Syllabus for ENG-298



Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice is an upper-level course adapted from a course on the novels of Jane Austen offered by the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria, South Africa. It focuses on the novel by Jane Austen and the ways in which she expressed her concerns and preoccupations with the changes that occurred in her time. These changes included: the status of women; the interconnection between marriage, money, and love; and the relationship between social status and wealth. Students will have an opportunity to extend critical and analytical abilities by assessing those issues and their influence on Austen's central characters in her novel.


After completing this course, you should be able to:  

  1. Identify the following themes used in the novel: the status of women, marriage, money and love, social status and wealth.
  2. Describe and evaluate Jane Austen's use of irony to reinforce her world vision.
  3. Describe and compare the use of interconnections between each theme in Pride and Prejudice.
  4. Compare and contrast Jane Austen's worldview with the present and relate it to personal experience.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.


ISBN-13: 978-0393976045

The novel Pride and Prejudice is also available online in each module.

Study Guide

One Writer's Vision: Jane Austen Study Guide, (University of South Africa, 2002).

Note: The Study Guide is available online only and cannot be purchased.  A link to the Study Guide is provided in the each module.


Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice is a one-credit, online course consisting of three modules. Modules include study materials and activities.

Here is a quick breakdown of how the course is organized:

For the course's detailed week-by-week activity schedule (reading assignments, online discussion, and written assignment), please refer to the individual Modules. (See also the Course Calendar.)

For details about the final paper that you are required to hand in at the end of the course, scroll down to "Final Paper."

Please consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in an online discussion forum, complete a written assignment, and complete a final project. See below for more details.

Please consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Promoting Originality

One or more of your course activities may utilize a tool designed to promote original work and evaluate your submissions for plagiarism. More information about this tool is available in this document.

Discussion Forums

In addition to submitting a written assignment and a final paper for this class, you are also required to introduce yourself and participate in a graded online class discussion (Module 2).

Your first posting, "Introductions," gives you a chance to tell your mentor and classmates something about yourself and to find out who they are. In Module 2 you will have the chance to discuss a selected topic with your classmates. The discussion forum is designed to help you in presenting and refining your understanding of select themes presented by Jane Austen in her novel.

For details of how and when to participate in the assigned online discussion, please refer to the individual Modules. You can also check the Course Calendar for a schedule of when to participate in online discussions.

Communication with your mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online class discussions involves two distinct assignments: an initial response to a discussion question and subsequent comments on classmates' responses.

Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate or your mentor, state and support your position.

You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation, including your use of relevant course information to support your point of view, and your awareness of and responses to the postings of your classmates. Remember, these are discussions. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, mature, and respectful.

For posting guidelines and help with discussion forums, please see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Written Assignment

You are required to complete one written assignment. The written assignment is on a variety of topics associated with the course module.

The written assignment is essay in form. You may find it helpful to read over the assignment question before beginning the your reading assignment. For details regarding the assignment, see the individual Modules.

The written assignment is the primary means for you to express yourself verbally during the semester, controlling content and meaning. The due date for the assignment is listed in the Course Calendar.

Take the time to familiarize yourself with the Assignment Modules area of the course Web site, and read through the written assignment questions before you begin the reading for that assignment.

Your answers to the assignment questions should be well developed and convey your understanding of the readings and concepts. They should also adequately answer the question. If you need help in writing, take a look at The Writing Center: University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Also, formulate responses in your own words. Do not merely copy answers from your reading materials. When quoting or paraphrasing from the text or other sources, be sure to cite the source of information properly according to MLA or APA guidelines.

Prepare your written assignments using whatever word processing program you have on your computer. Include your name at the top of the paper, as well as the course name and code and the semester and year in which you are enrolled.

Before submitting your first assignment, check with your mentor to determine whether your word processing software is compatible with your mentor's software. If so, you can submit your work as you prepared it. If not, save your assignment as a rich-text (.rtf) file, using the Save As command of your software program. Rich text retains basic formatting and can be read by any other word processing program.

For help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.

Supplemental Journal Assignment

Module 1 of this course also features a supplemental journal assignment which is designed to help you focus on the major issues presented in the novel. This assignment consist of questions that you should consider before you begin reading. You are not required to submit your journal assignment to your mentor. However, you will find that answering those questions as you read will provide material for each written assignment as well as help you maintain your focus.

Final Project

Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice requires you to write a final paper that you must submit at the end of the course. You have a choice of three topics for your final paper, which should be between 4–5 double-spaced, typed pages in length. For full details regarding the final paper, see the Final Project section.

Your are strongly advised to start planning for your final paper early in the semester.

For help regarding preparing and submitting assignments, see the Student Handbook located within the General Information page of the course Web site.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to maintaining academic quality, excellence, and honesty. The University expects all members of its community to share the commitment to academic integrity, an essential component of a quality academic experience.

Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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