Learning Goals & Objectives

Student Learning Goal 1

Students will demonstrate an understanding of how literary texts are organized (e.g. by genre, historical development, theme, national/transnational expression).

Students will:
  • Objective A: Demonstrate and understanding of the characteristics of a literary period;
  • Objective B: Place a work in its cultural context;
  • Objective C: Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of a genre.

Student Learning Goal 2

Students will demonstrate an understanding of literary texts as works of art.

Students will:
  • Objective A: Analyze literary works through carefully selected textual example;
  • Objective B: Analyze literary works in terms of literary language or structure;
  • Objective C: Analyze literary works in terms of a larger issues that shapes literary production, such as traditions, artistic movements, or cultural issues.

Student Learning Goal 3

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the role of literary criticism in shaping the meaning and significance of literature.

Students will:
  • Objective A: Incorporate critical sources appropriately into their writing;
  • Objective B: Integrate critical sources effectively into their analysis of literature;
  • Objective C: Situate their interpretation of literature in terms of critical issues or theories.

Student Learning Goal 4

Students will demonstrate writing skills commensurate with the development of a clear thesis, logical organization, appropriate use of evidence, and command of English grammar and usage.

Students will: 
  • Objective A:   Students will demonstrate the ability to introduce a literary topic and assert a thesis;
  • Objective B:    Students will demonstrate the ability to use evidence to make a point about literature;
  • Objective C:    Students will demonstrate the ability to develop an argument about literature with coherent paragraphs;
  • Objective D:   Students will demonstrate the ability to develop an argument about literature with a logical overall structure;
  • Objective E:    Students will demonstrate the proper use of grammar and punctuation, as well as versatility with vocabulary and sentence structure.