Form NC:

New Course Proposal






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I. Give complete UMM catalog entry (see instructions).


Engl 3411f. Critical Approaches to Literature. (Hum; 4 cr.; prereq 1131, two from 2201, 2202, 2211, or 2212)

An introduction to the major schools of literary theory and cultural analysis; particular attention to the ways in which the dialogue and debate between these approaches define the discipline of literary criticism.


II. Rationale (see instructions):

Designed to offer advanced students a sophisticated overview of the current state of the goals of literary scholarship. An elective for those interested in learning the philosophical underpinnings of the discipline, it will be particularly useful for those students who are considering graduate study in English.


III. Other Course Information

First semester to be offered:

Fall 2003

Principal Faculty Sponsor(s):

Bradley Deane, Gretchen Murphy

Is course repeatable? (if yes, give max cr)


To what quarter course(s) does this correspond?


Course Type (choose one from instruction sheet):



Course requires:(check all that apply):


Laboratory sections


Recitation/discussion sections

IV. Assessment Information

Please state clearly and briefly the GOALS of this course.


To help students explore the current philosophical and methodological approaches to literature, to develop their interpretive reading and writing skills, and to teach them to read with accuracy and understanding complex literary and critical texts.


How will you ASSESS the success of this course in achieving the GOALS described above?


Students will write several extended essays throughout the semester analyzing literary texts from a variety of philosophical perspectives. Students will engage in a research project designed to teach them how to explore the current scholarly conversations about their chosen topic. We will assess the ability of students to render complex arguments about the subject matter orally and on paper.


V. GER Exception Request

If no GER category is being designated for this course, give rationale for exception:


VI. Honors Rationale

If an Honors course, please outline how your proposed course will fit the Honors Program guidelines.