Course Template
The following information should be available to students as a part of all syllabi for this course.

Course Information
Number: ENGL 2110
Catalog Name: World Literature
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Instructor Information
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Required texts and other readings/materials

  • Individual instructors may assemble a group of texts that will allow them to meet the objectives and specifications. No particular anthology or editions of the required texts are specified.

Course description

  • A survey of important works of world literature. Required for English majors. May count for credit in Area C.2. Prerequisites: ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102.
  • A further specific description pertaining to this section of the course may be added.
    Relationship of course goals to program goals

Course Goals

  • Students will develop the ability to recognize and identify significant achievements in world literature.
  • Students will understand the relevant social, historical, and aesthetic contexts of these literary works.
  • Students will appreciate the implications of theoretical and critical approaches to such literature.
  • Students will develop enhanced cultural awareness and analytical skills.
  • Students will demonstrate their command of academic English and of the tenets of sound composition by means of thesis-driven analytical prose.

Program Goals

  • Oral and written communication will be characterized by clarity, critical analysis, logic, coherence, persuasion, precision, and rhetorical awareness (Core Curriculum learning outcomes I)
  • Cultural and Social Perspectives: Cultural and social perspective will be characterized by cultural awareness and an understanding of the complexity and dynamic nature of social/political/economic systems; human and institutional behavior, values, and belief systems; historical and spatial relationship; and, flexibility, open-mindedness, and tolerance. (Core Curriculum learning outcomes III)
  • Aesthetic Perspective: Aesthetic perspective will be characterized by critical appreciation of and ability to make informed aesthetic judgments about the arts of various cultures as media for human expression (Core Curriculum learning outcomes V)
  • This course fulfills the Area C.2 requirement in the core for all students. Area C (Humanities/Arts)

Learning Outcomes

1. To develop the ability to recognize and identify achievements in literary, fine and performing arts;
2. To have an appreciation of the nature and achievements of the arts and humanities; and
3. To develop the ability to apply, understand, and appreciate the application of aesthetics criteria to "real world circumstances.

  • This course fulfills an Area F requirement for English majors (all tracks) in the core.
  • This course fulfills one of the core-level language arts requirements for Middle Grades Education majors.
  • This course contributes to the program goal of equipping students with a foundation in literary history and the issues surrounding literary study in contemporary culture.
  • This course broadens students' desire and ability to take pleasure in their encounter with literature.

General topics and assignments appropriate to those topics

  • A detailed calendar of events is required.
  • The course will cover the literary history of the world from the earliest of epochs to the twentieth century. This course is designed as a requirement for English majors and is as such a foundational course to prepare them for the literature that was influenced by this material. It will cover major Western literature and some non-Western literature.
  • The course will necessarily cover the following periods:
    • Ancient Greece - including Homer and drama
    • Ancient Rome-including Virgil and Ovid
    • Old Testament period - including Old Testament
    • New Testament and early Middle Ages
    • Later European Middle Ages - including Dante
    • European Renaissance
    • European Enlightenment and 19th Century
    • World Modern
  • The course should also include some coverage of Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa
  • There should be a diversity of genres covered in this course - so that it does not become a poetry course or a drama course.
  • In as far as possible, course texts should not be drawn from British and American literature so as to avoid overlap with English 2120 and 2130.

Assessment activities

  • May include various combinations of instruments ranging from reading quizzes, response papers, and presentations to exams and longer essays, including documented essays.
  • All sections must include at least (10) ten pages of writing in order to meet departmental expectations.
  • Two essays and two exams required as a minimum.

Other policies

  • Departmental plagiarism policies
  • Other policy statements specific to this class should be included on the syllabus.
  • Students should be expected to come to class, prepared and able to participate
  • Dates for completion of all assignments should be provided.
  • MLA style should be emphasized and required on out of class essays.