Introduction to Literature

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Literature

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    WP 1010 LE Introduction to Academic Writing
    WP 1111 LE Integrated Academic Writing and Ethics

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Selection of texts from literature in English representing the genres of short fiction, poetry, and drama. Focus on literary elements, variations in form among genres, and literary analysis.

    This course offers an introduction to the fundamentals of literary study. It provides students with a set of literary terms and tools; introduces them to the literary genres and their elements; cultivates writing skills and formal analysis in the discipline; and offers a foundation for further literary study.

    Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Engage in critical and analytical close-reading of texts from a variety of literary genres;
    2. Recognize, understand, and analyze various literary elements of texts from various literary genres;
    3. Compare and contrast, in writing and orally, a variety of texts from different genres in relation to form and other significant elements;
    4. Produce analytical, argumentative essays on a variety of texts following MLA style documentation.

    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    • Lectures, class discussions, workshop-style pair work and group work during class meetings;
    • Formative exercises and online learning tasks through the Blackboard online tools designed to help students acquire confidence and benefit from independent study;
    • Additional print and audiovisual educational material posted on the Blackboard course template;
    • Timely instructor feedback on assignments;
    • Other relevant educational material placed on reserve in the library;
    • Individualized assistance during office hours for further discussion of lecture material, additional reading, assignments and examinations;
    • Close collaboration with the Library and SASS to encourage students’ effective use of academic support services.  


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