2020-2021 Catalog 
    Feb 22, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

ENG 217 - Major Issues in World Literature

Description: Investigation of major artistic, historical, ethnic, race, gender and philosophical issues in representative works of great literature.

Prerequisites: ENG 101  or ENG 103 . Reading Proficiency.

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. Characteristic elements and examples of literary texts and genres (themes, structure, style, types and analysis) 
  2. Factors that affect critical reading and response: issues of translation, ethnocentrism, gender, and bias/prejudice 
  3. Geographical, historical, cultural, ethnic, race and gender contexts for the study of world literature. 
  4. Conceptual Frameworks: definitions of culture, gender, race and ethnicity; literary terminology; aesthetic movements 
  5. Applying information literacy skills to independent research about issues of diversity in world literature 

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Classify, analyze and compare representative works of world literature within thematic, cultural and aesthetic frameworks. (1)
  2. Analyze cultural, linguistic, historical and other factors that influence perspectives on world literature and attitudes about race, gender and ethnicity. (2)
  3. Evaluate the role of literature in illuminating, challenging and/or perpetuating prejudice and social inequalities. (3)
  4. Explain and apply key terms and concepts related to literature and cultural diversity. (4)
  5. Employ tools of scholarship (thoughtful and precise writing, critical reading, intellectual curiosity, independent thinking and intelligent discourse) to world literature and communication of issues of race, ethnicity and gender. (5)

Required Assessment:
1. Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 2500 words of monitored writing. A minimum of 1500 of the 2500 words will be in the form of a scholarly essay.