LITR264 Themes in Literature - Religion

Department of Language & Literature: Literature

I. Course Number and Title
LITR264 Themes in Literature - Religion
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
The Department of Language and Literature has determined that all literature courses are writing-intensive and that students must write a minimum of 2500 words in formal writing assignments.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course explores the connection between religious belief and literary expression, including poetry, novels, drama, and essays. Study of classic religious and literary texts from around the world will focus on both formal and thematic patterns to help students understand the varieties of religious experience and deepen their sense of literature.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    Drawing from world literature and religion, the course will guide students to see the relationship between spiritual and religious belief and literary expression.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. To help students to appreciate their links with the past and to recognize how myth and religion function in life, as well as how they underlie literature
    2. To enable students to recognize biblical and mythical allusion in literature and to see beyond the "surface meaning" of a literary work.
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Poems, essays, and works of fiction or drama selected should reflect a range of times and cultures, as stipulated by instructor; see course format. Selections may include Biblical accounts, passages from various sacred tests, and works of recognized authors, such as Sophocles, Basho, Dante, Wordsworth, Hesse, Kafka, and others.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Methods include but are not limited to the following:
  1. Lectures
  2. Class discussion
  3. Peer groups
  4. Audio-visual resources
  5. Guest speakers

Review/Approval Date -3/99