English (ENGL) 302
An Introduction to Canadian Literature (Revision 4)
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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Humanities
ENGL 302 has a Challenge for Credit option.
English 302 is a six-credit senior level course that presents an overview of Canadian literature from its beginnings to the present. Students will study novels, poetry, humorous stories, drama, exploration narratives, creative non-fiction stories, and other works from authors such as Pauline Johnson, Emily Carr, Gabrielle Roy, M.G. Vassanji, Michael Ondaatje, Marilyn Dumont, Shyam Selvadurai, Madeleine Thien, Don McKay, and others.
Just as the nation itself is a diverse and contested place, so too is Canadian literature a collection of many forms of representation with diverse and sometimes conflicting priorities. To develop an understanding of this complexity, students will read about the injustice of the railroad, contemplate the collapse of civilization, and watch Lorna Crozier perform an erotic poem.
- Unit 1: Making Canada
- Unit 2: Modern Canada
- Unit 3: Many Canadas
- Unit 4: When Is Now?
There is a crack, a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.
After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Evaluate the concerns at stake in conceiving the field of Canadian literature itself as well as its trajectories over time
- Apply the skills of close reading in relation to the assigned texts while also assessing the existing secondary criticism on particular works
- Assess the ways in which particular texts approach cultural assumptions and concepts such as those associated with national identity, voice, power, perspective, representation, ideology, race, gender, Indigeneity, colonization, multiculturalism, the environment, and other concerns
- Analyze the ways in which relevant literary concepts such as theme, metaphor, irony, point of view, form, genre, and others operate within specific texts
- Create thoughtful, articulate, original critical analyses of the assigned texts, surprising your instructor with new insights
To receive credit for ENGL 302, you must submit all four assignments, obtain a minimum grade of 50% on the exam, and obtain a final course grade of at least 50%. 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.
Bennett, Donna, and Russell Brown, editors. An Anthology of Canadian Literature in English. 4th ed., Oxford UP, 2019.
Carr, Emily. Klee Wyck. Douglas & McIntyre, 2003.
Hamilton, Sharon. Essential Literary Terms. 2nd ed., W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.
Loring, Kevin. Where the Blood Mixes. Talonbooks, 2009.
Mandel, Emily St. John. Station Eleven. Harper Avenue, 2014.
Ondaatje, Michael. In the Skin of a Lion. Vintage Canada, 1996.
Roy, Gabrielle. The Road Past Altamont. Penguin Modern Classics Edition, 2018.
Selvadurai, Shyam. Funny Boy. McClelland & Stewart, 1994.
All other course materials, including a Study Guide, a writing guide, and detailed course information, can be found online.
Challenge for Credit Overview
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 about the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
To receive credit for the ENGL 302 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least 50% on the examination and a grade of at least 50% overall.
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 4, April 11, 2019.
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