Online Courses 

ENGL 10A World Literature (to 1650)


Instructor: Dr. Eileen Smith

Explore some masterpieces of world literature from the beginnings to 1650 from such literary traditions as those from Egypt, Sumeria, China, India, Japan, Islam, Africa, Classical Western, Native America. This course examines the richness and variety of human experience and the ways in which themes  --  such as love and death, spiritual fulfillment, the family, growing up, work --  are handled in differing literary traditions.

Catalog Course Description:

This course introduces students to some representative masterpieces in world literature beginning with the ancient world and continuing to 1650. A majority of the works will be selected from non-Western literary traditions. The course involves critical analysis of these works within the context of the culture and time in which they were written. Emphasis centers on identifying and analyzing important themes that shape and define the human experience.

Will this course satisfy transfer requirements?  Highly transferable, this course satisfies the following transfer requirements and recommendations:

a general education requirement in the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) in the humanities in area 3 for transfer to either the University of California (U. C.) or California State University (C. S. U.)
a multicultural requirement in general education
a requirement for transfer into the Integrated Teacher Core program through C. S. U., Chico, and the University Center

Overview of Course Content

ENGL 10A  World Literature (to 1650) offers a survey of world literature from its beginnings to roughly 1650 C. E. Some of the works studied may include literary works from the following areas of the world:

Part I: Literature in the Ancient World: Beginnings to 100 B. C. E.
Earliest Writing Systems / Fertile Crescent
Sumeria / Akkadia
India’s Heroic Age
Early China
Ancient Greece
The Roman Empire
Part II: Literature from the Early Christian Europe to 1650 C. E.
Early Christian Europe
India’s Classical Age
China’s "Middle Period"
The Golden Age of Japanese Culture
The Rise of Islam and Islamic Literature
The Foundations of Western Literature
Native American
Part III Thematic Review
Thematic Review in preparation for Final Project   
Final Project  

Relevance to You the Student:

Can this course benefit you in your career goals?  It could very well facilitate your efforts towards realizing your goals. This course helps prepare students for careers in our growing global community by promoting understanding of a variety of cultures and world views. It can provide knowledge of and help build insight into other cultures by examining traditions, values, and history as evidenced in literary works. With an ever-increasingly multicultural environment in the United States, such understanding can clearly be an advantage to inter-personal communication.  Any students planning to pursue studies in English, foreign languages, literature, any aspect of education, social work, communications, and related fields may find this course relevant.

The Online Advantage:

  No On-Campus Class Meetings. ENGL 10A World Literature (to 1650) does not require any on-campus class meetings. All coursework and discussions are completed online. 

Parallels a Traditional Course.  ENGL 10A World Literature (to 1650) follows a schedule similar to a traditional face-to-face, three-unit course meeting twice a week. You will be expected to access the course materials, comply with course requirements, and complete reading and writing assignments on a well-defined schedule. Course readings will be assigned from three primary sources: a world literature anthology published by a mainstream publisher, the instructor's online course materials, and online resources in world literature, culture, and history.  URL's for many relevant internet websites may be included in the course materials.

  Highly Interactive. ENGL 10A World Literature (to 1650) does require that you interact with your classmates and instructor. Even though your fellow classmates or instructor may be located in places throughout the tri-county area, and perhaps beyond, you will feel a sense of community.  Work will include weekly readings and postings to the Discussion board, two essays, three exams, and a final project.  The reading will consist of assigned reading in the anthology and weekly readings of online course content (lecture) materials. Then, twice a week, you will post assignments and comments on the Discussion board.  Each posting will take two forms. First you will post your original  responses to the discussion prompt after completing the assigned readings. Then you will also be expected to respond to and comment on at least two postings by your classmates. The Discussion board is where much of  the learning will take place.
  Online Resources.  From your home computer, you can access the course content, visit the Discussion board, explore numerous online world literature, culture, and history websites, and contact your instructor by email. Campus resources available online include learning resources and the library, student services including admissions and records, financial aid, counseling, and more.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the instructor, Dr. Eileen Smith.