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Administrative Unit: Humanities 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:

European (non-British) and Asian literature from origins to the fourteenth century. Prerequisite: ENGL 112. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement. G.E.

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

Required texts for this course will be anthologies that contain significant primary written materials from Asia and Europe prior to the fourteenth century. Typical anthologies could be:

Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces
By M. Mack, et al., eds (Norton)
Classics of Eastern Thought
By L. Nelson and P. Peebles, eds (Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich)
Course Objectives
  • To survey the heritage of Eastern and Western thought as it is embodied in the ancient literatures of various cultures.
  • To develop comparative perspectives.
  • To engage in literary analysis.
    Measurable Learning
  • Describe and explain the origins of literature in the world.
  • Recognize the history, values, themes and creative work of world literature.
  • Demonstrate mastery of material by active reading, discussion and critical writing about multiple genres and historical periods.
  • Demonstrate mastery of research and MLA citation and research methodology.
    Topical Outline:

    Departmental policy requires a minimum of 4,500 words of graded student writing for this course. • The course typically follows chronological order, sampling the masterpieces from each of the major historical periods in the West and East • Intensive reading and critical discussion of all reading assignments, both primary and secondary• Objective quizzes and/or brief written exercises as needed• Oral presentation of at least one poem of each student’s choice• A final examination, in the form of a critical essay

    Culminating Experience Statement:

    Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
    During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30

    Library Resources:

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    Prepared by: Pamela McClure Date: April 2, 2008
    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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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