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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 231
Course Title: British Literature I
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Survey of British literature from Old English through the late eighteenth century. Prerequisite: ENGL 112. G.E. Offered even Fall.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

ENGL 112

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered even Fall.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

A suitable anthology of British literature. The texts listed below are representative. Other texts may also be required, as appropriate.

The Norton Anthology of English Literature
By Abrams, M.H. et al., eds (W.W. Norton)
The Longman Anthology of British Literature
By Damrosch, David, et al, eds. (Addison-Wesley)
The Broadview Anthology of British Literature
By Black, Joseph, et al, eds. (Broadview Press)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify the periods of British literary history beginning with Old English and continuing through the late 18th Century.
  2. Identify major and some minor authors of these periods.
  3. Explain historical and cultural contexts of literary works.
  4. Write argumentatively about literary works.
  5. Apply the terminology of literary study to interpret works in multiple genres.
  6. Demonstrate revisions of argumentative writing about British literary works.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • A chronological examination and discussion of all major literary periods, drawing on a selection of multiple literary genres, including but not limited to essay, fiction, poetry, and drama.
  • Period examine should include:
    • Old English, including Beowulf
    • Middle English, including Chaucer
    • Renaissance and Humanism
    • Restoration
    • Neoclassical
  • Departmental policy requires a minimum of 3,000 words (approximately 12 pages) of graded student writing for this course.
  • Students must write a series of two literary analysis essays that require students to analyze one or more primary texts, and wich do not require the use of secondary literary criticism. More than two essays may be assigned in the course.
  • In class exams, including a midterm and a final. Part6 of the midterm must ask students to apply terminologies of the English discipline to literary works, as well as to discuss genres appearing in the works studied.
  • Part of the final exam must include some questions asking students to identify and/or explain the historical, cultural, and authorial contexts of literary works.
  • Instructors may be asked to collect information fromth eassignments specified in the Major Topics/Skills section. This information will be provided to the English program for evaluation.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Date: November 7, 2016
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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