ENG 201: World Literature

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Not Enrolled

Students are required to have an electronic journal that contains all of their notes for every content assignment read during the course. This can be in the form of a master document that can be submitted at the end of the course. The instructor will require a particular style of course notes that can be used and this will be provided. Notes should be prepared for each session, and the reading material will be needed (either in print or via internet/electronic source) for each class period. We will be reading some in class.

Course Description

                        Reading makes a learned man.

                        Conversation a ready man.

                        Writing an exact man.

The above quote sums up the reason to attempt to read the great books. Reading the great works of world literature for the purpose of discussing the ideas they bring forth is well worth it, and the mark of a real education. In this class, we will have a great time reading some good stories, then we will communicate our refined thoughts through notes and a written essay. As the ideas of the past become apparent through reading and discussion, we will analyze them for how they shaped and still shape our world today through the lens of II Corinthians 10:5 – by “taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”

Reading List:

  1. The Odessey by Homer (selections)
  2. Beowulf (selections)
  3. Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt(selections)
  4. Til We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
  5. Eastern literary selections

Course  Requirements:

  1. Students will read each book/assignment according to the tutor’s instruction.
    1. All Reading should be done before class.
    1. Students will be given various reading notes assignments or quizzes at the Tutor’s discretion.
    1. Students are expected to discuss the text during class, listen to discussion points and thoughts, and treat everyone with respect. 


The student’s grade is determined by three areas: Reading 35%; Writing 35%; Participation 30%.

Participation is graded on a student’s attentiveness and involvement in class. Among other things it is measured by the appropriateness of a student’s remarks, their level of engagement, respectfulness to their tutor and classmates, their attitude towards learning, their preparedness (on time, with their book), etc.

Grades will be posted weekly.


Writing Revisions will award 70% of missed points if the revised paper is turned in and has all changes appropriately highlighted along with original paper is turned in, with the grade sheet.

The following actions are considered serious violations of the Tutor’s standard of Integrity and Honesty:

1. Directly copying someone else’s work visually, orally, electronically, or   otherwise.

2.  Use of disallowed devices on assignments such as notes, smartphones, books, etc.

3. Getting test questions or essential information about a test from another student before the

     tutor allows it.

4. Deliberately giving an answer away to help someone cheat.

5.  Using of “Spark Notes” or other outside reading aids that are not generated by the student from

their individual academic efforts is NOT allowed for this class unless explicit permission is granted by the tutor on a per assignment basis.

Some thoughts before we begin

The primary goal of World Literature is to strengthen a student’s ability to think Biblically and enhance their capacity to graciously communicate truth to others. The books we read are sometimes difficult to understand. They raise many tough questions which require effort and thought to grasp and articulate. Comprehension of a book or its ideas is not the immediate goal. Learning is. This takes humility to learn from the book and to try to glean as much as possible from a reading style with which you might be unfamiliar. Try coming to each class with questions about the reading. If you do this learning will be both natural and enjoyable.

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