Coursework FAQs

Literature in Translation 360
French & Italian Renaissance Literature: On-line Course

 

How much of a time commitment will this course take?

What books will we read?

Is there a course timeline? Can I go at my own pace?

What support is available when I have course questions or technical problems?

How will I communicate with my instructor? With my classmates?

How much do I need to know or be able to do before I start?

If I fall behind, will I be able to catch up?

How will I be graded?

 

How much of a time commitment will this course take?

You can expect to spend 6 to 7 hours a week on this course. Most of your time will be spent reading, but you can also expect to spend about a half-hour each week viewing the online lecture.

What books will we read?

French and Italian poets such as Petrarch and Ronsard, philosophers such as Machiavelli and Montaigne, courtiers, courtesans and princesses such as Castiglione, Franco and the Queen Margot, explorers and storytellers such as Léry, Rabelais and Boccacio…

Is there a course timeline? Can I go at my own pace?

This course is offered on a semester schedule. You will be expected to start your coursework when the semester starts. Each week we will present a unit of work with a lecture, readings, and quizzes. Although you can do your work at your pace within the week, you’ll be expected to finish the Unit during the week. Students who audit the course (i.e. do not take the course for credit) are not bound by the weekly deadlines.

What support is available when I have course questions or technical problems?

Although it is a distance learning course, we are committed to assist you very closely and to we are keen to engage with you in authentically meaningful exchanges of ideas. Your instructor is available by email throughout the semester for your questions about the course topics. If you have technical problems, the UW-Madison DoIT HelpDesk is available by phone or email.

How will I communicate with my instructor? With my classmates?

Your instructor will be available by email. If you are enrolled for 4 credits, you will take part in weekly debates with your instructor and a small discussion group of your peers on an electronic discussion forum.

How much do I need to know or be able to do before I start?

There are no prerequisites for this course, but you should be comfortable with reading literature. You’ll do best if you can plan and keep a weekly schedule for spending time on this course.

If I fall behind, will I be able to catch up?

Your instructor guide is there to monitor your progress. The grades you will receive each week will help you keep track of your achievements. Although the course program allows for some flexibility, the workload is distributed in order to help you keep a regular pace.

How will I be graded?

Your grade will depend on your scores on numerous online quizzes, which are fill in the blank, and multiple-select questions based on the readings and the lectures. You will also write a weekly short essay which will be graded and commented upon by your instructor. The midterm and the final exams are essays as well. If you choose to enroll for 4 credits, your participation in the weekly discussion will be graded by the instructor, who moderates it.

 

 
 
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