An Introduction to Canadian Literature (Revision 3)
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Area of Study: Humanities
ENGL 302 has a Challenge for Credit option.
English 302: An Introduction to Canadian Literature is a six-credit, senior level course designed to introduce students to the Canadian literary tradition from colonial times to the 1970s. Although most of the works in the course are by English-Canadian authors, translations of several French-Canadian works are also included.
Themes and questions covered in the course include nature and the Canadian attitude toward it, isolation and alienation, women in Canadian literature, the gothic element, views of native peoples in Canadian literature, and the motifs of garden and cage. The course includes units addressing frontier experiences, life in rural and small town communities, poetry, urban prose, and drama.
- Unit 1: Prose: Frontier Experiences
- Unit 2: Prose: The Developing Canadian Community
- Unit 3: Poetry
- Unit 4: Prose: The Urban Experience
- Unit 5: Drama
To receive credit for ENGL 302, you must achieve a composite course grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on each examination. All assignments are required in order to pass the course. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:
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The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Abrams, M. H., and Geoffrey Galt Harpham. A Glossary of Literary Terms. 10th ed.
Bennett, Donna and Brown, Russell, eds. An Anthology of Canadian Literature in English. 3rd Ed.
Callaghan, Morley. The Loved and the Lost
Laurence, Margaret. The Fire-Dwellers
Mitchell, W. O. Who Has Seen the Wind
O’Hagan, Howard. Tay John
Pollock, Sharon. Walsh
Richardson, John. Wacousta
Ringuet, Thirty Acres
Ross, Sinclair. As For Me and My House
Roy, Gabrielle. Where Nests the Water Hen
Tremblay, Michael. Forever Yours Marie-Lou
The course materials also include a study guide, course manual (online) and Digital Reading Room (online).
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 3, September 20, 2011.
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Updated May 11 2016 by Student & Academic Services