English (ENGL) 492

Research and Writing Projects in Literature (Revision 1)

ENGL 492 Course website

Temporarily closed, effective March 15, 2017.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: ENGL 211 and ENGL 212 or equivalent, plus two senior English courses and permission of the professor is required.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ENGL 492 is not available for challenge.

Course website


Students in ENGL 492 complete an extended research and writing project under the direction of a professor. The topic for the project will be determined by consultation between the student and the professor. The course of study will normally include the production of a major paper. The project proposal will include the goals, the procedures, and the deadline for completing the different phases of the work.


ENGL 492 is designed for students who want to pursue a particular literary topic of study. There is some choice of topic which is limited by the research and teaching interests of the faculty in the Centre for Language and Literature. A project can focus on the works of a major author. The approach can be primarily literary or interdisciplinary.

Note that ENGL 492 has a similar purpose and structure as ENGL 491, which has a strong emphasis on Cultural Studies.


To receive credit for ENGL 492, you must achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on each assignment and a composite course grade of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent). The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Formal project proposal Progress Report Research Paper Bibliography Total
10% 10% 70% 10% 100%

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

Course Materials


Roberts, Edgar V. Writing About Literature. 13th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2012.

Other Materials

The course materials also include a student manual.

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 1, August 23, 2006.

Updated March 16 2017 by Student & Academic Services