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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. Grade 12 English equivalency.


After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • 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 outline

  • 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

  1. King, Thomas. Medicine River. Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2014.
    Type: Novel. ISBN: 978-0-14-319114-8
  1. Davies, Richard, and Jerry Wowk, eds. Inside Stories III. Toronto: Harcourt Canada, 2002.
    Type: Anthology. ISBN: 0-7747-1514-6
  1. Davies, Richard, and Jerry Wowk, eds. Inside Poetry. 2nd ed. Toronto: Harcourt Canada, 2002.
    Type: Anthology. ISBN: 0-7747-1513-8
  1. Donaldson, Chelsea. Canadian Student Writer's Guide. Toronto: Gage Canada, 2000.
    Type: Reference ISBN: 0771513186

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

Additional requirements

A computer with Internet is required this course.


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

Assignment 1 5%
Assignment 2 14%
Assignment 3 14%
Assignment 4 14%
Assignment 5 14%
Assignment 6 9%
Final Exam * 30%
Total 100%

* Mandatory

Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information when starting the course.

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