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2023-2024 General Catalog 
2023-2024 General Catalog
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LIT 140 - British Literature I

Last Date of Approval: May 2021

3 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 45
Total Lab Hours: 0
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This course examines the development of British literature from the time of Beowulf to the Restoration and Eighteenth Century, with an emphasis on social, economic, and political influences. Major works, movements, and authors will be analyzed in discussion and through written literary analyses. This course helps students build confidence in their reading and communication skills while also enabling them to think critically, consider the viewpoints of others, and effectively express themselves, all of which will benefit them in the classroom, in life, and in the workforce.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: None

Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face-to-face 

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: None

Common Course Assessment(s): None

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:

  1. Read and discuss texts from a variety of authors and genres in British literature.
  2. Analyze the techniques and themes characteristic of British literary movements.
  3. Examine the social, political, and historical contexts of British literature.
  4. Evaluate the influence of race, class, and gender on literature and ideas in a given time period or movement, especially in terms of the society and culture.
  5. Compose MLA-formatted literary analyses supported by textual evidence with proper citations.

Course Objectives:

  1. Read a variety of works of different genres from several periods of British literature, participating in discussions and completing assessments that demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the broad range of literary works and authors. 
  2. Compare and contrast the authors and works of major periods of British literature, with emphasis on how historical, political, and social contexts impacted both form and content.
  3. Compare and contrast the authors and works of major periods of British literature, with emphasis on how issues of race, class, and gender impacted both form and content.
  4. Identify, analyze, and explain poems through the lens of structure, theme, and poetic elements, such as sound devices and figurative language.
  5. Analyze narrative prose in terms of theme, plot, point of view, character, setting, and archetypes.
  6. Develop critical analysis essays over readings from the course with effective support from the texts being analyzed and using proper terminology, formatting, and citations.
  7. Recognize and apply proper MLA formatting and citing, grammar, usage, and mechanics in all written assignments, essays, and projects

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