Literature of the Pacific Northwest
Course Number: ENG 214
Transcript Title: Lit of the Pacific Northwest
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 6, 2017
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0
Prerequisite / Concurrent
Examines fictional, non-fictional, and poetic works by Northwest writers. Emphasizes relationship between Northwest writing and Northwest social, cultural and physical environments. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Draw on textual evidence, Northwest physical environments and cultures to convincingly establish there is a literature of the Pacific Northwest.
- Identify and explain themes and issues prevalent in Northwest literature
- Write clear, focused, coherent essays about literature for an academic audience, using standard English conventions of grammar and style.
Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes
|In-depth||1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)|
|2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)|
|3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)|
|4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)|
|5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)|
Outcome Assessment Strategies
- Discussion forums
- Mini Essays
- Final Essay
Course Activities and Design
This online course has 11 modules, each of which includes a lecture, a discussion forum, and a self-assessment. Students write mini essays in selected weeks and a final essay at the end of term.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
This course examines the question, Is there a literature of the PNW, distinct and unique from literatures of other regions? Through this question, we examine the characters, themes, issues and styles of PNW fiction, non-fiction and poetry. We examine the physical, cultural and social environments that have given rise to this literature. We learn skills of literary analysis in both verbal and written forms.