This course introduces selected works from the Pacific, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas from their literary beginnings through the seventeenth century. Emphasis is placed on historical background, cultural context, and literary analysis of selected prose, poetry, and drama. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret, analyze, and respond to selected works.
This course is intended to provide an overview of world literature, selecting works from the Pacific, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas from their literary beginnings through the seventeenth century. Emphasis is placed on historical background, cultural context, and literary analysis of selected prose, poetry, and drama. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret, analyze, and respond to selected works.
Dr. Maas holds an Ed.D. from Texas A&M University at Commerce and is a graduate of Minnesota State University at Mankato, as well as Ambassador University. He taught as a Professor of English at Wiley College from 2001-2013. For six years he served as Vice President for Education for the International Society for General Semantics, and as the Education Editor and regular contributor for the ETC. Journal.
As a result of participating in ENGL 261, students will be able:
- To develop a broad knowledge of significant works of world literature.
- To develop a specific understanding of selected representative works of major authors within the various times and places studied.
- To develop a general understanding of historical, philosophical and cultural contexts of the assigned works.
- To analyze specific literary texts, presenting thoughtfully developed ideas in writing.
I have used online versions of many of the works in the public domain, having embedded questions within the text for class assignments. Also, I have provided links to videos and movies dramatizing many of the works. Although, it is theoretically possible to take this course without having need of a text, I recommend the student purchase the shorter third edition, in paperback. To save money, the student might want to purchase the two-volume set containing the works for both ENGL261 and ENGL262.
- The Norton Anthology of World Literature, Volume 1, Shorter 3rd ed. Paperback. ISBN: 9780393919608
- The Norton Anthology of World Literature, Two-Volume Set, Shorter 3rd ed. Paperback [This is the two-volume set which contains the texts for ENGL 261 and ENGL262]. ISBN: 9780393919622
Additional readings will be posted on the website to provide background material for the individual units. Appropriate web links will be designated on the course website, and may also include other secular sources.
NOTE: Required texts and other outside readings have been chosen because of their "overall" value and relation to the course. Students should keep in mind that these sources are "secular" and although very good in many ways, not all the ideas shared by the authors are biblically accurate or even acceptable in God’s Church. The instructor will attempt to point out major errors, but ultimately the student must "sift" through the material gleaning the wise and godly elements, and dismissing the inappropriate.
Course lectures will take the format of both video and audio. PowerPoint slides will accompany lectures and videos will also periodically be available for download with some lectures. See the course website for details.
|1||Introduction to the Bible
The Book of Job
|2||Ancient Mesopotamian Literature
The Gilgamesh Epic
|3||The Homeric Epic
Sophocles' Oedipus the King
|5||Medieval Period I - Alighieri Dante
|6||Medieval Period II - Geoffrey Chaucer
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
|7||Elizabethan Literature - William Shakespeare
1. Submit assignments on or before the date due. No late or make-up assignments will be allowed except for extreme circumstances (permission of instructor is necessary). Students must complete the course by the last official day of instruction as set forth in the academic calendar.
2. Students will be responsible for the assigned readings that correspond with each class lesson. Please read the assigned literary work and any other assigned reading prior to viewing the lectures and completing the unit assignments.
3. Icebreaker. All students are required to post a brief biography to the Icebreaker forum by Sunday of the first week of class. Do not create a new discussion. Please use the following questions to guide your biography:
a. Your name and the Church area that you attend.
b. How long you have been part of/attending the church.
c. Why you are taking this particular course and what you hope to learn.
d. Whether or not you have taken any other Living University courses.
e. Where you intend to attend the Feast of Tabernacles this year (if you are able to attend).
4. Discussion Forums: Students are expected to participate in class discussions by posting comments on the discussion forum thread provided for each lesson (see the link on the course website). Each lesson there will be one or two questions posted on the webpage that relate to that unit’s lectures and readings. Also, make sure that your comments are more than merely personal opinion. Your comments should be grounded in your readings, lecture notes, and based on scripture. These lesson discussions are very important and are designed to reinforce the course content in a unique way, so it is important to participate in the discussions.
Minimal participation requires one posting per forum question. Students should also take time at the end of each week to read/review comments from their classmates. Re-posts and additional comments or questions are also encouraged. You should comment or reply to at least two other classmates’ comments in order to get full credit for the assignment. Be sure to keep the discussions positive and helpful. Involvement in the discussion forum will add to your overall class experience as you discuss the various topics with your classmates. It will also give you the opportunity to get to know your classmates better.
5. Study Questions: These questions pwill be provided to assess your comprehension of the assigned literature and will serve as homework assignments for each lesson or portion of a lesson. These questions will be used to construct the seven unit tests.
6. Seven Unit Tests will be given throughout the semester. There are seven practice tests which allow for several retakes in preparation for each unit test. All tests will be comprised of multiple choice, matching, and short answer questions. The tests will last approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours. All tests are to be taken CLOSED BOOK and CLOSED NOTES. No proctor is required.
|Summary of Course Requirements||Point Value||Letter Grade||Total Points|
|Icebreaker||10||A||900 points or above|
|Discussion Forum Posts||80||B||800-899 points|
|Study Questions||498||C||700-799 points|
|Unit Tests and Practice Tests||405||D||600-699 points|
|Course Evaluation||7||F||599 points or below|