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College Catalog 2024-2025
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ENGL 2810 - World Literature From 1400

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: ENGL 1220  or ENGL 1190 

World Literature from 1400 provides an examination of works of literature from a variety of cultures, with the time period ranging from approximately 1400 CE on. Students will apply techniques for literary analysis in the writing of one or more critical papers that incorporate research on an aspect of world literature.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome 1:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply major literary concepts to written analyses of primary texts.


  1. Support their own identification of significant themes of primary texts of world literature.
  2. Identify significant genres in primary texts of world literature.
  3. Identify and analyze the significance of literary devices in primary texts of world literature.

Outcome 2:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to make connections between their own experiences and the ideas and literary forms of the primary texts through discussions and/or written analyses.


  1. Analyze elements common to the human experience.
  2. Compare the mutual influence of specific cultural elements and the literary texts.

Outcome 3:
Upon completion of this course students will be able to evaluate primary texts as aesthetic creations through the oral and/or written application of appropriate criteria.


  1. Argue for appropriate criteria for making an aesthetic judgment of literary texts.
  2. Apply criteria that are most relevant to the specific literary text.
  3. Express an aesthetic response to the literary texts through the application of relevant criteria.

Outcome 4:
Upon completion of this course students will be able to conduct research on an aspect of world literature and write a paper based on that research.


  1. Determine appropriate secondary sources.
  2. Synthesize the results of research and analysis.
  3. Cite the sources used in a standard documentation format.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
The design of the course should include the following elements but may add to these:

  1. Genres
    1. Major genres of literary works common to the cultures under study, such as epic and tragedy
    2. Literary works chosen from a variety of cultures and time periods from approximately 1400 CE on, such as writings by Shakespeare, Cao Xueqin, Moliere, Basho, Tolstoy, Ibsen, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Conrad, Yeats, Pirandello, Whitman, and Achebe
  2. Elements of literature
    1. Structural elements such as plot, settng, and characterization
    2. Stylistic elements such as rhyme, meter, and tone
    3. Evaluative elements such as theme and aesthetic criteria
  3. Cultural Aspects
    1. Contexts for literary works under study (such as historical and philosophical influences)
    2. Influence of literary works on contemporary and/or current culture(s)
  4. Writing Skills
    1. Methods for writing literary analyses
    2. Review as needed for finding, evaluating, using, and documenting secondary sources according to MLA formats

Primary Faculty
McGee, Nancy
Secondary Faculty
Richie, Karen
Associate Dean
Ternullo, Annette
Pritchett, Marie

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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