The course enables students to avail the prospect of increasing their expertise of research and a chance to get acquainted with English literature.
It aims to contribute to the professional development of students by acquiring an understanding of English teaching and learning in specific academic and professional contexts.
Studying literature at Silver Oak University, involves the development of sophisticated reading skills and of an ability to place literary texts in their wider intellectual and historical contexts. It also requires you to consider the critical processes by which you analyse and judge, to learn about literary form and technique, to evaluate various approaches to literary criticism and theory, and to study the development of the English language. The English Language and Literature course at SOU is one of the broadest in the country, giving you the chance to study writing in English from its origins in Anglo-Saxon England to the present. As well as British literature, you can study works written in English from other parts of the world, and some originally written in other languages, allowing you to think about literature in English in multilingual and global contexts across time.
In your first year you will be introduced to the conceptual and technical tools used in the study of language and literature, and to a wide range of different critical approaches. At the same time, you will be doing tutorial work on early medieval literature, Victorian literature and literature from 1910 to the present.
In your second and third years you will extend your study of English literary history in four more period papers ranging from late medieval literature to Romanticism
As a part of this exploration, students engage in mindful and critical reflection on a wide range of themes, concepts, and ideologies inherent to the study of English. Students develop responses to literature, demonstrating academic learning as well as social awareness and cross-cultural perspectives. The program’s approach to English supports the intellectual and personal development of its students, challenging them to engage in self-reflection through the study of English.
Educate students in both the artistry and utility of the English language through the study of literature and other contemporary forms of culture.
Provide students with the critical faculties necessary in an academic environment, on the job, and in an increasingly complex, interdependent world.
Graduate students who are capable of performing research, analysis, and criticism of literary and cultural texts from different historical periods and genres.
Assist students in the development of intellectual flexibility, creativity, and cultural literacy so that they may engage in life-long learning.
Students should be familiar with representative literary and cultural texts within a significant number of historical, geographical, and cultural contexts.
Students should be able to apply critical and theoretical approaches to the reading and analysis of literary and cultural texts in multiple genres.
Students should be able to identify, analyse, interpret and describe the critical ideas, values, and themes that appear in literary and cultural texts and understand the way these ideas, values, and themes inform and impact culture and society, both now and in the past
Students should be able to write analytically in a variety of formats, including essays, research papers, reflective writing, and critical reviews of secondary sources.
Students should be able to ethically gather, understand, evaluate and synthesize information from a variety of written and electronic sources.
Students should be proficient in oral communication and writing.