English (ENGL) 306

The Literature of Work (Revision 2)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: A university English literature course is recommended.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ENGL 306 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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ENGL 306 is an introduction to literature created by people who do the actual work being depicted. This is a relatively new genre. In the past, most literature about the workplace was written by outsiders; by people who had never done the job and who therefore did not have an insider's knowledge of what actually went on in the daily life of workers. In breaking the taboo against depicting the realities of life on the job, the literature of work gives an exciting new perspective both on the workplace and on the possibilities of literature.


  • Unit 1: Oral Responses to Working
  • Unit 2: Poetry
  • Unit 3: Fiction
  • Unit 4: Plays
  • Unit 5: Autobiography and Criticism


To receive credit for ENGL 306, you must achieve a composite course grade of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Assign 1 Assign 2A Assign 2B Assign 3 Final Exam Total
15% 10% 20% 30% 25% 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


Fennario, David. On the Job.

Marty, Sid. Men for the Mountains.

Sayles, John. Union Dues.

Wayman, Tom, ed. Going for Coffee: Poetry on the Job

Smedley, Agnes. Daughter of Earth


Warner Bros. Pictures. North Country

Other Materials

The course materials also include a study guide and a student manual.

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 ENGL 306 challenge for credit, you must pass the essay and the examination. Credit is awarded on a pass/fail basis only.

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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 2, August 10, 2009.

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Updated May 11 2016 by Student & Academic Services