English (ENGL) 212

Poetry and Plays (Revision 5)

ENGL 212 Course

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: None. Students are strongly urged to take ENGL 211.

Precluded Course: ENGL 210. (ENGL 212 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 212 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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ENGL 212 introduces forms of poetry, with a wide variety of examples from Shakespeare to Atwood, examining themes, structure, style, and imagery.

The second part of the course introduces the elements and forms of drama and provides a historical perspective on the development of drama with reference to three plays: a tragedy from the early seventeenth century, a tragi-comedy from the late nineteenth century, and a modern comedy.


  • Part 1: Poetry
  • Part 2: Plays


To receive credit for ENGL 212, you must submit all of the assignments and write the final examination. You require an overall grade of at least D (50 percent) and at least D (50 percent) on the final examination to pass the course.

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


Ibsen, Henrik. Four Major Plays. Trans. James McFarlane and Jens Arup. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

MacDonald, Ann-Marie. Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet). Toronto: Vintage Canada, 1998.

Murfin, Ross, and Supryia M. Ray. The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms. 3rd ed. Boston, MA: New York: Bedford / Martin's, 2009.

Shakespeare, William. Othello. 2nd revised ed. New York: Penguin Signet Classic, 1998.

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

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 212 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 5, Jan 9, 2017.

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