Course Description

This course introduces themes in literature and provides guided study and practice in reflecting on themes which describe the human experience across cultural and societal boundaries. The course includes readings from literature in different genres and cultures. Students study the literature in thematic units and are asked to make connections to their own lives and cultures.

This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.

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Course Objectives

Literature in Society

  • Elements of Literature—Stories
    • Explain writer’s strategies for conveying ideas through stories.
    • Describe the theme of a story.
  • Active and Responsive Reading
    • Demonstrate what it means to be an active, responsive reader.

Elements of Literature—Poetry

  • Explain how literary conventions and poetic devices help convey the meaning of a poem.
  • Explain the role of the imagination in writing and reading poetry.

Elements of Literature—Drama

  • Explain the literary conventions and devices of drama.
  • Determine how playwrights and readers create meaning in drama.
  • Explain the role of the imagination in writing and reading drama.

Elements of Literature—Nonfiction

  • Explain the literary conventions and devices of nonfiction.
  • Determine how authors and readers create meaning in nonfiction.
  • Explain the role of the imagination in writing and reading nonfiction.

Comparing Literature

  • Draw connections among conventions and devices used in literary genres.


A prerequisite is required for this course. The purpose of a prerequisite is to ensure students have the knowledge and/or skills needed to be successful in the course. Students are required to provide proof of prerequisite during the enrollment/registration process. To meet to a course prerequisite requirement, a student must have successfully completed the prerequisite course at University of Phoenix, provide proof via transcript of completing a comparable course (at least 75% match) or higher level course with at least a grade of C at another institution or have a University of Phoenix approved Student Appeal on file with the University.

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Required Materaials

Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, Books ala Carte Edition*MLA Update* (13th update Edition) - ISBN: 9780134582481

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