World Literature I – ENGL 221

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A survey of literary works from around the world beginning with the earliest civilizations
through about A.D. 1550. Two critical papers are required.

Prerequisites

ENGL 101 and (ENGL 102 or MUSC 200)

Rationale

To fulfill several of Liberty University’s core competencies, this course examines literary works
from around the world and examines the common experiences of humans in many different
historical periods and cultures. In the area of communication, this course reinforces the student’s
need to carefully read texts and to produce persuasive, well-structured, grammatically-sound, and
easy-to-understand texts. In the area of critical thinking, this course emphasizes the importance
of reading and understanding literary works within their historic and social context and within
the context of the universal needs, emotions, and values found in human experience. In the area
of biblical worldview, this course gives the student a knowledge and appreciation of various
cultures and time periods, while also encouraging the student to integrate these studies of world
literature into his or her biblical worldview.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate skills in close reading and interpretation of literary texts from a
    variety of periods, genres, and traditions.
  2. Analyze representative texts from various cultures and relate them to their literary
    and cultural contexts.
  3. Integrate a Christian worldview with the practice of literary reading and
    interpretation.
  4. Write with clarity.
  5. Recognize standard usage in English grammar, word choice (diction),
    phraseology, and sentence structure.
  6. Apply knowledge of sentence structure to basic sentence editing and revision.
  7. Write a persuasive analysis of a literary work.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (12)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, for each forum (there are 2 forums per week), the student will submit 1 insightful quote from the assigned reading and write a 250–300-word thread explaining what the quote meant to the original readers of the text and what it means to people today. (Thus, each student will submit 2 posts per week with a total of 12 posts during the whole course.)

The student will also submit 1 reply to another student's forum post. Replies should be 75–100 words. (Thus, each student will submit 2 replies per week with a total of 12 replies during the whole course.)

Worldview Discussion Board Forum

The student will create a thread that explains how this course has influenced his or her biblical worldview. The thread must be 150–200 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be 75–125 words.

Critical Essay

Paragraph and Outline

The student will select 2 assigned readings from Modules/Weeks 1–3. The student will write the first paragraph of his or her Critical Essay and develop a thesis and outline that compares the 2 readings.

Final Draft

The student will write a 900–1,200-word Critical Essay that compares the 2 previously selected readings from Modules/Weeks 1–3. The writing must be in the format of the student’s chosen program (current MLA, APA, or Turabian).

Critical Research Paper

Paragraph and Outline

The student will research a topic from 2 of the assigned readings in Modules/Weeks 5–7. The student will write the first paragraph, thesis, and outline of the Critical Research Paper. The student must reference at least 3 secondary sources that follow the guidelines established in the instructions according to correct APA, MLA, or Turabian format.

Final Draft

The student will write a 1,200–1,500-word Critical Research Paper in the format of his or her chosen program (current MLA, APA, or Turabian). The student must reference material from at least 3 secondary sources and at least 2 of the assigned readings from Modules/Weeks 5–7.

Quizzes (6)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple choice questions, and have a time limit of 30 minutes.