English (ENGL) 211
Prose Forms (Revision 6)
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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.
ENGL 211 has a Challenge for Credit option.
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:
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.
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. 4th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2017. 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.
The course materials also include an online Course Information, Study Guide, and AU Student Manual.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and 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.
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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Updated January 11 2019 by Student & Academic Services