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Prerequisites for University Study of English

Some ENGL 4000 level courses have specific prerequisites stated in the appropriate calendar entry. Otherwise, the following general rules apply:

  • Since University study of English literature begins at the 1000 level students should not normally register for ENGL courses at the 2000 or 3000 level without having successfully completed 1.0 unit of ENGL at the introductory (1000) level. 
  • Students may register for a 2000 level ENGL course without having completed 1.0 unit of ENGL at the introductory (1000) level, as long as they have successfully completed 5.0 units of university credit.
  • Students are advised to complete ENGL 2201 and ENGL 2202 before taking 3000 or 4000 level ENGL courses. No one should attempt a 4000 level ENGL course without having completed 1.0 unit of ENGL at the 2000 level or above.
  •  Students who have registered inappropriately will be required to withdraw.
  •  Prerequisites for ENGL/WRIT and WRIT courses are listed in the calendar descriptions below.

The Department of English does not accept Challenge for Credit.

Courses

WRIT 1120

Writing Theory and Practice0.5 unit
Note: A writing exercise will be assigned in the first class. Students whose performance is judged inadequate will be strongly recommended to withdraw from the course.
An introduction to writing studies. While working on a number of assignments students will use writing to explore ideas and will draft, revise, and edit texts as appropriate to various rhetorical situations.  Academic research, scholarly documentation, and issues of academic integrity will be addressed. Note: This course may not be counted towards the English major or the English minor. Limited enrolment. 

ENGL 1155
Introduction to Literature: Gender and Form

1.0 unit
An introduction to the critical study of the major forms of fiction, poetry, and drama, using examples from the time of Chaucer to the present day. Readings will include a balance of female and male writers, and a special focus for discussion will be representations of gender. Note: Students who have received credit for ENGL 1170 and 1171 may not take this course for credit. This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing. (Also listed under Women's Studies)

ENGL 1170
Introduction to Literature: Reading Literary Forms

0.5 unit
An introduction to the terms and methods of literary analysis. Through reading, thinking about, and discussing literary works, students will acquire the skills needed to write about them effectively. Note: Students who have received credit for ENGL 1155 may not take this course for credit. This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 1171
Introduction to Literature: Reading Historically

0.5 unit
An examination of the problems involved in interpreting literature of ages other than our own. By identifying the preconceptions of historical periods from the Middle Ages to the present moment, students assess how these preconceptions affect interpretation. It is recommended that students take ENGL 1170 before ENGL 1171. Note: Students who have received credit for ENGL 1155 may not take this course for credit. This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 2201
Shakespeare

1.0 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of Shakespeare’s plays, showing his development as a dramatist and the changes in the specific genres of history, comedy, tragedy, and romance. Particular attention will be given to the plays’ socio-political context, and to the practice and implications of stage performance. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing. 

ENGL 2202
Introduction to Critical Methods

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
An introduction to the major schools and methods of contemporary literary criticism. In addition to reading selected works of literary theory, we will read representative literary texts through a variety of critical lenses. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 2205
Introduction to Literature for Children and Young Adults

1.0 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A critical study of the forms and content commonly found in children’s literature. The origins of children’s literature in folk forms such as myth, fable, and fairy tale are explored, and selected classic, modern, and contemporary works are studied. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 2213
Contemporary Film

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
An introduction to the basic techniques of the film art through a study of a wide range of contemporary films. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 2216

Drama

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of drama from a range of historical periods and nationalities, this course stresses the relation between text and performance. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing. 

ENGL 2220/WRIT 2220
Writing to Influence

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: completion of 5.0 units of university credit or WRIT 1120
An advanced study of the theory and practice of writing, with particular attention to what makes writing effective and persuasive both professionally and personally. The ethics of authority and influence are also examined. Note: Limited enrolment. Students may not take both ENGL/WRIT 2220 and PBRL 3012 for credit.

ENGL 2221/WRIT 2221
Creative Writing

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: 0.5 unit of ENGL at the 1000 level or permission of the instructor
A study of lyric and narrative thinking via specific writing assignments in poetry, fiction, and/or nonfiction, in a workshop environment. Reading and written discussion of (and visits by) contemporary writers is central to the course, with peer-reviewed literary journals drawn on as texts and to establish standards. Note: Limited enrolment.

WRIT 2222
Introduction to Editing

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: completion of 5.0 units of university credit including WRIT 1120 or permission of the instructor
An introduction through workshops and case studies to the history and practice of text editing, from manuscript analysis, structural and stylistic issues to copy editing and proofing galleys, in a range of genres: literary, scholarly, scientific, and popular. Students will have access to manuscripts and editing professionals. Based on the Professional Editorial Standards of the Editors’ Association of Canada. Limited enrolment. Note: This course may not be counted toward the English major or the English minor.

