Faculty of Arts

Second Year English Courses

Listed below are the course descriptions for all second-year English courses offered at TRU. Not all courses will be offered in a given year.


ENGL 2000 Introduction to Canadian Studies (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore Canadian Studies by examining some key concepts and themes that have emerged across a wide spectrum of scholarship on Canada. Students increase their awareness of the dynamics of all aspects of Canadian literature and culture. At the discretion of the individual instructor, this course may focus on a particular time period, relationship, or theme.
Prerequisite: 6 credits of first year English (with the exception of ENGL 1150) or equivalent or permission of the instructor or department chair
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ENGL 2010 Writing and Critical Thinking: The Personal in Academic Discourse (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

The subject of this course includes reading and writing, with a focus on the literacy narratives genre. Students read and interpret a selection of literacy narratives by scholars as well as scholarly articles that explore the role of the personal in academic discourse. Students gain extensive practice in thinking critically and writing about their own literacy experiences.
Prerequisite: Any two of: ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210
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ENGL 2020 Writing and Critical Thinking: Research (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students continue to explore the theory and practice of academic reading and writing through a variety of topics or issues. Students perform close critical readings of scholarly texts to identify, analyze, and communicate the stylistic strategies and characteristics of academic sources. While investigating a topic, students use various research methods to assess, organize, and synthesize those scholarly sources in their own writing. They gain extensive practice in research writing, and apply the theories and practices of academic writing, with a focus on the research genres, including critical summaries, research proposals and research papers, and reinforced attention on documentation and grammatically-correct style. Students also practice communication strategies for professional discourse through group feedback on writing.
Prerequisite: 6 credits of first-year English ( with the exception of ENGL 1150) or equivalent or permission of instructor or department Chair.
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ENGL 2040 Canadian Drama: From Page to Stage and Screen (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Through a focus on modern and contemporary plays, this course introduces students to various theatrical techniques and dramatic modes. Works by such playwrights as Tremblay, Ryga, Highway, Clements, and Lepage may be among those studied. Whenever possible, texts are studied in conjunction with local theatrical productions.
Prerequisite: two 1st year Academic English courses with a C or better or instructor's written consent.
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ENGL 2060 Creative Writing - Fiction (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore the genre of literary fiction by composing original works of short fiction. Students develop skills in close critical and creative reading comprehension and the application of literary techniques by analyzing classic and contemporary short fiction. Through developmental exercises on creative writing techniques, writing workshops, and peer review, students practice discerning the elements of writing craft and developing skills for creating image, voice, character, setting, and structure. Students also learn how to employ grammatical, linguistic, and stylistic conventions appropriate for short story compositions.
Prerequisite:6 credits of first-year English ( with the exception of ENGL 1150 ) or equivalent or permission of instructor or department Chair
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ENGL 2070 Creative Writing - Drama (1,2.0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore the genre of drama writing by composing original short stage plays. Students develop skills in close critical and creative reading comprehension and the application of literary techniques by analyzing classic and contemporary stage plays. Through developmental exercises on creative writing techniques, writing workshops, and peer review, students practice discerning the elements of writing craft and developing skills for creating image, dialogue, character, stage directions, and structure. Students also learn how to employ grammatical, linguistic, and stylistic conventions appropriate for stage play compositions.
Prerequisite: 6 credits of first-year English (with the exception of ENGL 1150) or equivalent or permission of instructor or department Chair.
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ENGL 2080 Creative Writing - Poetry (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course consists of lectures and workshops on writing poetry, with an emphasis on the study and practice of basic poetry writing techniques. Through lectures, readings and assignments, students identify and apply various stylistic elements of contemporary poetry writing.
Prerequisite: Any two of ENGL 1100 or ENGL 1110 or ENGL 1120 or ENGL 1140 or ENGL 1210 and ENGL 1150 (Recommended)
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ENGL 2110 Literary Landmarks in English to 1700 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students continue to develop skills in close critical reading comprehension and written composition through investigation and evaluation of the development of the English language, key genres, influential authors, and important literary movements that emerged from approximately 700 C.E. to the late 1600s. Through reading representative genres, including epic, romance, sonnets, and comedy, and through analysis of these genres in their historical and cultural contexts, students learn to critically and creatively interpret and articulate complexities of various perspectives, techniques, rhetorical strategies, and assumptions employed by writers. They also consider the far-reaching influence of Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton, as well as the contributions of other writers of the period, through the practice of critical reflection and scholarly writing that illustrates grammatically-correct style and appropriate documentation skills. Prerequisites: 6 credits of first-year English (with the exception of ENGL 1150) or equivalent OR permission of instructor or department Chair
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ENGL 2120 Reading Literature: Essential Skills (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students from all disciplines, and especially those entering or currently enrolled in an English Major or English Minor degree, continue to develop fluency in close critical reading comprehension and written communication and gain practical tools for success in upper-level writing and literature courses. Students critically and creatively interpret and evaluate literary texts in three genres (poetry, drama and fiction) using a range of rhetorical strategies and diverse critical perspectives. They investigate a topic, and critically reflect on the complexities and assumptions of various historical, political and cultural contexts. Students demonstrate scholarly writing that illustrates grammatically-correct style, a coherent and well-structured literary argument, convincing incorporation of literary evidence, secondary source support, and appropriate documentation skills. .
Prerequisite: 6 credits of first-year English (with the exception of ENGL 1150) or equivalent, or permission of the instructor or department Chair.
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ENGL 2140 Biblical and Classical Backgrounds of English Literature 1 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

