ENGL102-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Great Works

15 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019

Description

This course introduces students to university-level English by exploring in depth a sequence of works that have earned the label 'great' for some or all of the following reasons: because of their enduring, wide and deep cultural influence; because of the originality of their creative conception; because of the power of their language; because of the power and appeal of the stories they tell or the characters or images they contain.

Theme for 2019: Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis occurs throughout literature: gods become human or vice versa; beggars become princes and princesses or vice versa; people turn into trees, rocks, monsters, birds, beetles…. Language itself is based on metamorphosis: the transformation of ideas and things into words and figures of speech. By paying attention to the many kinds of metamorphosis at work in a diverse range of ‘great works’, this course will aim to develop students’ understanding of how various kinds of change — cultural, social, psychological — shape and are shaped by their representation in literature.

This course can be used towards an English major or minor. BA students who major in English would normally take at least two 100-level 15 point ENGL courses (which must include at least one of the following: ENGL117, ENGL102 or ENGL103), at least three 200-level 15 point ENGL courses, and at least two 300-level 30 point ENGL courses. Please see the BA regulations  or a student advisor for more information.

Learning Outcomes

In this course you will learn:

  •  Acquisition of skills in advanced critical reading
  •  Improvement of skills in essay writing
  •  Increased knowledge of specific texts and their historical and cultural contexts
  •  Familiarity with concepts integral to the study of English at university level.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 E7 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Eng Core 222 Drawing Office 2 (8/5-29/5)
Eng Core 223 Drawing Office 1 (8/5-29/5)
6 May - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 16:00 Karl Popper 413 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 Music 206 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
03 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Karl Popper 508 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
04 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Karl Popper 508 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
05 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Karl Popper 413 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
06 Monday 13:00 - 14:00 Karl Popper 612 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Philip Armstrong

Lecturer

Christopher Thomson

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Two Short Writing Exercises 30%
Formal Essay 30%
Take-Home Test 40%

Textbooks

Required Texts
• Bronte, Emily; Wuthering Heights
• Shakespeare, William; A Midsummer Night's Dream  
• Stevenson, Robert Louis; The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Course readings will also be provided online, including poems and short fiction by Franz Kafka, Audre Lorde, John Donne, Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Dickinson and Allen Curnow.

(Image: "Richard Mansfield in the dual roles of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". Photo by Henry Van der Weyde, licensed under public domain.)

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $761.00

International fee $3,188.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

All ENGL102 Occurrences

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