English (ENGL) 211

Prose Forms (Revision 6)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: None. Students without prior writing instruction are strongly urged to take ENGL 255.

Precluded Course:ENGL 211 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for ENGL 210.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ENGL 211 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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English 211 assumes that students have fluency in the English language. If you are unsure of your literacy skills please use our English Language Assessment tool.


In ENGL 211 students will examine a variety of fictional works in prose. The texts that will be studied in this course include American, British, and Canadian short stories and novels, ranging from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. By examining these works and the accompanying commentaries in the Study Guide, students will encounter major literary concepts, terms, and analytical strategies.


  • Units 1 and 2 examine a range of short stories by authors such as Ernest Hemingway, Eudora Welty, Amy Tan, and Thomas King. These units also provide an introduction to the strategies of close reading, analytical writing, and selected key concepts in literary studies.
  • Units 3, 4, and 5 examine, respectively, a twenty-first century American novel, a twentieth-century Canadian novel, and a nineteenth-century British novel, as well as relevant literary and analytical concepts.


To receive credit for ENGL 211, you must achieve an overall grade of at least D (50 percent) and at least “D” (50 percent) on the final exam. All assignments are required in order to pass the course. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Essay 1 10%
Essay 2 25%
Essay 3 25%
Final Exam 40%
Total 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 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.

Course Materials


Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations. 1861. New York: Oxford UP, 2008. Print.

Findley, Timothy. The Wars. 1977. Toronto: Penguin, 2017. Print.

Gardner, Janet E. and Joanne Diaz. Reading and Writing About Literature: A Portable Guide. 5th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2021. Print.

Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake. Boston: Mariner, 2003. Print.

Stott, Jon C., and Raymond E. Jones, eds. The Harbrace Anthology of Short Fiction. 5th ed. Toronto: Nelson Education, 2012. Print.

Other materials

The course materials also include an online Course Information, Study Guide, and AU Student Manual.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ENGL 211 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least 50 per cent on the examination and a grade of at least D (50 percent) overall.

Activity Weighting
Critical Essay 50%
Exam 50%
Total 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 6, August 9, 2016.

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