The course introduces students to Classical literature (mainly Greek) and the Bible (Old Testament: Hebrew Scriptures)& texts that are relevant and significant to subsequent culture, and especially for written works in English. Students also read and discuss additional representative works in English that have been influenced by the Bible and by Classical literature.
Prerequisite: two 1st year Academic English courses with a C or better or instructor's written consent.
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ENGL 2150 Women and Literature: Voice, Identity and Difference (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students continue to develop close critical reading comprehension through investigation of women's writing from a variety of time periods, diverse sociocultural backgrounds, and genres. Students understand and apply theoretical concepts, including voice, identity, and difference, to critically evaluate various elements of the female experience. Students critically and creatively interpret and analyze women's writing to consider and articulate how gender can unify women and give them a shared sense of power, while also acknowledging the complexities and multiplicities of female identity and experience as reflected by such differences as social class, ethnicity/culture, gender, and sexual expression, They investigate a topic, applying various critical perspectives and rhetorical strategies towards composing articulate arguments. Through the practice of scholarly writing, students illustrate grammatically-correct style and appropriate documentation skills.
Prerequisite: 6 credits of first-year English (with the exception of ENGL 1150) or equivalent or permission of the instructor or department Chair.
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ENGL 2160 Introduction to American Literature 1 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students continue to develop skills in close critical reading comprehension and written composition through exploration and evaluation of major writers and works in American literature up to 1900. Through reading representative nineteenth-century works, including poetry, nonfiction, and prose fiction, and through analysis of these genres in their historical and cultural contexts, students learn critically and creatively to interpret and articulate techniques, rhetorical strategies, and reflect on the complexities of various perspectives and assumptions employed by writers. They also explore the development of American literary identity through the practice of critical reflection and scholarly writing that illustrates grammatically-correct style and appropriate documentation skills.
Prerequisite: 6 credits of first-year English (with the exception of ENGL 1150) or equivalent or permission of instructor or department Chair
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ENGL 2170 Literary Landmarks in Canada (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students continue to develop skills in close critical reading comprehension and written composition through exploration and evaluation of the development of literary culture in Canada. Students critically and creatively evaluate influential authors and important literary movements that emerged circa 1700 to the present moment through reading representative genres, including exploration and travel narratives, settlement narratives, novels, poetry, and drama in their historical and cultural contexts. Students learn to critically and creatively interpret Canadian literary texts, applying a range of rhetorical strategies and diverse critical perspectives. They critically reflect on and articulate complexities of various perspectives, and assumptions employed by a broad range of writers. Students practice scholarly writing that illustrates grammatically-correct style and appropriate documentation skills.
Prerequisite: 6 credits of first-year English (with the exception of ENGL 1150) or equivalent or permission of instructor or department Chair.
