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POST-INTRODUCTORY COURSES (BLOCK A)

To complete the English course requirements for a DEC, each student must complete THREE post-introductory courses: one from the Literary Genres, 603-102, category; one from the Literary Themes, 603-103, category; and one from the English for Programs, 603-HS, category.

These three courses may be taken in any sequence. Students should follow the sequence presented in their program grid.

603-102: LITERARY GENRES

These courses focus on one or more of the basic literary genres: fiction, drama, poetry and the essay.

Different types of Literary Genres courses that have been offered in the department include courses on Shakespeare, modern poetry, the memoir, the novel, Gothic literature, the short story, detective fiction and science fiction, to name a few.

Students in Literary Genres courses will continue to develop the analytical reading, organizational and expression skills introduced to students in 603-101 courses.

To succeed in this course, students must complete the course readings and assignments, including the final analytical essay of at least 1000 words. This final essay should demonstrate knowledge of the major literary elements, formal characteristics and literary and rhetorical devices of the text(s) being analyzed. This essay should also demonstrate use of appropriate terminology and thorough revision of form and content.

603-103: Literary Themes

These courses focus on one or more major themes or ideas in the literary works under examination.

Different types of Literary Themes courses that have been offered in the English Department include courses on Holocaust literature, the vampire myth, an Introduction to Romanticism, themes in African-American literature, the irrational in Canadian literature, the American Dream, and the British imagination, among many others.

As with Literary Genres courses, students in the Literary Themes course will continue to develop the analytical reading, organizational and expression skills introduced to students in 603-101 courses.

To succeed in this course, students must complete the course readings and assignments, including the final analytical essay of at least 1000 words. This essay should demonstrate knowledge of the major literary themes, formal elements and literary and rhetorical devices of the text(s) being analyzed. This essay should also demonstrate use of appropriate terminology and thorough revision of form and content.

POST-INTRODUCTORY COURSES (BLOCK B)

NOTE: Students should select a Block B course from one of the categories intended for their programs. The Block B course can be taken any time after completion of 603-101-32, 603-101-31 or 603-101-30. Students should follow their program grids when selecting English courses.

603-HSA: English and the Business Milieu

This course is directed to students in the following Career and Technology programs: Office Systems Technology, Computer Science, and Business Administration.

Because most students in this grouping are going to be working in some type of business environment, some course work directed toward developing basic writing skills and abilities suitable for this environment is often covered in this course. This may include work on summary writing, memo and report writing, resume and letter of intent construction, and so forth.

At the same time, 603-HSA courses will also continue to develop literary analysis skills and will involve writing critically about some literary works. Most 603-HSA courses include a summative major assignment which is either a research paper of at least 1000 words or a more fully developed and detailed business report or writing project of equivalent length.

603-HSB: English and the Care-Giving Milieu

This course is directed to students in the following Career and Technology programs: Nursing, Respiratory & Anesthesia Technology, Special Care Counseling and Early Childhood Education.

The 603-HSB courses continue with helping students develop college level reading and writing skills through a range of reading and writing activities, which may include summaries and reading responses, journals, practice introduction and body paragraphs, research activities and longer writing assignments.

Reading texts often include literary works selected by the teacher and dealing with issues or themes related to care giving professions. All 603-HSB courses will include some continuation of the development of literary analysis skills and writing critically about literary works. The 603-HSB course also will also include a summative major reading and writing assignment, which is usually a research paper of at least 1000 words.

603-HSD: English and the Scientific and Technological Milieu

This course is directed to students in the following Pre-University and Career and Technology programs: Pure and Applied Science, Health Science, Animal Health, Environmental and Wildlife Management, Industrial Electronics, Computerized Systems Technology, Architectural Technology, and Building Systems Engineering Technology.

The 603-HSD courses will help students further develop college level reading and writing skills through a range of reading and writing activities, which may include summaries and reading responses, journals, practice introduction and body paragraphs, research activities and longer writing assignments.

Reading texts will include literary works selected by the teacher and dealing with issues or themes related to the sciences and technologies.

All 603-HSD courses will include some continuation of the development of literary analysis skills and writing critically about literary works. The 603-HSB course will include a summative major reading and writing assignment, which is usually a research paper of at least 1000 words.

603-HSE: English and the Social Science, Commerce and Creative Milieu

This course is directed to students in the following Pre-University and Career and Technology programs: Social Science, Commerce, Communications, Modern Languages and Music.

In 603-HSE courses, students will continue to develop their reading and writing skills through in- and out-of-class activities, which may include summaries and reading responses, journals, practice introduction and body paragraphs, research activities and longer writing assignments.

Reading texts will include literary works selected by the teacher and dealing with issues or themes related to the social sciences and other programs grouped into this course.

Some 603-HSE courses are reserved for specific “majors” programs in Social Science, such as child studies majors, law and society majors and international business majors, and will have reading texts which relate to the major and focus of the course.

All 603-HSE courses will include some continuation of the development of literary analysis skills and writing critically about literary works. The 603-HSE course will also include a summative major reading and writing assignment, which is usually a research paper of at least 1000 words.

603-HSF: Liberal Arts and International Baccalaureate Block B English Courses

These are two specialized Block B courses and are only open to students in these two programs.

It should be noted that there are also specialized and separate courses for these students in the 603-101, 102 and 103 course groups.

Each of these courses has a specific curriculum as defined, developed and required by the Liberal Arts and International Baccalaureate programs.

At the same time, the basic requirements which need to be followed for all Block B English courses will be meet in the 603-HSF courses, including a summative major reading and writing assignment, which is usually a research paper or analysis essay of at least 1000 words.

For more information on what courses are offered this semester and brief descriptions of the individual post-introductory English courses, click on the course titles for the English courses offered under the current semester Vanier Course Schedule.