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ENGL 0601: Introduction to Literature

This course introduces Canadian writers and the different forms of fiction. Students learn to think critically about literature in this Grade 12 English equivalency course.

Learning outcomes

  • Comprehend and respond to literature and informational text effectively and efficiently.
  • Critique and discuss the style and substance of novels, using a range of means of literary analysis.
  • Critique and discuss short stories in appropriate terms, including plot development, characterization, conflict, symbolism, theme, setting, and many aspects of style.
  • Critique and discuss poetry in appropriate terms, including rhythm and imagery.
  • Critique and discuss drama, including film drama, in appropriate terms that relate drama to other kinds of literature.
  • Compare and contrast literary works and genres.
  • Create well-developed essays to express critical insight.
  • Create original compositions.
  • Identify and correct English errors in your written work.
  • Document sources of information.
  • Use oral/aural communication, cooperative communication, media information, and computers to enhance your learning.

Course topics

  • Module 1: Studying Literature
  • Module 2: The Novel
  • Module 3: Poetry
  • Module 4: Short Stories
  • Module 5: Film Drama
  • Module 6: Fluent Analysis

Required text and materials

The following materials are required for this course:

  1. Hacker, Diana, and Nancy Sommers. (2022) A Canadian Writer’s Reference with APA 2020 and MLA 2021 Update. (7th ed.), Bedford/St. Martin’s.
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 978-1-319-40003-3
  2. Hacker, Diana, and Nancy Sommers. (2019) Exercises for A Canadian Writer’s Reference. (7th ed.), Bedford/St. Martin’s.
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 978-1-319-19184-9
  3. King, Thomas. Medicine River. Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2014.
    Type: Novel. ISBN: 978-0-14-319114-8
  4. Davies, Richard, and Jerry Wowk, eds. Inside Stories III. Toronto: Harcourt Canada, 2002.
    Type: Anthology. ISBN: 0-7747-1514-6
  5. Davies, Richard, and Jerry Wowk, eds. Inside Poetry. 2nd ed. Toronto: Harcourt Canada, 2002.
    Type: Anthology. ISBN: 0-7747-1513-8

Note: The final exam is an open book exam. However, no digital or electronic resources will be permitted.


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% on the mandatory final exam.

Assignment 1: Studying Literature 5%
Assignment 2: The Novel 14%
Assignment 3: Poetry 14%
Assignment 4: Short Stories 14%
Assignment 5: Film Drama 14%
Assignment 6: Fluent Analysis 9%
Mandatory Final Exam 30%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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