LITT15436G
Following Clues: Detective Fictions in Film and Literature
Sheridan
 
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
 
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2019
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): General Education Electives
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: Julie Warkentin
Version: 20190107_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: N/A

 
 
Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
This course focuses on detective fictions in film and literature. Students identify the characteristics of detective genre and compare the personalities, strengths and idiosyncrasies of a variety of male and female sleuths and the means by which they solve cases. Through interactive lectures, discussion, seminars and written assignments, students examine and analyze a variety of detective characters, dramatic and comedic, and consider the roles and characteristics of successful detectives through more than 150 years of the genre. Students demonstrate their learning by researching and writing responses to the material and by presenting on a literary or film construction of the detective.

Program Context

 
General Education Electives Program Coordinator(s): N/A
This course is part of the General Education curriculum which is designed to contribute to the development of the students' consciousness of the diversity, complexity, and richness of the human experience; their ability to establish meaning through this consciousness; and, as a result, their ability to contribute thoughtfully, creatively, and positively to the society in which they live and work. General Education courses strengthen students' generic skills, such as critical analysis, problem solving, and communication, in the context of an exploration of topics with broad-based personal and/or societal importance.


Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to analyze the elements of detective fiction and the character traits of the successful detective.
 
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Describe the characteristics of a successful detective
  2. Identify the essential elements of the detective fiction genre
  3. Analyze the role of the detective in literature and film
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking skills by analyzing methods of detection
  5. Evaluate the relationship of the character of the detective to plot development
  6. Compare the methodology of literary and film detective
  7. Create and deliver an effective, well organized oral presentation

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS & ONLINE INSTRUCTION
 Two film reviews (2 @ 10%)20.0%
 Analytical Essay25.0%
 Quizzes (3 @ 5%)15.0%
 Group Presentation15.0%
 In-class final Exam25.0%
Total100.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
TEST AND ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL To encourage behaviours that will help students to be successful in the workplace and to ensure that students receive credit for their individual work, the following rules apply to every course offered within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by the professor. 2. Students must write all tests at the specified times. Missed tests, in-class activities, assignments and presentations are awarded a mark of zero. If an extension or make-up opportunity is approved by the professor as outlined below, the mark of zero may be revised by subsequent performance. The penalty for late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days (excluding weekends and statutory holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include any day that the college is open for business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not. 3. Students, who miss a test or in-class activity or assignment or fail to submit an assignment on time due to exceptional circumstances, are required to notify their professor in advance of the class whenever possible. A make-up test may be supplied for students who provide an acceptable explanation of their absence and/or acceptable documentation explaining their absence (e.g., a medical certificate). All make-up tests are to be written at a time and place specified by the professor upon the student's return. Alternately, students may be given an opportunity to earn the associated marks by having a subsequent test count for the additional marks. Exceptional circumstances may result in a modification of due dates for assignments. 4. Unless otherwise specified, assignments and projects must be submitted at the beginning of class. 5. Students must complete every assignment as an individual effort unless, the professor specifies otherwise. 6. Since there may be instances of grade appeal or questions regarding the timely completion of assignments and/or extent of individual effort, etc., students are strongly advised to keep, and make available to their professor, if requested, a copy of all assignments and working notes until the course grade has been finalized. 7. There will be no resubmission of work unless this has been previously agreed to or suggested by the professor. 8. Students must submit all assignments in courses with practical lab and field components in order to pass the course.



Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Two film reviews (2 @ 10%)20.0%
 Analytical Essay25.0%
 Quizzes (3 @ 5%)15.0%
 Group Presentation15.0%
 In-class Final Exam25.0%
Total100.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
TEST AND ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL To encourage behaviours that will help students to be successful in the workplace and to ensure that students receive credit for their individual work, the following rules apply to every course offered within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by the professor. 2. Students must write all tests at the specified times. Missed tests, in-class activities, assignments and presentations are awarded a mark of zero. If an extension or make-up opportunity is approved by the professor as outlined below, the mark of zero may be revised by subsequent performance. The penalty for late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days (excluding weekends and statutory holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include any day that the college is open for business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not. 3. Students, who miss a test or in-class activity or assignment or fail to submit an assignment on time due to exceptional circumstances, are required to notify their professor in advance of the class whenever possible. A make-up test may be supplied for students who provide an acceptable explanation of their absence and/or acceptable documentation explaining their absence (e.g., a medical certificate). All make-up tests are to be written at a time and place specified by the professor upon the student's return. Alternately, students may be given an opportunity to earn the associated marks by having a subsequent test count for the additional marks. Exceptional circumstances may result in a modification of due dates for assignments. 4. Unless otherwise specified, assignments and projects must be submitted at the beginning of class. 5. Students must complete every assignment as an individual effort unless, the professor specifies otherwise. 6. Since there may be instances of grade appeal or questions regarding the timely completion of assignments and/or extent of individual effort, etc., students are strongly advised to keep, and make available to their professor, if requested, a copy of all assignments and working notes until the course grade has been finalized. 7. There will be no resubmission of work unless this has been previously agreed to or suggested by the professor. 8. Students must submit all assignments in courses with practical lab and field components in order to pass the course.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


