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Literature of the Pacific Northwest

Course Number: ENG 214
Transcript Title: Lit of the Pacific Northwest
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: January 15, 2015
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit


WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Examines fictional, non-fictional, and poetic works by Northwest writers.  Emphasizes relationship between Northwest writing and Northwest social, cultural and physical environments. Prerequisites: RD 115 and WR 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Draw on textual evidence, Northwest physical environments and cultures to convincingly establish there is a literature of the Pacific Northwest.
  2. Identify and explain themes and issues prevalent in Northwest literature
  3. Write clear, focused, coherent essays about literature for an academic audience, using standard English conventions of grammar and style.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Discussion forums
  • Mini Essays
  • Final Essay

Course Activities and Design

This online course has 11 modules, each of which includes a lecture, a discussion forum, and a self-assessment. Students write mini essays in selected weeks and a final essay at the end of term.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

This course examines the question, Is there a literature of the PNW, distinct and unique from literatures of other regions?  Through this question, we examine the characters, themes, issues and styles of PNW fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  We examine the physical, cultural and social environments that have given rise to this literature.  We learn skills of literary analysis in both verbal and written forms.