The design of this course is to introduce students to the important works of Lev Tolstoy. Our aim is for the student to be able to explain the key issues Tolstoy explores in his work and illustrate them with examples from the author's novels and short stories. To help the student realize this objective, we focus our attention on three areas:
1. Reading:Those responsible for course instruction choose the assigned readings (mutually agreed upon by members of the section). Students that complete the assigned readings will demonstrate a critical understanding of and appreciation for Tolstoy's work.
2. Writing both in and out of the classroom will enable the student to develop a reasonable interpretation of a literary text and to support that interpretation with evidence. Students will be able to write a research paper in the appropriate citation style.
3. Significant Student Interaction:Class discussions are led by both the instructor and the student. Active participation in class discussions will increase the student's ability to identify and articulate the questions Tolstoy raises in his work.