English (ENGL) 693

Directed Studies in Literature (Revision 1)

ENGL 693 has been permanently closed, replaced by LTST 693

Delivery Mode: Individualized-Study

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: MAIS 601, or MAIS 602, or English 551. Students are advised to contact the Course Professor by e-mail.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Program: Master of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies

**Note:Students in Group Study courses are advised that this syllabus may vary in key details in each instance of the course. Always refer to the Moodle site for the most up-to-date details on texts, assignment structure, and grading.**


Note: This course is closed to online registrations, please contact the MAIS Office for assistance.

Students are asked to contact Dr. Paul Huebener, prior to registering for ENGL 693, to request assistance in identifying areas of study and to determine availability.

This is a course in Literary Studies which permits students to pursue a particular topic of interest based on their previous work and reading in the humanities. Students begin by contacting the course professor to discuss possible general topics and to identify a professor as project supervisor. The specific topic and the project is determined through discussion between the student and the professor. Students conduct an extended research project under the direction of a professor, involving library and online research and the production of a major research paper.

For creative writing students, English 693 can also be used to develop an extended creative project such as a novel. Your professor will discuss your intended project with you in order to determine the relevant criteria and to establish expectations for the form, length, and other details.

Course Objectives

This course in Literary Studies is designed to help students achieve the following objectives.

  1. Work on a particular literary topic of interest to the student.
  2. Work with an interdisciplinary methodology in Literary Studies.
  3. Develop research and writing skills in preparation for the final project in MAIS 701 or an M.A. thesis.
  4. Explore a possible new area of literary knowledge.
  5. Meet a literary need not covered by other courses offered in their program.

Student Evaluation

To receive credit for this course, students must participate in the online activities, successfully complete the assignments, and achieve a final mark of at least 60 per cent. Students should be familiar with the Master of Arts—Interdisciplinary Studies grading system. Please note that it is students' responsibility to maintain their program status. Any student who receives a grade of "F" in one course, or a grade of "C" in more than one course, may be required to withdraw from the program.

The following table summarizes the evaluation activities and the credit weights associated with them.

Course Activity Weighting
Formal Proposal 10%
Progress Report 10%
Finished Research Paper 70%
Complete bibliography for project 10%
Total 100%

Course Materials


John Swales & Christine B. Feak, Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills. 3rd Edition. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2012.

Athabasca University Online Materials

Course Home Page: You will find Course Information (including the Assignment File and other pertinent information) at the top of the course home page. You will also find your Study Guide presented unit by unit online. You will find your assignments and links to submit your work to your professor on the course home page.

Athabasca University Library: Students are encouraged to browse the Library's Web site to review the Library collection of journal databases, electronic journals, and digital reference tools: http://library.athabascau.ca.

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 1, May 1, 2010