Course Descriptions

World Literature I - ENGL 2111


A survey of important works of world literature from ancient times through the mid-seventeenth century.

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After completing this course, you will be able to

  • Extend reading, writing, and critical thinking skills developed in ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102.
  • Develop a perspective on the variety of world cultures from ancient times through the early-modern period to understand how these cultures developed and how their ideas contributed to and still inform contemporary cultures.
  • Recognize the range of literary genres and conventions as well as the levels of sophistication of literary masterpieces coming from different cultures.
  • Analyze and evaluate literary works in their social, historical, and cultural context.
  • Compare and contrast the characteristics of literary works emerging from various cultures and times in order to recognize common human values and beliefs.
  • Investigate the effect literature, as a technology, has had on the history of ideas and aesthetics.
  • Engage technology and media effectively in the learning process.
  • Participate as an effective member in a collaborative online community.
  • Unit 1: Creation Stories and Flood Narratives
  • Unit 2: Ancient Middle East & Far East
  • Unit 3: Greece
  • Unit 4: Rome
  • Unit 5: Medieval I
  • Unit 6: Medieval II
  • Unit 7: European Renaissance
  • Unit 8: The Encounter of Europe with the New World

Your final grade will be based on the following breakdown. Please note that each instructor may choose to make modifications.

  • Discussions - 40%
  • Short Essay - 10%
  • Short Essay - 10%
  • Short Essay - 10%
  • Midterm - 15%
  • Final Paper - 15%
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