English (ENGL) 451

Comparative Canadian Literature II (Revision 2)

ENGL 451 course cover

Permanently closed, effective December 23, 2015.

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: ENGL 211 and ENGL 212.

Precluded courses: ENGL 551 (ENGL 451 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for ENGL 551.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ENGL 451 has a Challenge for Credit option.


English 451 is a further study of Canada’s ethnic writing in the context of history, immigration, identity, and ethnicity. The course focuses on the following topics:

  • the nature of Canada’s national literature
  • the questions of race and ethnicity
  • the diversity of Canadian culture, nationalism, and identity


To receive credit for ENGL 451, you must complete two essay assignments, one research paper, and a final exam; you must receive a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on each of these requirements. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Essay 1 Essay 2 Research Paper Final Exam Total
20% 20% 30% 30% 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


Baisilières, Michel. Black Bird: A Novel. Toronto: Vintage Canada, 2003.

Boyden, Joseph. Born with a Tooth. Toronto: Cormorant Books Inc., 2001.

Callaghan, Morley. Such Is My Beloved. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Ltd., 2007.

Clarke, Austin. More. Toronto: Thomas Allan Publishers, 2008.

Kreisel, Henry. The Almost Meeting. Edmonton: NeWest Press, 1981.

Lysenko, Vera. Yellow Boots. Edmonton: NeWest Press, 1992.

Ondaatje, Michael. The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left Handed Poems. Concord: House of Anansi Press Limited, 1970.

Vassanji, M. G. No New Land. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1991.


Kamboureli, Smaro, ed. Making A Difference: Canadian Multicultural Literatures in English. 2nd ed. Toronto: Oxford UP, 2007.

Other Materials

All other materials are available 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 451 challenge registration, you must receive a minimum grade of “D” (50 percent) on both challenge components.

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 2, January 25, 2012

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Updated January 22 2016 by SAS