Studies in World Literatures – ENGL 656

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

Course Description

This course is a study of some of the world’s literary masterpieces from antiquity to the present with particular emphasis on religious texts, diverse literary traditions, and universal themes.




World Literatures record enduring human values that reveal commonly held experiences across all people groups. Studying such literature can be aesthetically pleasing; equip one with analytical skills; encourage the exploration of a diversity of content, authors, and genres; and reveal valuable insights about the human condition, thus broadening one’s intellectual outlook.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Characterize literary works from antiquity to the present.
  2. Analyze the works in their moral, literary, cultural, and historical contexts.
  3. Explore the enduring human values which unite the various literary traditions.
  4. Examine the works not only as literature but also as products of their age, showing how they were influenced by and influenced their society.
  5. Compare and contrast the specific talents and diverse literary style among the various writers/texts.
  6. Show how the literature does or does not reflect Christian values.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

As the first activity in this course, please read the syllabus, the course schedule, and Student Expectations.  After reading the syllabus, the course schedule, and Student Expectations, the student will then complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Activities

Twelve Discussion Board Posts are required, and twelve Discussion Board Comments are required. Instructions are given on Blackboard.

Mid-term Essay

During Weeks 3 and 4, students will write 1300 to 1600 word paper comparing two of the assigned readings. Instructions are given on Blackboard.

Research Project

During Weeks 7 and 8, students will write a 2000 to 2500 word research paper.