ACL4002 Ethnic LiteratureBahçeşehir UniversityDegree Programs ENERGY SYSTEMS ENGINEERINGGeneral Information For StudentsDiploma SupplementErasmus Policy StatementNational QualificationsBologna Commission
Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
ACL4002 Ethnic Literature Fall 3 0 3 6
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Non-Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Dr. Öğr. Üyesi HATİCE ÖVGÜ TÜZÜN
Course Lecturer(s): Prof. Dr. GÖNÜL BAKAY
Recommended Optional Program Components: None
Course Objectives: To introduce the student to the literature of the major ethnic groups in the United States and examine the cultural contexts and literary traditions from which such literature emanates.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
Familiarization with a variety of themes and literary styles outside (what used to be) the traditional canon, and an awareness of the multiple facets of US identity.

Course Content

Diverse issues prevalent in multi-etnic America to be debated through the reading of five novels pertaining to Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans, as well as of passages from autobiographies of ethnic authors, and from theoretical work by various scholars. Watching parts of Roots to be added if there is time.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) General Introduction Reading
2) Analysis /Discussion of House Made of Dawn Reading
3) House Made of Dawn continued Reading
4) Passages from theoreticians Reading
5) Discussion /Analysis of The Color Purple Reading
6) The Color Purple continued Reading
7) Roots
8) Discussion /Analysis of Bless Me Ultima Reading
9) Bless Me Ultima continued Reading
10) Jasmine Reading
11) Jasmine continued Reading
12) Discussion /Analysis of Joy-Luck Club Reading
13) Joy-Luck Club continued Reading
14) Passages from autobiographies Reading
15) Final Examination
16) Final Examination


Course Notes / Textbooks: N. Scott Momaday, House Made of Dawn ( New York: Harper Perennial, 1999).
Alice Walker, The Color Purple (Orlando, FL: Mariner Books, 2006).
Rudolfo Anaya, Bless Me Ultima (New York: Grand Central Publishing, 1994).
Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club (London: Penguin, 2006).
Bharati Mukherjee, Jasmine (New York: N. Scott Momaday, House Made of Dawn ( New York: Harper Perennial, 1999).
Alice Walker, The Color Purple (Orlando, FL: Mariner Books, 2006).
Rudolfo Anaya, Bless Me Ultima (New York: Grand Central Publishing, 1994).
The tv series Roots

References: Passages from:
Henry Louis Gates Jr., The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism.
Werner Sollors, Beyond Ethnicity
Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands/La Frontera
W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk
Edward Said, Out of Place
Richard Rodriguez, Hunger of Memory
Marie Lauret et al., Beginning Ethnic American Literature

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 16 % 20
Midterms 2 % 40
Final 1 % 40
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 3 42
Study Hours Out of Class 12 4 48
Presentations / Seminar 1 4 4
Homework Assignments 5 8 40
Midterms 1 8 8
Final 1 10 10
Total Workload 152

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) Build up a body of knowledge in mathematics, science and Energy Systems Engineering subjects; use theoretical and applied information in these areas to model and solve complex engineering problems.
2) Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex Energy Systems Engineering problems; select and apply proper modeling and analysis methods for this purpose.
3) Ability to design complex Energy systems, processes, devices or products under realistic constraints and conditions, in such a way as to meet the desired result; apply modern design methods for this purpose.
4) Ability to devise, select, and use modern techniques and tools needed for solving complex problems in Energy Systems Engineering practice; employ information technologies effectively.
5) Ability to design and conduct numerical or pysical experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret results for investigating the complex problems specific to Energy Systems Engineering.
6) Ability to cooperate efficiently in intra-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; and show self-reliance when working on Energy Systems-related problems
7) Ability to communicate effectively in English and Turkish (if he/she is a Turkish citizen), both orally and in writing. Write and understand reports, prepare design and production reports, deliver effective presentations, give and receive clear and understandable instructions.
8) Recognize the need for life-long learning; show ability to access information, to follow developments in science and technology, and to continuously educate oneself.
9) Develop an awareness of professional and ethical responsibility, and behave accordingly. Be informed about the standards used in Energy Systems Engineering applications.
10) Learn about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; develop an awareness of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development.
11) Acquire knowledge about the effects of practices of Energys Systems Engineering on health, environment, security in universal and social scope, and the contemporary problems of Energys Systems engineering; is aware of the legal consequences of Energys Systems engineering solutions.