Classics of World Literature

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Classics of World Literature

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview


    The course introduces students to a number of classic texts of international significance, thus familiarising them with major aspects of world literature. Texts written by foreign-language authors are examined in English translation.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Comprehension of texts in English and in English translation.

    2. Critical analysis of texts.

    3. Understanding of literary, historical, social and cultural movements associated with these texts.

    4. Language development through discussion and writing about texts and theories related to them.

    5. Independent research using secondary literature related to the prescribed texts.


    The course aims to provide an insight into major examples of world literature. Students will:
    Engage in close reading
    Use literary terminology relevant to the texts
    Engage in practical criticism of literary technique
    Express opinions about and give individual responses to texts
    Refer to secondary literature
    Discuss textual interpretations
    Document textual interpretations

    Assessment Items

    Essay: 1500-word essay
    Essay: 2000-word essay
    Online Learning Activity: Online discussion exercise
    Quiz: Quiz

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.