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2022-2023 Catalog 
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ENGL 220 - World Literature I

PREREQUISITES: ENGL 111 - English Composition  
PROGRAM: Liberal Arts

World Literature I introduces students to influential world literature from ancient times through the mid-17th century. Included will be a discussion of the major historical, cultural, intellectual, and political events that shaped this literature. Students will analyze and evaluate classical world literature with respect to themselves and also analyze and evaluate world literature in relation to global problem-solving/decision-making.

MAJOR COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be expected to:

  1. Use critical thinking skills to gain insight into the cultural, historical, and literary contexts of major Western and non-Western works.
  2. Understand major Western and non-Western literary forms of written and oral traditions, including fable, epic poetry, oratory, comic and tragic drama, and the essay.
  3. Explain the diversity of cultures and the commonalities of human experience reflected in the literature of the world.
  4. Examine oneself and one’s culture through multiple frames of reference, including the perception of others from around the world.
  5. Use knowledge, diverse cultural frames of reference, and alternate perspectives to think critically and solve problems.
  6. Demonstrate an awareness of the tools of literary analysis, including knowledge of appropriate terminology and of literary criticism.
  7. Use effective academic writing skills including ethical handling of primary and secondary sources.

COURSE CONTENT: Topical areas of study include -  

  • Literary developments (oral tradition, invention of writing, development of literary genres)
  • Literary elements (theme, symbol, setting)
  • Genres and subgenres (fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry, essay)
  • Key texts in Western and non-Western literary traditions (American, African, Asian, European, and Middle-Eastern)

Course Addendum - Syllabus (Click to expand)