Course Summary
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12 -- 15 weeks (196 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Introduction to Literature


The course objective is to present the elements and examples of three genres of literature: fiction, poetry, and drama. Students will learn the origins of literature and the purposes of the study of literature. Students will associate the study of literature and thinking skills, such as critical reading. Students will utilize thinking skills to research and apply literary criticism to analyze and critique various literary works in the context of discussing and writing about literature.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to articulate the origins of literature and purposes of the study of literature
  • Describe thinking skills associated with the study of literature
  • Explain how to research and write about literature
  • Describe the nature of fiction
  • Analyze a work of fiction
  • Critique a work of fiction
  • Describe the nature of poetry
  • Analyze a poem
  • Critique a poem
  • Describe the nature of drama
  • Analyze a work of drama
  • And critique a drama

General Course Topics:

  • Introduction to literature
  • Thinking skills and literature
  • Literary criticism
  • Fiction
  • Analyzing fiction
  • Literary criticism and fiction
  • Poetry
  • Analyzing poetry
  • Literary criticism and poetry
  • Drama
  • Analyzing drama
  • Literary criticism and drama
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Learner Presentations

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

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