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English 11

This course furthers students’ understanding that while literature is considered a product of the time and culture within which it was written, it can also reveal universal understandings and transcendent beliefs that unify human existence and culture. Students learn that writers are often in communication with writing and writers of previous times, creating a discourse across time. Students examine the various roles literature plays in society and the nature of the knowledge acquired through literature. Through reflection and inquiry, students examine how their own experiences influence the way that they understand and respond to what they read. Students are expected to participate in class discussions every day, weighing various points of view, synthesizing ideas in relation to each other, and ultimately forming an opinion of their own.

Written and oral assignments are both creative and critical in their implementation and process, demanding an ever-increasing appreciation of the choices writers make in their work. These assignments take students through the process of gaining feedback, editing, and revising. Each mod is a self-defined unit covering an aspect of World Literature, focusing on the skills of close reading, inquiry, writing, and speaking.

There are two core mods that are unique to this course. For the third mod, students can choose from any of the following:

Creative Writing: Focus on Style (ENG510C)
Creative Writing: Focus on the Novel (ENG510F)
Creative Writing: Focus on the Screenplay (ENG510K)
Exploration of Memoir (ENG520A)
Autobiographical Writing (ENG520K)
Shakespeare in the 21st Century (ENG530C) (This course will not be offered in 2022-23.)
Encountering the Holocaust through Literature (ENG540C)
Science and Literature (ENG550C)
Being Human: Intro to Philosophy (ENG650A)

In addition, the English course work that is part of the immersive courses Vergil’s Aeneid (ENG930R) and Transformative Justice (ENG980X) can be used as the third mod of this course.

Min-Max Credit Hours: 3.0-3.0