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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 263
Course Title: World Literature I
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

World literature from the earliest epics through the sixteenth century. Course meets multicultural requirement. G.E. Prerequisite: ENGL 112.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): ENGL 112.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Occasional offering.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

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

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

Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces
By M. Mack, et al., eds (Norton)
Longman Anthology of World Literature
By by Damrosch, David and Pike, David L (Longman)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain historical and cultural contexts of non-British literary works.
  2. Write argumentatively about literary works.
  3. Apply the terminology of literary study to interpret works in multiple genres.
  4. Demonstrate revisions of argumentative writing about works of non-British world literature.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Examination and discussion of non-British world literature through the sixteenth century, drawing on a selection of multiple literary forms such as fiction, poetry, and drama.
  • A cross-cultural and historical contextualization and comparison of the texts representing a range of world cultures.
  • Departmental policy requires a minimum 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 which 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. Part 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 from the assignments 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 29, 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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