This course introduces literary genres that reflect the human experience across cultures. Past and present voices from the literature of majority and minority writers, as expressed in fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction, are surveyed. Students analyze literal and symbolic meanings in texts, and examine the elements and conventions of each literary genre. Students think critically, recognize instances of stereotyping and make connections between the literature and their lives.
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.
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Topics and Objectives
- Define the literary genre of nonfiction.
- Describe the elements and conventions of nonfiction.
- Analyze how literal and symbolic meanings are communicated in nonfiction by different cultures.
- Analyze how the genre of nonfiction addresses the human experience across cultures.
- Define the genre of fiction.
- Describe the elements and conventions of fiction.
- Analyze how literal and symbolic meanings are communicated in fiction from different cultures.
- Analyze how the genre of fiction addresses the human experience across cultures.
- Define the genre of drama.
- Describe the elements and conventions of drama.
- Analyze how literal and symbolic meanings are communicated in drama from different cultures.
- Analyze how the genre of drama addresses the human experience across cultures.
- Define the genre of poetry.
- Describe the elements and conventions of poetry.
- Analyze how literal and symbolic meanings are communicated in poetry from different cultures.
- Analyze how the genre of poetry addresses the human experience across cultures.
Comparison of Literary Genres
- Analyze the similarities and differences among the elements and conventions of the four literary genres covered in this course.
- Compare and contrast how literary works from different genres address specific literary themes.
- Articulate the possible connections between literature, culture, and students' individual perspectives.
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.
This course requires the prerequisite below. Click on the prerequisite course to review the course topics and objectives.
- ENG/100 – Critical Reading and Composition OR
- a minimum of 3 college credits of College Composition
During the checkout process you will be prompted to provide proof of the requirement(s). If you completed the prerequisite at another institution be prepared to upload an official/unofficial transcript. If you have questions about meeting the prerequisite requirements for this course please contact an enrollment representative at 888-484-1815.
This course requires the student to purchase the following materials:
Legacies: Fiction, Peotry, Drama, Nonfiction. (5th ed.), ISBN: 9780495898030
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