 

General Education
This General Education course relates to the following themes as specified by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

  • Arts In Society

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Challenge Exam
    Notes:  One or more component may be required contingent upon the student's prior learning experience.
  • Portfolio
    Notes:  One or more component may be required contingent upon the student's prior learning experience.
  • Interview
    Notes:  One or more component may be required contingent upon the student's prior learning experience.

 
 
Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: Multiple Professors
Resource(s):
 TypeDescription
RequiredTextbookThe Longman Anthology of Detective Fiction, Mansfield and Marchino, Longman, 2004

Applicable student group(s): General Education Elective
Course Details:

Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.

Effective term: Winter 2019
Professor: Multiple Professors
Textbook(s): The Longman Anthology of Detective Fiction. Eds. Dean Mansfield- Kelley and Lois Marchino. Longman, 2004.
Applicable student group(s):General Education Elective.
Description:
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Week 1:
Course and General Overview
Policies & Expectations
Detective Fiction as a Genre
Readings:
-John Ball: "Murder at Large" 
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MODULE 1 (The Classical Age)
Week 2:
Origins and History of Detective Fiction
Poe's Prototypical Detective
 
Readings:
-Edgar Allan Poe: "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"
-Edgar Allan Poe: "The Purloined Letter" (weblink)
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Week 3:
Victorian Era Detection
 
Readings:
Sherlock Holmes and the Essentials of Detection
Readings:
-Arthur Conan Doyle: "Silver Blaze"
-Arthur Conan Doyle: "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" (weblink) 
-Arthur Conan Doyle: "A Case of Identity" (weblink)
QUIZ #1 (5%)
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Week 4:
Film:  Murder By Decree
ASSIGNMENT:  FILM REVIEW #1 (10%)
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MODULE 11 (The Golden Age)
Week 5: 
Formalizing the Genre
Class and Gender in Detective Fiction
Readings:
-Patricia D. Maida & Nicholas B. Spornick:  From the "Puzzle Game"
-Agatha Christie:  "Witness for the Prosecution"
-Dorothy L. Sayers: "The Haunted Policeman" 
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MODULE III (The Hard-Boiled Detective)
Week 6:
American Reactions to the Golden Age
Rise of the Femme Fatale
Readings:
-Raymond Chandler: "The Simple Art of Murder"
-Raymond Chandler: "Trouble is My Business"
-Dashiell Hammett: "The Gutting of Couffignal"
QUIZ #2 (5%)
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Week 7:
Film:  The Big Sleep
ASSIGNMENT:  FILM REVIEW #2 (10%)
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MODULE IV (The Police Procedural)
Week 8:
Conglomerate Detection
Realism in the Genre
Readings:
-Ed McBain: "Sadie When She Died"
-Ian Rankin: "The Dean Curse"
ASSIGNMENT:  ANALYTICAL ESSAY (25%)
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MODULE V (The Postmodern Age)
Week 9:
The Postmodern Detective Story
Readings:
- S.J. Rozan: “Going Home”
- Jasper Fforde: “The Locked Room Mystery Mystery” (available on SLATE)
 
QUIZ #3 (5%)
 
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Week 10:
Female Writers/Female Detectives
Parodying the Genre
Readings:
-Sue Grafton: "The Parker Shotgun"
-Margaret Maron: "Deborah's Judgement"
Film:  Bored to Death
DUE:  ANALYTICAL ESSAY (25%)
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Week 11:
Student Presentations (15%)
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Week 12:
Student Presentations (15%)
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Week 13:
FINAL EXAM (25%)
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Week 14:
Presentation Evaluations and Exams Returned
 

 



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