ENGL 2242
Themes in Women’s Writing

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of a specific theme in women’s writing from a range of historical periods, including texts prior to 1800. Note: Students who have received credit for ENGL 2240 or ENGL 2241 may not take this course for credit. This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing. (Also listed under Women’s Studies)

ENGL 2250
Canadian Poetry

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
An introduction to English Canadian poetry beginning with the colonial period and concluding with contemporary works. The course will emphasize twentieth-century poets, particularly those writing after World War II when Canadian poetry came of age. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing. (Also listed under Canadian Studies)

ENGL 2251
Canadian Fiction

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
An introduction to Canadian fiction, the short story, and the novel, from colonial times until the present. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing. (Also listed under Canadian Studies)

ENGL 2260
Poetry

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of poetic techniques and genres, with an opportunity to become acquainted with contemporary experimentations and to examine the development of one poet’s work. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 2261
Short Fiction

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
An exploration of the nature of fiction based on the study of a wide range of short stories and novellas. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 2262
Science Fiction

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of the development of science fiction, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to the present day, and the ways in which the genre reflects the hopes, fears, and anxieties aroused by social and technological change. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 2263
Detective Fiction

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of detective fiction as it has developed from its genteel English and hard-boiled American origins into a form able to embrace serious social analysis, feminist perspectives and post-modernist poetics. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 2270
Classical Traditions

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of various examples of pre-modern literatures in translation and their influence in the English tradition. Topics may vary from year to year and may extend beyond classical Greek and Latin texts to include biblical or mediaeval European texts. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 3300
Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature

1.0 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of drama, poetry, fiction and non-fiction written by women and men from the Restoration to the French Revolution. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 3305
Children’s Literature

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
The study of a particular topic in literature for children and/or adolescents. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 3307
Romanticism and the Gothic

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of the major authors of Romanticism’s “first generation,” including Blake, Wordsworth, and Coleridge, and their definitions of such concepts as “nature,” “imagination,” and “revolution.” We will look as well at feminist and Gothic challenges to these concepts. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 3308
Romantic Revisions

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of the “second generation” Romantics’ response to the principles of Romantic imagination, nature, and domesticity. Authors studied may include Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley, Keats, Letitia Landon, and Felicia Hemans. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 3313
Modern and Contemporary Drama

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of theatre from the end of the nineteenth century to the present. Plays from a variety of countries will be examined in the context of theoretical debates about the nature of theatre, as well as new production techniques. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 3319
Modern Poetry to 1945

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of the major movements in American and British poetry in the first part of this century, with particular emphasis on Imagism and the Modernist movement. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 3327
Victorian Literature

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
An examination of a particular theme or topic in Victorian literature, explored in a range of texts and literary forms, including poetry, fiction, and non-fiction (including life-writing). Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 3330/WRIT 3330
Myths and Theories about Writing

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: ENGL 1170 and 1171 or ENGL 1155 or WRIT 1120 and one of ENGL/WRIT 2220, ENGL/WRIT 2221 or WRIT 2222
An examination of attempts to explain where ideas come from and how writing is accomplished, focusing on the social theory of writing, contemporary research, and ongoing issues and debates. Of interest to anyone who writes, this course provides a framework particularly important for potential teachers, editors and critics.

WRIT 3331
Studies in Writing I

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
An advanced course dealing with a special topic in writing, such as advanced editing, manuscript study, advanced creative writing, or rhetoric. Note: Limited enrolment. This course may not be counted towards the English major or the English minor.

WRIT 3332
Studies in Writing II

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
An advanced course dealing with a special topic in writing, such as advanced editing, manuscript study, advanced creative writing, or rhetoric. Note: Limited enrolment. This course may not be counted towards the English major or the English minor.

ENGL 3342
Modern Fiction

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of the main developments in British and American fiction during the Modernist period (1900-1945). Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 3346
Contemporary Literature

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of literature written in English, as well as influential work in translation, from 1945 to the present. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 3352
American Literature 1776-1900

1.0 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of the evolution of a national literature in the United States from the Declaration of Independence to 1900. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 3354
Issues in Modern Canadian Literature and Theory

1.0 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
An in-depth and sustained study of a single issue in modern Canadian literature and theory. The course covers the theoretical debates surrounding that issue and the reactions to and developments surrounding that debate in Canadian literature. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing. (Also listed under Canadian Studies)

ENGL 3355
Sixteenth-Century Literature

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of the poetry and prose of sixteenth-century England. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 3356
Seventeenth-Century Literature

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of the poetry and prose of seventeenth-century England with a special emphasis on Milton. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 3361
Old English Literature

1.0 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of the literature of the Anglo-Saxon period in both Old English and in translation, including elegies, songs, allegories, and heroic narratives such as Beowulf. The course also will explore the aesthetics of translation and will examine the ideological assumptions underlying Anglo-Saxon studies. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 3363
Feminisms and their Literatures

