English (ENGL) 302

An Introduction to Canadian Literature (Revision 3)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study

Credits: 6

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: ENGL 211 and ENGL 212 or equivalent first year English course(s).

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ENGL 302 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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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:

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Assignment 3 Final Exam Total
15% 20% 25% 40% 100%

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 that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


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

Other Materials

The course materials also include a study guide, course manual (online) and Digital Reading Room (online).

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

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.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ENGL 302 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on both the essay and the examination.

Critical Essay Exam Total
50% 50% 100%

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