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Masterpieces of World Literature: Beginning through 1600s

Course NumberLIT 228W
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course or permission of instructor. Surveys world literature through 1600 that includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the masterpieces of the Western tradition. Concentrates on recurring themes, such as a person's relationship to God and nature, individual and social morality, liberty and responsibility, social and economic justice, and the search for a meaningful existence. Credit may be earned in LIT 228 or LIT 228H but not in both. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Describe and analyze the origins of literature in various cultures.
  1. Explain specific historical and cultural contexts in which various literary forms have developed.

Describe and analyze various aspects of the aesthetic experience that literature provides.
  1. Identify and apply principles for understanding specific works as forms of art.

Describe and analyze important recurring themes in world literature, including those from the Western tradition
  1. Compare in writing the common thematic concerns of two or more literary works.

Describe and analyze the interconnectedness of culture and literature
  1. Identify how specific characteristics of a literary work reflect the culture in which it was produced.

Complete a literary research project appropriate to the course.
  1. Establish a thesis statement that clearly identifies an idea common to two or more works studied in the course.
  2. Research that thesis using primary and/or secondary sources and complete a thoroughly developed project that accurately incorporates a recognized system of documentation.

Participate in "writing to learn" activities.
  1. Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  2. Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  3. Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.

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