ENG 243 Syllabus


Division: Arts and Sciences Date: February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Liberal Arts, Science, Business Administration


Course Number and Title: English 243, Survey of English Literature


Credit Hours: 3 Hours/Week Lecture: 3 Lec/Lab Comb:



I.              Catalog Description: Studies major English works from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present, emphasizing ideas and

characteristics of the British literary tradition. It also involves critical reading and writing.


II. Relationship of the Course to Curricula Objectives in which it is Taught:

Students successfully completing this course will demonstrate the ability to read critically, write in an organized manner, listen objectively, locate and utilize information/resources, think critically, recognize the existence of different perspectives and culture values, and develop a historical consciousness.


III. Required Background: English 112 or departmental approval.


IV. Course Content:

Surveys major writers of each era in British history.

Examples of authors and works covered may include, but are not limited to the following:

1.    Middle Ages Beowulf, The Dream of the Rood, Wace, Layomon, Geoffrey of Mammouth, Marie De France

2.    Middle English Chaucer, Malory, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

3.    Renaissance John Donne, Spenser, Milton, Ben Jonson, Geoge Herbert, Aemilia Lanyer, Mary Wroth, Shakespeare, Marlowe

4.    Restoration and the Age of Reason Dryden, Swift, Pope, Samual Johnson, Boswell, Burney


V.   Learner Outcomes

VI. Evaluation


The student will:


A.               Be able to respond critically and reflectively to literary works.

B.               Be able to trace literary currents and movements

C.               Be able to assess aesthetic qualities of literature

D.               Be able to think and write critically about literacy works

E.               Develop an appreciation for the works of significant English authors

Students must write at least two major critical analysis papers. In addition, faculty may assess students using essays, and short answer tests, and/or other projects or assignments designed to assess mastery of course content.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding