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ENGL 226 World Literature I


Students will apply critical literary approaches and use basic language and structural devices of literature to determine points of view expressed by authors or works from many times and places and the relation of those views to the larger cultural context.

   Completion of College Composition
   This course has fees totaling $30.00
   Patricia Van Amburg

Overall Course Objectives | Major Course Topics | Course Format | Orientation Course Requirements | Texts and Materials | Exams

Overall Course Objectives

After successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Recognize and apply literary terms, concepts, and critical strategies in world literature.
  2. Demonstrate critical and independent thinking in the interpretation of texts.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of ways the world literature reflects its intellectual, social, historical, and multicultural contexts.
  4. Evaluate how global literary comparisons illuminate human experience, values, and challenges.
  5. Communicate effectively and understanding of the literature and exchange ideas about literature in both whole-class discussions and small group discussions.
  6. Perform basic literary research and use MLA-style documentation.
  7. Understand and demonstrate the conventions of writing about literature.

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Major Course Topics
  • The oral tradition
  • Reading literature in translation vs. literature in the original language
  • The relationship of the writers to their cultures
  • The inspiration of the human being to achieve freedom and/or meaning within a particular social and cultural environment
  • Bridging the gap between cultures through an understanding of time, place, and circumstances

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Course Format

This course:

  • Is not self-paced. The course material is sequential. Readings and threaded weekly discussion follow the specific order illustrated in the class schedule. Assignments coordinate with readings and have firm due dates.
  • Does not require real-time chats.
  • Requires weekly participation in an on-line threaded discussion.
  • Requires one (1) on campus meeting for a proctored exam in the HCC Test Center. (For more information, see the "Exams" section below.)

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This course does not have a face-to-face orientation. See the course orientation module.

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Course Requirements
  • Review the “What you should know before you register” section of the Distance Learning Homepage.
  • Participate in a weekly threaded forum/discussion.
  • Compose one documented presentation/web search project—and one final reflective paper.
  • Take one proctored test.

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Texts and Materials Required:

Textbook information:  To visit our bookstore's online sales site, please visit and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.

Technical Requirements and Plug-Ins:

  • Review the Technical Requirements link above. Use the Plug-Ins link above to download and install the following plug-ins which are required for this course:
  • Internet Explorer
  • PowerPoint Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Word Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft Word

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For purposes of verification and assessing learning outcomes, this course has a proctored exam at the HCC Test Center for students in the local region or at a regional institution for remote students. The exam will have a window of time during which it needs to be taken rather than a single date and time.

If you have any questions or comments about this course, please send a message to
Distance and Alternative Learning.

Last updated on 16-Jun-11
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