central concern of the World Literature Program is the development
of students' writing skills. For that reason, all students in the
program are required to write a minimum of 20 to 25 pages in the form
of analytical, interpretive, and critical thinking essays. This requirement
may be satisfied through a combination of formal papers, in-class
essays, essay exams, reflective journals, and other writing which,
in the instructor's and the program's judgment, qualifies as a rigorous
exercise in writing and reasoning. Faculty give individualized attention
to each student's writing and take appropriate measures to provide
for its development through a process of revision and rewriting focusing
on the mechanical, rhetorical, and intellectual aspects of the endeavor.
Each instructor's syllabus specifies the number, character, and length
of the individual assignments making up the 20-25 page writing requirement.
Syllabi also explicitly discuss the instructor's methods/philosophy
of teaching writing and the specific ways in which writing is evaluated.
Instructors are encouraged to develop a system which allows students
to become involved in and work through the various stages of the writing
process-including the development of original paper topics, the writing
and revision of drafts, and the submission of final copy. Such systems
may encourage students to keep journals embodying early stages of
reflection and analysis which can later be developed in formal papers.
While instructors are free to determine the specific sort of writing
to be required, it is recommended that at least half of the assigned
work (i.e. 10-12 pages) be constituted by formal papers developed
through a writing process. Journals, paper drafts, in-class essays,
and essay exams-provided they are subjected to careful reading, correction,
and commentary from the instructor-constitute acceptable writing exercises
which, in combination with formal papers, may be counted toward the
20-25 page total. As an additional way of receiving personalized attention
and working through the writing process, students are encouraged to
take advantage of the services of the tutors in the Writing
Center -- appointments with tutors may be made by calling (404)
280-4707. In determining writing assignments and grade weights, instructors
must be aware of the possible problem of conscious and unconscious
plagiarism in student papers. In order to minimize the potential for
and the impact of plagiarism, instructors are encouraged to combine
writing and assignments performed in class with those to be undertaken
at home. Instructors formulate and enforce a plagiarism policy in
each section of the course.