1.0 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A cross-cultural survey of women’s writings from 1970 to the present. This course will examine feminism as a plurality and its activity as an international literary movement. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing. (Also listed under Women's Studies)

ENGL 3364
Shakespeare's Contemporaries

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of plays written by Shakespeare’s contemporaries, including Marlowe, Jonson, Middleton, and Webster. Particular attention will be given to developments in English drama during the period and to the relationship of the plays to their socio-political context. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 3365
The Eighteenth-Century British Novel

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of the early development of the British novel. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 3366
The Nineteenth-Century British Novel

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of the development of the British novel in the nineteenth century. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 3376
Medieval Literature

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of a particular theme or genre in Middle English literature. Possible topics may include romances, mystical writings, saints' lives, or epics and legends in authors such as Geoffrey Chaucer, William Langland, the Gawain-poet, or Margery Kempe. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

COMM 3512/WRIT 3512
Scientific Writing  

0.5 unit
Prerequisites: 0.5 unit of writing courses (PBRL and/or WRIT) and 0.5 unit from Core A – Sciences and Mathematics and 0.5 unit from Core C – Humanities OR permission of the instructor. In addition, 0.5 unit of writing courses at the 2000 level is recommended.
An examination of writing in science and technology with particular emphasis on the development of high level skills in writing and editing documents for a variety of science and technology audiences. Students will build on their previous writing skills and science background to analyze audience needs and write and edit a variety of communication pieces.

ENGL 4401/WRIT 4401
Special Topic

1.0 unit

ENGL 4405/WRIT 4405
Special Topic

0.5 unit

ENGL 4406/WRIT 4406
Special Topic

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
A course catering to a particular interest of either a faculty member or a group of upper-level students. Course offerings vary, dealing for example with particular authors, genres, theoretical approaches, historical periods or advanced topics in writing. Note: Depending on the topic, this course may be offered only as ENGL or only as WRIT.

ENGL 4407/WOMS 4407/GWGS 6607
Queer Theory

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: 1.0 unit of ENGL at the 2000 or 3000 level or 1.0 unit of WOMS at the 3000 level or permission of the instructor
An examination of recent developments in lesbian and gay cultural criticism. Topics to be covered may include identity politics, camp, psychoanalytic theories of identification, pornography, and the representation of AIDS. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 4408
Critical Theory

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of theoretical works by thinkers from various disciplines and historical periods, who have influenced the ways that we approach and conceive of literature. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 4410/WRIT 4410
Directed Study

1.0 unit

ENGL 4411/WRIT 4411
Directed Study

0.5 unit

ENGL 4412/WRIT 4412
Directed Study

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Written permission
An open course, permitting upper-level students to pursue study in a specific area not accommodated in the regular course program. The student designs the syllabus in consultation with the supervising professor. Students intending to take this course must obtain departmental approval before registration. Note: Depending on the topic, this course may be offered only as ENGL or only as WRIT.

ENGL 4415
Studies in Children’s Literature

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
The advanced study of a particular topic in children’s literature. Note: Students who have received credit for ENGL 3306 may not take this course for credit.

ENGL 4427
Studies in Victorian Culture

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
An examination of a particular topic in the Victorian age, as seen in fiction, non-fiction (including life-writing), popular culture, visual arts and poetry. Note: Students who have received credit for ENGL 3328 may not take this course for credit.

ENGL 4446
Studies in Contemporary Culture

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
An interdisciplinary course relating to contemporary literature to broader cultural concerns. Note: Students who have received credit for ENGL 3348 may not take this course for credit.

ENGL 4454
Studies in Postcolonial Literature and Theory

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
An advanced study of an issue in postcolonial literature and theory. This course will cover the theoretical underpinnings and debates that inform the issue and the ways in which it is explored in literature.

ENGL 4475
Studies in Medievalism

1.0 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A selected topic in medievalism (the study of responses to the Middle Ages in later times), including an examination of the medieval texts that give rise to these responses. Note: This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 4476
Studies in Medieval Culture

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of a particular topic in medieval culture through an examination of medieval literature in an interdisciplinary context which may include the visual arts, manuscript study, or philosophical, medical, legal, or theological texts. Note: Students who have received credit for ENGL 3375 may not take this course for credit. This course may not be counted toward the minor in Writing.

ENGL 4480
Studies in Literature and Film

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Please see Prerequisites for University Study of English above
A study of a particular theme or topic that arises from an examination of the complex relationship that exists between literature and film. Note: Students who have received credit for ENGL 3380 may not take this course for credit.

ENGL 4499
Honours Thesis

1.0 unit
Prerequisite: Written permission
A course intended to give practice in independent research, requiring an extended piece of writing. The student designs a syllabus through prior consultation with the supervising professor.


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