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ENGL 2180 Studies in Literature and Culture (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students continue to develop skills in close critical reading comprehension and written composition through exploration and evaluation of the relationship between literature and cultural contexts. The approach of the course varies, sometimes focusing on a specific literary and cultural theme in a variety of genres and time periods, sometimes focusing on a specific cultural period, place, or movement and the literary texts and issues that emerge from it. Students critically and creatively evaluate a variety of texts, interpret and analyze a range of rhetorical strategies, and apply diverse critical perspectives. Whatever the focus, students learn to reflect critically and creatively and to articulate complexities and assumptions of various literary texts, considering their historical, political, and cultural contexts. Students investigate a topic, using scholarly writing that illustrates grammatically-correct style and appropriate documentation skills.
Prerequisite: 6 credits of first-year English (with the exception of ENGL 1150) or equivalent OR permission of instructor or department chair
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ENGL 2190 Studies in Literature and Film (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students continue to develop skills in close critical reading comprehension and written composition through exploration and evaluation of the connected arts of literature and film, and study of the relationships between cinematic form and literary genres, such as drama and the novel. Students critically and creatively evaluate a variety of literary and cinematic genres, interpret and analyze a range of rhetorical strategies, and apply diverse critical perspectives. While the specific literary genre and the selected films change each year, students learn to reflect critically and creatively and to articulate complexities and assumptions of various literary and cinematic texts, considering their historical, political, and cultural contexts. Students investigate a topic, using scholarly writing that illustrates grammatically-correct style and appropriate documentation skills.
Prerequisite: 6 credits of first-year English (with the exception of ENGL 1150) or equivalent OR permission of instructor or department chair
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ENGL 2200 Studies in Literature 1 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students continue to develop skills in close critical reading comprehension and written composition through exploration and evaluation of literary topics, themes, or issues within the discipline. Students critically and creatively evaluate a variety of interrelated literary texts, interpret and analyze a range of techniques and rhetorical strategies, and apply diverse critical perspectives. While course topics vary depending on faculty and student interest and current developments in the field, students learn to reflect critically and creatively and to articulate complexities and assumptions of various literary texts, considering their historical, political, and cultural contexts. Students investigate a topic, using scholarly writing that illustrates grammatically-correct style and appropriate documentation skills.
Prerequisite: 6 credits of first-year English (with the exception of ENGL 1150) or equivalent OR permission of instructor or department Chair
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ENGL 2210 Survey of English Literature, 18th and 19th Century (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students continue to develop skills in close critical reading comprehension and written composition through exploration and evaluation of selected major authors of the Augustan, Romantic and Victorian periods in English literature. Students critically and creatively evaluate a variety of literary texts, interpret and analyze a range of techniques and rhetorical strategies, and apply diverse critical perspectives. Through reading representative genres and through examination of these genres in their historical and cultural contexts, students learn to reflect critically and creatively and to articulate complexities and assumptions of various literary texts, considering their historical, political, and cultural contexts. They also consider the far-reaching influence of representative poets and novelists through the practice of scholarly writing that illustrates grammatically-correct style and appropriate documentation skills.
Prerequisite: 6 credits of first-year English (with the exception of ENGL 1150) or equivalent or permission of instructor or department Chair.
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ENGL 2240 Biblical and Classical Backgrounds of English Literature 2 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

