ELIT101 Introduction to Literature

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
T P
ELIT101 Introduction to Literature 2 1 6 Tue 13.00 - 14.50; Thur 11.00 - 11.50
Prerequisite It is a prerequisite to
Lecturer Vesna Suljic Office Hours Schedule Mon 9.00 - 12.00; Wed 9.00 - 12.00
E-mail vsuljic@ius.edu.ba
Phone Office / Room No B F1.4
Assistant
E-mail vsuljic@ius.edu.ba
Course Objectives ELIT 101 course aims to introduce the students to the basic terms and concepts related to literature genres which are essential for the students' ability to understand and interpret literary works. The terms and concepts will be defined and explained to the students through sample texts. The students will have an opportunity to discuss and analyse selected texts individually and in small groups during in-class activities, and write analyses in form of essays applying key literary concepts and terminology. The course will improve the students' overall oral, writing and collaborative skills.
Textbook Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama and Writing . Fifth Compact Edition. Kennedy, X. J. & Dana Gioa. London: Pearson. 2007; Course Reader prepared by V.Suljic
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Define different literary genres and subgenres and explain how literature is different from other forms of artistic expression.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of basic literary terms and concepts in relation to poetry, prose and drama
  3. Use appropriate terminology and concepts to discuss literary works as an individual or as part of a team
  4. Write an essay - analysis and interpretation of a particular work of literature using appropriate terminology
  5. Employ acquired knowledge and skills to analyse and interpret previously unseen literary works and communicate what has been learned
Teaching Methods Weekly lectures; in-class discussions and group work; close reading, individual work; student self-assessment and peer evaluation; The course is student-centered and student-production-oriented. The course outline gives space and opportunities to students with different skills and learning styles to study and express their views through writing, speaking, acting or other forms of communication. The professor will be initiating subjects through short lectures, deliver certain topics, guide class activities, monitor continuous progress of the students, determine poems, short stories and plays to be studied, and distribute topics for debate/discussion/presentations. Some general information about poetic forms, figures of speech, elements of fiction or a play is included in the Course Reader; other handouts/articles/video or audio material will be provided when necessary.
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Introduction: the Course outline; literary genres and subgenres; types of fiction and nonfiction; Poetry: Introduction; Course Reader pp.8-13; 14-17
Week 2 Reading a poem; practice; Figures of speech; Imagery; In-class activity Course Reader pp 18; 20-25; Edward Hirsch "Cotton Candy"
Week 3 The sound in poetry; rhythm/meter/foot; Poetic form: the sonnet Poems: Jaguar; Ode to Teachers; Course Reader pp. 25-26
Week 4 Close reading the sonnet: Model analysis; Individual analysis W. Shakespeare: Sonnet 18; Sonnet 60; Course Reader pp. 29-34
Week 5 Poetic form: villanelle Close reading and model analysis D.Thomas "Do not go gentle into that good night" Course Reading pp.27-28, 35-40
Week 6 Assessment Quiz #1; Prose - definitions, subgenres; functions; examples; elements of fiction Course Reader pp.41-48
Week 7 MID-TERM EXAM
Week 8 Writing about fiction; in-class activity - drafting and avoiding pitfalls; recognising main elements of the story; applying appropriate terms and concepts in the interpretation of the story; Short-story analysis Course Reader g pp. 54-63; a short story (by R. Dahl); W.S.Maugham & J.Archer "The Luncheon"
Week 9 Analysis of a short story A Temporary Matter (by J. Lahiri)
Week 10 Drama: introduction; history; modes; main elements of a play; theatrical production The Course Reader pp.62-70
Week 11 Drama and theatre production; structure, setting, the plot summary; characterization "The Tempest" by W. Shakespeare (+ selected scenes); The Course Reader pp. 71-79
Week 12 Drama: themes, linguistic devices; imagery The Tempest; The Course Reader 72; 80-81
Week 13 Drama: comic sub-plots; comic characters; Quiz #2 The Course Reader pp 72 - 75; 77-80
Week 14 Revision; Acting a scene; watching a play to be decided
Week 15 Revision; Progress review. Preparation for final exams
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 40 3,4
Semester Evaluation Compenents
In-class activity 1 10 1,2,3,5
In-term exam 1 20 3,4
Quiz 2 20 1,2
Assignment 1 10 3,4,5
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 15 45 Assignments 4 1 4
Home Study 3 15 45 In-term Exam Study 10 2 20
Quizes 3 2 6 Final Exam Study 10 3 30
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 07/10/2019

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