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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. This course builds upon the introductory courses in English and provides the student with advanced knowledge in literature as a subfield of English. Students gain insight into discourse and method. Topics offered to receive this guidance may vary from year to year. 


Course description for study year 2020-2021. Please note that changes may occur.

Facts
Course code

ENG271

Credits (ECTS)

15

Semester tution start

Spring

Number of semesters

1

Exam semester

Spring

Language of instruction

English

Offered by

Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Cultural Studies and Languages

Learning outcome

Knowledge 

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 in a broad sense

Skills

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, biographical, 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
  • Produce idiosyncratic interpretations of textual material
  • 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 style documentation/in-text citation
  • Present informed arguments orally

General competencies 

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 distinguish between pre-critical and critical responses and bring both into a developed argument.
  • Can understand and articulate literary theories covered in the course.
  • Can articulate and take a position within particular scholarly debates covered.
Content
Through the study of various novels, poetry, drama or prose and critical/theoretical texts, the students will practice developing critical questions that lead to focused, coherent, well-argued, and properly documented, written and oral work that engages with scholarship in the field surrounding a particular text. Students will be provided with insight into a particular set of questions at issue arising from selected texts and/or genres. The course examines how themes develop in relation to contemporary society as well as with past literary modes and socio-historical contexts. The course explores the ways themes are expressed and what theoretical lenses and critical traditions illuminate the student’s own formal analysis, interpretation, and explication.
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.

Recommended prerequisites

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.

Exam

Home exam and oral exam

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Home exam 1/2 3 Days A - F All.
Final exam - oral 1/2 30 Minutes A - F 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.

Coursework requirements
Group research project
75% seminar attendance is required to sit the exams.
Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Sonya Louise Lundblad
Programme coordinator: Margrethe Melin
Course teacher: Janne Stigen Drangsholt
Method of work
Lectures and Group Work
Open for
Open to students accepted into the Bachelor programme (or Specialization) in English Language and Literature at the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages, provided that they have the prerequisite knowledge. Open to exchange students. Other students must apply within the given deadlines.
Course assessment
Quality control by students is a central element of the UiS plan to improve teaching. In the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages this system includes student evaluation of courses.
Literature
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