Department of English

DEPARTMENT OF

English Language and Literature

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​Class Levels, Class Sizes, and Course Work

 

Class Levels

The Department of English Language and Literature offers undergraduate courses at four different levels:

  • 100-level lecture courses
  • 200-level lecture courses
  • 300-level small lecture courses
  • 400-level seminar courses

Students registered in an English Major Plan or an English Medial Plan take courses at all four levels; students registered in an English Minor Plan generally take courses only at the 100 and 200 levels.

 

Class Sizes

Class sizes in the Department of English Language and Literature vary from year to year and from course to course.

  • 100-Level Courses: ENGL 100 is taught in lecture sections of approximately 200 to 400 students, but every third class meeting is a tutorial section of no more than 30 students. Tutorials are led by senior doctoral students, who are also available for consultation about the writing process.
  • 200-Level Courses: The Department’s 200-level courses range in size from approximately 30 to 100 students. All students registered in an English Plan take ENGL 200, a required lecture course in the History of Literature in English, which has an enrolment of approximately 100 students. Students enrolled in a Major or Medial Plan are also required to take a second-year core seminar, ENGL 290, which has with an enrolment of approximately than 30 students. ENGL 290 develops students’ writing abilities and also introduces the basic research tools of literary studies. All other courses at the 200 level are taught as lecture courses with an enrolment of approximately 100 students. Most instructors devote some class time to discussion in these lecture courses; teaching assistants help with grading and teaching, and also meet with students about their writing. These non-required 200-level courses are subdivided into broad surveys (e.g., Canadian literature, the Romantics, Postcolonial literature, etc.), as well as courses devoted to authors in context, issues and themes, and theory and criticism.
  • 300-Level Courses: The Department’s 300-level courses are designed as small lecture courses, with an enrolment of approximately 60 students. These courses are primarily devoted to ensuring that students enrolled in a Major or Medial Plan receive broad historical coverage in English-language literatures. Courses offered at the 300-level are divided into three Groups: Group 1 (covering pre-1800 literature), Group 2 (covering 1780-1920 literature), and Group 3 (covering post-1900 literature). Students in a Major Plan take one year-long course in each of these Groups, while students in a Medial Plan take two.
  • 400-Level Courses: The Department’s 400-level courses are designed as specialized seminars. Enrolment is kept low to facilitate active discussion. The maximum enrolment for these courses is usually 25 students. All grading and teaching in these courses is done by the instructor.

 

 

Course Work

Course work in the Department of English Language and Literature also varies from year to year and from course to course.

  • 100-Level Courses: In 100-level courses, the assignments normally total approximately 4,000 words. Instructors usually assign five or six short essays to maximize the variety of exercises and to allow room for improvement, or three or four short essays and one longer essay to prepare students for longer second- and third-year assignments.
  • 200-Level Courses: In 200-level, single-term courses, there is ordinarily one or two essays totalling 2,000 to 2,500 words. In 200- level, full-year courses, the essays usually total 4,000 to 5,000 words. The usual pattern in these courses is either one essay of 2,000 to 2,500 words each term, or two shorter essays in the first term and one longer essay second term.
  • 300-Level Courses: In 300-level, full-year courses, the essays usually total 4,000 to 5,000 words. The usual pattern in these courses is either one essay of 2,000 to 2,500 words each term, or two shorter essays in the first term and one longer essay second term.
  • 400-Level Courses: In 400-level courses, there is ordinarily one or two essays totalling 2,500 to 3,000 words. Instructors in 400-level courses also assign individual and/or group seminar presentations.

 

In addition to essays, instructors of courses at all levels also assign final examinations, tests, quizzes, and/or short writing assignments to supplement the essays described above.