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ENGL 10B World Literature (after 1650)


Instructor: Dr. Eileen Smith

ENGL 10B World Literature (after 1650) continues the survey of world literature from roughly the year 1650, where ENGL 10A World Literature (to 1650) ends, to the present day.  ENGL 10A, however, is not a prerequisite for ENGL 10B.  Either course may be taken independently or sequentially, in chronological or in reverse order. The goals of both courses coincide.

ENGL 10B World Literature (after 1650) explores some masterpieces of world literature from the pre-modern world to the present, such as works from China, Turkey, Japan, India, Africa, Israel, and Native America among others. This course examines the richness and variety of human experience and the ways in which themes  --  such as love, 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 1650 and continuing to the present. 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. ENGL 10A is not a prerequisite to ENGL 10B.

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

Part I  Fantastic Travels in the Pre-Modern World
The Rise of Popular Arts in Pre-Modern Japan
Vernacular Literature in China
The Ottoman Empire
Part II  Social Organization and the Limits of Reason
Revolution and Romanticism in Europe and America
Continental Romantic Lyrics
Urdu Poetry
Realism, Naturalism, and Symbolism in Europe
Symbolist poetry
Part III  Self and Other in Global Context
Native American
Part IV  Thematic Review
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 10B World Literature (after 1650) does not require any on-campus class meetings. All coursework and discussions are completed online. 

Parallels a Traditional Course.  ENGL 10B World Literature (after 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 10B World Literature (after 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.