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 Course Title:   Intro to Fiction: D

 Title Abbreviation:   INTRO TO FICTION: D

 Department:    ENGL&

 Course #:    112

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    230801

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014


 Course Description  

The study of the formal strategies of novels and shorter fictional works. Course includes written and oral analysis of selected works.

 Prerequisite  

None

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Humanities  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU Not evaluated
OTHER Transfers as GUR at 3 BIS
U of W T 242
WSU T
WWU T

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Recognize the way in which discussions of fiction as an art fit into the larger history of literature in general
  2. Recognize the variety of narrative and non-narrative strategies used by writers of fiction
  3. Recognize some of the assumptions which readers and critics of fiction bring to texts
  4. Begin to develop their own set of assumptions and mode of inquiry for reading fiction
  5. Use those to develop critical analyses of fiction works
  6. Actively listen to different perspectives, cultures, and values and articulate those
  7. Demonstrate the ability to apply another perspective

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.3 Identify and evaluate the relationships among different perspectives within a field of study and among different fields of study.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.
3.4 Produce academic and/or professional writing and integrate it into written and spoken projects.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and issues associated with the diverse perspectives of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and culture.
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.

7. Aesthetics & Creativity

Definition: Interpreting human experience through engagement with creative processes and aesthetic principles.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
7.2 Demonstrate knowledge of aesthetic principles.
7.3 Use knowledge of creative processes and aesthetic principles to understand humans and the world around them.
7.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the role of arts and creative expression in societies.

Course Contents

  1. General history of fiction as an art and popular form
  2. Relationship of historical periods to ways in which fiction is read
  3. Different approaches to reading (close reading, psychoanalytic and social context, etc.)
  4. Fictive techniques (the relation of story and plot structure, authorial presence and narrative voice, stylistic devices, narrative and non-narrative form, etc.)
  5. The role of readers in fiction
  6. Ways to write an analysis of work of fiction