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ENG601 Introduction to english-language literature, history and culture

Course description for academic year 2024/2025

Contents and structure

English-speaking literature with history and culture 1 introduces students to a range of primarily British and American literary texts and other cultural products from the 19th to the 21st century. Students learn how to analyse and approach this material critically, and how to present and discuss it, both orally and in writing.

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of the course, the student should have the following overall learning outcomes:


The student

  • has knowledge of English-speaking literature and other cultural expressions from the 19th to the 21st century, mostly from Britain and the USA, with their historical and societal contexts of production and reception.
  • has knowledge of literary genres and their features
  • has knowledge of literary devices
  • has knowledge of norms for oral presentation and discussion, and responsible and critical use of source material


The student

  • is able to identify various literary devices in the texts and analyse English-speaking literature and other cultural expressions
  • is able to approach English-speaking literature critically
  • is able to place and discuss various literary texts in their contexts
  • is able to use English orally and in writing according to topic, context and recipient, including in academic texts

General competence

The student

  • has the ability to plan and carry out individual assignments in accordance with ethical requirements and principles, and articulate ideas and standpoints both orally and in writing.
  • has the ability to communicate orally and written in English according to topic, context and recipient, including in academic texts

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

Good command of English from upper secondary school/high school.

Teaching methods

This is a fully online course, and the course is divided into four modules, with varied teaching and learning activities. Most of the learning activities are asynchronous, while some sessions of discussion, cooperation and student activity are synchronous. Examples include lectures and group lectures, group work via online conferences and discussion forum, digital learning resources and tasks, written and oral assignments, supervision and student organised study groups, and independent studies.

Compulsory learning activities

The following mandatory learning activities must be approved for the student to qualify for the exam:

  • Portfolio assessment with 4 components

The learning activities must be completed by the specified deadlines.


Individual digital oral exam, 30 minutes.

Grading scale: A-F, where F corresponds to fail.

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