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Administrative Unit: Humanities Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 360
Course Title: Readings in Fiction
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Study of the genre, possibly from a special perspective or literary period (e.g., American novel and short story, contemporary novel, the comic novel and short story). Prerequisites: ENGL 112 and a previous 200-level or higher English course.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): ENGL 112 and a previous 200-level or higher English course.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Occasional offering.
Text(s): Since the novels and stories studied depend on the course’s special emphasis, a list of specific works is impossible. However, all novels and stories selected should be of real significance and merit. The number of works will likewise vary, but the instructor should assign at least 250 pages of reading per week.

Course Objectives
  • To understand, appreciate and be able to evaluate the literary and cultural significance of the fiction studied through an intensive course of readings, discussions and written exercises.
    Measurable Learning
  • Explain and discuss major characteristics of the genre and their relevance in the literary tradition.
  • Understand the terminology used in the study of fiction and employ that language in discussion and writing.
  • Cover, assess and synthesize a wide breadth of extended fiction writing in the context of formal classroom study and through critical written analysis.
    Topical Outline: Departmental policy requires students write a minimum of 6,000 words of graded writing to include at least one research paper for the course.
  • Read and discuss each novel and story assigned
  • Master the basic critical terminology essential to the study of fiction
  • Write critical analysis of a majority of fiction assigned, through a combination of in-class and out-of-class essays which may include journal entries
  • Complete a final essay examination, either comprehensive or covering a number of specified novels and stories
    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

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    Prepared by: Carla Mettling Date: November 1, 2007
    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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