.uwosh.edu/gemin. geminp[at]uwosh.edu

Contact Office of International Education for more information: oie@uwosh.edu http://www.uwosh.edu/oie/, 424-0775

 

Courses Offered: Register for up to 6 credits

Undergraduate

Introduction to Creative Writing  ENG 204

An introduction to a number of creative written and/or graphic genres including poems, concrete poems, prose-poems, short stories, cartoons, plays, and graphic novels, plus approaches to reading and writing about related texts. Does not fulfill General Education Humanities requirement. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), or English 101, or English 110. Instructor: Pamela Gemin.

 Modern British Literature  ENG 225

A study of works by 20th-Century British writers. Primarily for non-majors. Prerequisite: Any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188) or English 101 or English 110. Writing assignments will be required. Instructor: Marguerite Helmers.

 Creative Writing: Poetry I  ENG 305

A course designed to provide a workshop approach to student writing and analysis. Student poetry is given constructive in-class critique. Requirements include a minimum of one original poem each week and outside reading in contemporary poetry, with attention to form and content. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 305/505. Instructor: Pamela Gemin.

Advanced Poetry Writing  ENG 306

A course designed to provide further opportunity, through a workshop approach, for close analysis and critique of student writing. Class structure, requirements, and assignments are similar to English 305, but each student is expected to demonstrate increased proficiencies in the discovery and development of a personal style. Prerequisite: English 281 or consent of instructor. 306/506. Instructor: Pamela Gemin.

Advanced Composition for the Social Sciences ENG 316

An advanced composition course, designed to enhance proficiency in reading and thinking and in expository writing on issues relevant to the social sciences. Recommended for majors in any of the social sciences. Prerequisite: 45 units (crs.) including any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), English 101, English 110, English 202, or consent of department chair. Limit to 3 crs. of Advanced Comp per semester. English 316 may not be taken concurrently with English 302, 307, 309, 310, 317, 318, 321 or 389. Prerequisite: 45 units (crs.) including any Writing-Based Inquiry Seminar (WBIS 188), English 101, 110,  or 202 or consent. Limit to 3 crs. of Adv Comp per semester. University Hnrs Prgrm participant with prior or concurrent enrollment in HNRS 175. Instructor: Marguerite Helmers.

Literary Study Tour  ENG 350

This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A course in British, American, or post-colonial literature which includes a conducted tour of sites in England, the U.S., or other regions pertinent to the focus the tour takes in any given year. Offered jointly by the English Department and the Division of Continuing Education. Itineraries, special course fees, and specific course requirements will be available whenever the course is offered. 350/550. Instructor: Marguerite Helmers.

Graduate

Creative Writing: Poetry I (graduate)  ENG 505

An elective course designed to provide a workshop approach to student writing and analysis. Student poetry is given constructive, in-class critique. Requirements include a minimum of one original poem each week and outside reading in contemporary poetry, with attention to form and content. 305/505. Instructor: Pamela Gemin.

 Advanced Poetry Writing (graduate)  ENG 506

A course designed to provide further opportunity, through a workshop approach, for close analysis and critique of student writing. Class structure, requirements and assignments are similar to English 305, but each student is expected to demonstrate increased proficiencies in the discovery and development of a personal style. 306/506. Instructor: Pamela Gemin.

 Literary Study Tour (graduate)  ENG 550

This course may be offered with different content. With a different subtitle, it may be taken twice with the signature of the department chair. A course in British, American or post-colonial literature, which includes a conducted tour of sites in England, the U.S., or other regions pertinent to the focus in any given year. Offered jointly by the English Department and the Division of Continuing Education.  Itineraries, special course fees and specific course requirements will be available whenever the course is offered. 350/550.Instructor: Marguerite Helmers. 

 

Tour Objectives

The study tour to Ireland helps students achieve the following Essential Learning Outcomes of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh:

  1. Skills, both Intellectual and Practical, including

  2. Critical and creative thinking

  3. Written and oral communication

  4. Teamwork, leadership, and problem solving

Responsibility, as Individuals and Communities, including

  1. Civic knowledge and engagement—local and global

  2. Intercultural knowledge and competence

  3. Ethical reasoning and action

  4. Foundations and skills for lifelong learning

Traveling increases our ability to problem solve, because we are placed in unfamiliar locations. The relative independence of travel affords us the opportunity to move outside the comfort zone of home and become decision-makers. It helps travelers become flexible and adaptable, as we adapt to slightly different customs and a particularly different cuisines. In Ireland, where the official languages are English and Irish (Gaelic), students will be able to experience a culture that is both familiar and strange.

In addition to literary awareness, students will gain geographical and historical knowledge by traveling. Ireland’s literary history extends back centuries and includes such famous names as Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, W. B. Yeats, and George Bernard Shaw. Furthermore, due to the migration from Ireland to the USA during the mid-19th century, America is home to a vast population of American Irish immigrants who have sought to preserve their heritage through story and song. Thus, as students travel to Ireland, they will also learn more about some of the histories and cultures that make up the United States and will become aware of cultural differences within their own country, thus enhancing their greater cultural sensitivity.

 

Projected Itinerary (subject to change)

Sunday, May 15: Depart Chicago

Monday, May 16: Arrival Dublin
Dublin Castle (afternoon)
Ø Overnight Dublin

Tuesday, May 17: Dublin
Trinity College and the Book of Kells
Kilmainham Gaol
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
ØOvernight Dublin

Wednesday, May 18: Dublin
James Joyce Center
Writer's Museum & Writer’s Centre
National Museum
ØOvernight Dublin

Thursday, May 19: Dublin
Glendalough bus tour (Wicklow Mountains)
ØOvernight Dublin

Friday, May 20: Dublin to Sligo
Hill of Tara or Newgrange
Afternoon: Kells Heritage Town
Ø Overnight Sligo

Saturday, May 21 Sligo—Innisfree Boat Tour
Boat tour of Lough Gill ("The Lake Isle of Innisfree")
Drumcliffe, Yeats Memorial
Transfer to Galway
Stop at Carrowmore (megalithic tombs)
Ø Overnight Galway

Sunday, May 22: Galway
Coole Park (Yeats / Autograph Tree) in Gort, including lunch and walk to lake
Yeats tower at Thoor Ballylee
Ø Overnight Galway

Monday, May 23: Inishmore (Aran Islands)
Cruise to Inishmore Island
Museums tour by coach, including a stop at Dun Aonghus
Ø Overnight Galway

Tuesday, May 24: Westport and Connemara
Ø Overnight Galway

Wednesday, May 25: Galway free day
Farewell dinner at Dunguaire Castle
Ø Overnight Galway

 Thursday, May 26: Dublin to Chicago

 

Sample Syllabi, subject to modification

Introduction to Creative Writing ENG 204

Modern British Literature ENG 225

Creative Writing: Poetry I  ENG 305

Advanced Poetry Writing ENG 306

Literary Study Tour: Reading and Writing in Place: Ireland ENG 350

Advanced Composition ENG 316

Creative Writing: Poetry I  ENG 505

Advanced Poetry Writing ENG 506

Literary Study Tour: Reading and Writing in Place: Ireland ENG 550

 

04/24/2011