This course introduces students to Classical literature (mainly Roman) and the Bible (New Testament) - texts that are relevant and important for subsequent culture and especially for writing in English. Representative works in English that have been influenced by the Bible and by Classical literature are also read and discussed.
Prerequisite: C (or better) in two 1st year Academic English courses, or instructor's written consent
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ENGL 2250 Women and Literature: Women's Bodies/Women's Roles (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students continue to develop close critical reading comprehension through an exploration of women's writing from a variety of time periods, diverse sociocultural backgrounds, and genres. Students critically and creatively interpret and evaluate the work of women writers, applying concepts of body theory and feminist perspectives on social roles, as well as literary terminology, techniques, and rhetorical strategies. They also consider the complexities and multiplicities of female ways of knowing and being in the world, including such elements of difference as social class, ethnicity/culture, gender identity and sexual expression and how they affect our understanding of social and corporeal experiences and possibilities. Students investigate a topic, using scholarly writing that illustrates grammatically-correct style and appropriate documentation skills.
Prerequisite: 6 credits of first-year English (with the exception of ENGL 1150) or equivalent or permission of instructor or department Chair.
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ENGL 2260 Introduction to American Literature 2 (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students continue to develop skills in close critical reading comprehension and written composition through exploration and evaluation of major writers and works in American literature after 1900. Through reading representative literary works, including poetry, nonfiction, prose fiction, and drama, and through analysis of the rise of American modernism and other historical and cultural contexts, students learn critically and creatively to interpret American literary texts, applying a range of rhetorical strategies, and diverse critical perspectives. Students reflect on and articulate the complexities of the American literary identity and assumptions of various American historical, political, and cultural contexts. Students investigate a topic, using scholarly writing that illustrates grammatically-correct style and appropriate documentation skills.
Prerequisite: 6 credits of first-year English (with the exception of ENGL 1150) or equivalent or permission of instructor or department Chair.
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ENGL 2270 Subversion and Social Justice in Canadian Literature (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students continue to develop skills in close critical reading comprehension and written composition through exploration and evaluation of the the ways in which Canadian poets, dramatists and fiction writers have been in the forefront of movements for social change, expressing new visions of responsible government, economic fairness, and social equity. Students critically and creatively interpret Canadian poetry, drama, and fiction, applying a range of techniques and rhetorical strategies, diverse critical perspectives, and possible thematic lenses, including protest, satire, creativity, and citizenship. Through the study of literary expressions of subversion and social justice in their historical and cultural contexts, students learn critically and creatively to reflect on and to articulate complexities of Canadian identity. Students investigate a topic, using scholarly writing that illustrates grammatically-correct style and appropriate documentation skills.
Prerequisite: 6 credits of first-year English (with the exception of ENGL 1150) or equivalent or permission of instructor or department Chair
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ENGL 2400 Studies in Literature (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students continue to develop skills in close critical reading comprehension and written composition through exploration and evaluation of literary topics, themes, or issues within the discipline. Students critically and creatively evaluate a variety of interrelated literary texts, interpret and analyze a range of techniques and rhetorical strategies, and apply diverse critical perspectives. While course topics vary depending on faculty and student interest and current developments in the field, students learn to reflect critically and creatively and to articulate complexities and assumptions of various literary texts, considering their historical, political, and cultural contexts. Students investigate a topic, using scholarly writing that illustrates grammatically-correct style and appropriate documentation skills.
Prerequisite: 6 credits of first-year English (with the exception of ENGL 1150) or equivalent OR permission of instructor or department Chair.
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ENGL 2410 Indigenous Narratives in Canada (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students explore the contemporary application of narrative structure that shapes the literature of Indigenous cultures,focusing on modern and contemporary poetry, drama, short stories, novels, and essays. Through close reading ofIndigenous narratives from a variety of nations, including local Secwepemc narratives, students gain culturalcompetency and an appreciation of the real-world application of issues studied.
Prerequisite: 6 credits of first-year English (with the exception of ENGL 1150) or equivalent OR permission of instructor or department Chair.
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ENGL 2420 Canadian Literature and Film (3,0,0)

Credits: 3 credits
Delivery: Campus

Students complete a comparative study of the written and filmed versions of selected Canadian texts, from novels and short stories to poems, scripts, and plays, and they explore the effects of the translation from literary text to film. The selected literary genres and films change each year.
Prerequisite: 6 credits of first-year English (with the exception of ENGL 1150) or equivalent OR permission of the instructor or department chair Note that students cannot receive credit for both ENGL 2420 and CNST 2420
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