Specialization in English Literature: From Pre-Critical Reader Responses to Critical Traditions with Literary Texts (ENG271)
English specialization at the bachelor level is for those who wish to do further studies in English literature beyond the English year studies. Building upon the introductory courses in English, the course aims to provide the student with extended knowledge of the literature and/or culture in English-speaking countries and to train the student in obtaining a critical and independent understanding of central questions related to the study of literature and/or culture. The course also aims to give the student a strong command of written and spoken English. Topics offered vary from year to year.
Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.
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Upon completion of the course, the students will have gained knowledge of:
- major literary themes and textual relationship to society and culture
- intertextuality within periods of literature and characteristics/evolution of literary genres
- engagement with alternate scholarly positions around a particular research question
- theoretical approaches to literary texts and cultural expression characteristic of the texts and/or culture that the course focuses on
By the end of the course, the student will be able to:
- reflect upon central theories, concepts and perspectives within the fields of literature
- describe and explain central aspects of society and literature in the literary periods treated
- analyze and evaluate central concepts and themes in terms of the cultural and/or literary context
- do close reading and interpretation of literary texts as evidence for arguments
- find and express hypothesis beliefs on interpretative and critical questions at issue
- work with a set of literary texts in terms of their significance within an always evolving literary tradition, seeing through critical lenses and doing formal analysis.
- engage with and incorporate secondary source material at an advanced level
- use MLA/or other approved style documentation/in-text citation
- present informed arguments orally
Upon completion of the course, the students:
- will be able to express themselves correctly and academically both in writing and orally
- will have learned to read texts closely and interpret them
- can understand and articulate literary theories covered in the course.
- can articulate and take a position within particular scholarly debates covered.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Students must have a minimum of 50 ECTS in introductory English courses or equivalent in order to begin the specialization.
BA students must have a minimum of 45 ECTS in introductory English courses or equivalent in order to begin the specialization.
One of the following alternatives:
- ENG100 Introduction to the English Language, ENG105 British and Irish Literature, ENG140 The Sounds of English, ENG165 American Literature and Culture, ENG180 Uses of English with didactics
- ENG100 Introduction to the English Language, ENG140 The Sounds of English, ENG165 American Literature and Culture, ENG180 Uses of English with didactics
- ENG115 An Introduction to Literature in English, ENG145 Introduction to the English language, ENG175 American Literature and Culture
- ENG115 An Introduction to Literature in English, ENG175 American Literature and Culture, ENG195 English Phonetics and Phonology
- ENG115 An Introduction to Literature in English, ENG145 Introduction to the English language, ENG195 English Phonetics and Phonology
- ENG145 Introduction to the English language, ENG175 American Literature and Culture, ENG195 English Phonetics and Phonology
Other course combinations may be approved if they are equivalent.
Home exam and oral exam
|Form of assessment||Weight||Duration||Marks||Aid|
|Home exam||1/2||3 Days||Letter grades||All|
|Final exam - oral||1/2||30 Minutes||Letter grades||All|
Both exams must be passed to get the final course grade.English language and academic writing skills are taken into account in the grading, as well as research ethics/documentation of sources and course content.