Course Syllabus/First Day Handoutimage of road map

English 1012: Folklore
Instructor: Michael Roesch
Important Suggestion: Print this syllabus and keep it handy!

Office Hours:   You can send me e-mail:; I tend to check my e-mail each day, so you should have a fairly quick reply to any question you might have.

The Course: The class is three units and can be applied to the AA, CSU, and UC. The Internet course was designed for students who, for whatever reason, cannot attend the COS campus on a regular basis. The course is an examination of folk wisdom, art and artifacts traditionally handed on by word of mouth or by custom and practice. In addition to reading about superstitions, proverbs, tall tales, and urban legends, students will have ample opportunity to explore their own family folklore and a few of the many local legends, i.e., Bigfoot and the Lemurians on Mt. Shasta. Students will also explore Native American myths, cowboy lore, fairy tales, jokes, folk songs, and folk games.  

Where: The class will be held via the Internet. 

Course advisory and ways to succeed: While there are no prerequisites, it is recommended that the student be eligible for English 1A. Students must have Internet access and be able to send and receive e-mail. Read the course "FAQs" section and Other Resources section, and look over my comments about surviving on-line education as soon as possible. Also, if you have a disability that might get in the way of your academic goals, please visit the The Disabled Student Services Office (DSS) web site--they are dedicated to meeting the needs of students with permanent or temporary disabilities. The DSP&S office provides such services as  learning disability assessment, tutoring, note taking, readers & transcribers, testing accommodations, and enlargement of educational materials. If you think you might need DSP&S services this semester, or you simply wish to know more about such services, contact their office as soon as possible. Lastly, read about the COS Library's services for distance students.  Then follow the directions to request a library card so that you can access the library's online databases, which includes periodicals, newspapers, electronic books and reference sources. Remember, you can always contact a reference librarian by e-mail or phone for assistance in using the databases or help with research assignments.

Text and/or material needed: J.H.Brunvand's The Study of American Folklore (fourth edition ISBN 0-393-97223-2).image of course text The text is required reading, and it can be purchased from the COS Bookstore--either at the Yreka (530 842-1245) or WeedCampus (530 938-5236). Please call the appropriate bookstore to check on hours and that the text is in stock before visiting. The text is published by WW Norton and Company, and the fourth edition can likely be ordered from , Barnes and Noble or other bookstore on or off the Internet.

If you do not already have the ability to play mp3 files on your computer, you might consider downloading one of the many free mp3 players, though most computers will already be able to play mp3 files just fine. In fact, you can try listening to my Folklore welcome message  recorded as an mp3. Please note that audio files (even mp3 audio) are often large, and large files are best downloaded with a broadband connection. Anyway, once installed, any of the free players (or an Ipod) will allow students to listen to any audio files found on this web site--including my weekly assignment summary lectures. My short weekly audio summaries are structured to highlight important tasks, touch on key concepts, and appeal to the audio learner, listening to them is strongly encouraged. If you are not an audio learner, all the information contained in my weekly audio lecture is also available via a written transcript. There are also a number of links to optional YouTube and FolkStream videos, and while many students will find them both educational and interesting, students without a fast internet connection might have to skip them or view them at the COS Computer Lab or on a friend's computer with a broadband connection. By the way, if your browser refuses to play one of the YouTube videos, the first thing to try is to right click on the video link and select the option for opening the link in a new window.

You can obtain a COS Library card by either visiting the COS Library or filing out the online form. The card will allow you to access full-text periodicals via the Internet. Such periodicals can be of great use when researching topics and supporting claims.

Also, the Etudes courseware program used for all COS online courses requires a fairly new Internet browser, and you might need to change your browser cache settings. If you have a problem viewing pages, using the discussion board or using the chat feature, please check that your computer is set up according to the guidelines listed on the opening page of the Etudes portal:

Grades: You will be able to access your current grades/scores online. Grades will be determined by your scores on the following work:

Assignments/Withdrawal/incomplete: All assignments, including all quizzes, must be completed by due dates. You should  look over the weekly assignment schedules and mark down the due dates below in a study calendar. Note that all quizzes must be done by the end of the week in which they are offered (late quizzes will not be counted). September 10th is the last day to drop without a posting of "W" on your transcript. November 19th is the last day to drop without a letter grade. In other words, students withdrawing from the class before September 11th will not be penalized. Students dropping between September 11th and November 19th will receive a "W" on their transcript. Students dropping after November 19th will receive a letter grade. An "I" (Incomplete grade) will only be given if academic work is incomplete due to unforeseeable emergency.

General Course Policies, Support Hours, and Student Learning Outcomes:

Course Policies:
Student Learning Outcomes.  Through knowledge about our rich and varied folklore, students will gain greater appreciation and understanding of our nation's character and literary expression. At the completion of English 12 the student will be able to:
1).  Collect specific instance of current folklore and
2). Read a variety of materials and
3). Prepare an extended research project that
4). Contribute constructively to class discussion by
5). Demonstrate comprehension of form and function by