Liberty ENGL 221 World Literature I Entire Course
A survey of literary works from around the world began with the earliest civilizations through about A.D. 1550. Two critical papers are required.
Please visit Liberty University for details on this course’s prerequisites.
To fulfill several of Liberty University’s core competencies, this course examines literary works from around the world and examines the common experiences of humans in many different historical periods and cultures. In the area of communication, this course reinforces the student’s need to carefully read texts and to produce persuasive, well-structured, grammatically sound, and easy-to-understand texts. In the area of critical thinking, this course emphasizes the importance of reading and understanding literary works within their historic and social context and within the context of the universal needs, emotions, and values found in human experience. In the area of a biblical worldview, this course gives the student knowledge and appreciation of various cultures and time periods, while also encouraging the student to integrate these studies of world literature into his or her biblical worldview.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Measurable Learning Outcomes (MLO)
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
MLO 1: Demonstrate skills in close reading and interpretation of literary texts from a
variety of periods, genres, and traditions.
MLO 2: Analyze representative texts from various cultures and relate them to their literary
and cultural contexts.
MLO 3: Integrate a Christian worldview with the practice of literary reading and
MLO 4: Write with clarity.
MLO 5: Recognize standard usage in English grammar, word choice (diction),
phraseology, and sentence structure.
MLO 6: Apply knowledge of sentence structure to basic sentence editing and revision.
MLO 7: Write a persuasive analysis of a literary work.
General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes: Critical Thinking
CT 1: Determine the validity and logical consistency of claims and/or positions, using reading comprehension strategies when relevant.
CT 2: Structure an argument or position using credible evidence and valid reasoning.
CT 3: Compare and contrast the biblical worldview with a non-biblical worldview, evaluating the influence of assumptions and contexts on ethics and values.
CT 4: Plan evidence-based courses of action to resolve problems.
CT 5: Relate critical thinking and ethics to participation in God’s redemptive work.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, for each Discussion (there are 2 Discussions per Module), the student will submit 1 insightful quote from the assigned reading and write a 250–300-word thread explaining what the quote meant to the original readers of the text and what it means to people today. (Thus, each student will submit 2 posts per Module with a total of 12 posts during the whole course.)
The student will also submit 1 reply to another student’s post. Comments should be 75–100 words. (Thus, each student will submit 2 replies per Module with a total of 12 replies during the whole course.) This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: CT 1, CT 2, CT 3, and CT5.
The student will create a thread that explains how this course has influenced his or her biblical worldview. The thread must be 150–200 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to the thread of at least 1 classmate. The comment must be 75–125 words. This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: CT 1, CT 2, CT 3, and CT5.
Essay Assignments (2)
Paragraph and Outline
The student will select 2 assigned readings from Modules 1–3. The student will write the first paragraph of his or her Essay and develop a thesis and outline that compares the 2 readings. This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: CT 1, CT 2, CT 3, and CT5.
The student will write a 900–1,200-word Essay that compares the 2 previously selected readings from Modules 1–3. The writing must be in the format of the student’s chosen program (current MLA, APA, or Turabian). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: CT 1, CT 2, CT 3, and CT5.
Research Paper Assignments (2)
Paragraph and Outline
The student will research a topic from 2 of the assigned readings in Modules 5–7. The student will write the first paragraph, thesis, and outline of the Research Paper. The student must reference at least 3 secondary sources that follow the guidelines established in the instructions according to the correct APA, MLA, or Turabian format. This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: CT 1, CT 2, CT 3, and CT5.
The student will write a 1,200–1,500-word Research Paper in the format of his or her chosen program (current MLA, APA, or Turabian). The student must reference material from at least 3 secondary sources and at least 2 of the assigned readings from Modules 5–7. This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: CT 1, CT 2, CT 3, and CT5.
Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned Modules. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 8–10 multiple-choice questions, and have a time limit of 30 minutes. This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: CT 1, CT 3, and CT5.