English Literature

BAAS Course Block in English Literature

About the English Literature course block

Whether you take a deep dive into the writing of a particular context or sample a broad selection of representative literary texts and ideas, the English Literature course block allows you to apply your love of reading, thinking, and writing to enhance your critical, analytical, and communication skills. By exploring the transformative voices of past and current authors, you refine and enhance your ability to interpret, analyze, and express your own ideas as well as key literary concepts.

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree courses in the English Literature course block are offered on an accelerated (8-week) schedule. Courses in the block are largely asynchronous with some optional synchronous sessions to be scheduled by the instructors.

All Penn LPS Online courses offer academic credit.*

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.

The English Literature course block prepares you to:

  • Understand how text conveys meaning across a variety of literary genres and styles
  • Analyze literary texts with attention to their historical and cultural context
  • Learn how to read and interpret multiple genres of literature—poetry, performance texts, prose fiction
  • Understand how to conduct literary analysis through the application of literary theory
  • Read and analyze critical essays, and write your own persuasive critical essays through a process of draft and revision
  • Explore the history of English literature, from medieval texts through 21st-century works
  • Understand the diversity of literary culture and experience through a range of perspectives, such as linguistic, ethnic, gendered, geographical, socioeconomic, historical, or sexual

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