English (ENGL) 401

The Faust Theme (Revision 3)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: ENGL 211 and ENGL 212 or equivalent first year English course(s) plus 6 senior level English literature credits.

Precluded Course: ENGL 301. (ENGL 401 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for ENGL 301.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ENGL 401 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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This course uses selected literary texts to study the theme of mankind's search for spiritual and intellectual self-realization. Works of different genres by major authors from Canada, England, Germany, and Norway are examined. Through the study of these works, the symbolic figure of Faust is traced from the Renaissance to modern Canada via German Romanticism and nineteenth-century European drama. The course explores the changing image of Faust and examines the cultural and philosophical ideas that shaped each age's perception of the search for self.

Note: Since this is a senior course, we expect students to have good reading and writing skills as well as the basic critical tools and knowledge of literary forms and techniques that are acquired in an introductory university English literature course like Athabasca University's English 211 and 212. Students who do not have the recommended credits in an introductory English literature course may experience significant difficulty with the essay assignments and examinations.


  • Unit 1: Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus
  • Unit 2: Goethe’s Faust, Part I
  • Unit 3: Ibsen’s Peer Gynt
  • Unit 4: Caterina Edwards’ Becoming Emma


To receive credit for English 401: The Faust Theme, students must complete three written assignments and a final exam; you must receive a grade of at least 50 percent on the final exam and a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent). The weighting of the course is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 15%
Assignment 2 15%
Assignment 3 40%
Final Exam 30%
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


Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

Faust, Parts I and II by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen

Becoming Emma by Caterina Edwards

Other Materials

All other materials are available online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

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

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ENGL 401 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on each part of the examination.

Activity Weighting
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 3, December 8, 2011.

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Updated April 03 2019 by Student & Academic Services