History of Literature in English - Online english courses | Arts and Science ONLINE

History of Literature in English

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ENGL 200/6.0

An historical survey of literature from the British Isles and beyond. Through the study of representative works, the course aims to familiarize students with the characteristics of literary periods from the Middle Ages to the present.

Please note: This course is typically offered in the fall and/or winter term

Learning Outcomes

After completing English 200, The History of Literature in English, the student will be able to:

  • identify and describe key authors and texts in the history of literature in English from the Middle Ages to the present, and identify major genres and literary techniques that have influenced the development of literature in English;
  • recognize the characteristics of the major periods of English literature and of the literary movements associated with each period;
  • analyze the role of social and historical contexts in the production, reception and transmission of literature in English;
  • explain the historical development of the English language from its origins in Britain to its contemporary role as a global language;
  • demonstrate a capacity for sustained and logical argument that builds on textual evidence and manifests itself in a variety of written forms;
  • apply critical thinking skills to a variety of written forms including peers’ responses to reflect and evaluate information.


Fall-Winter 2020-2021
Course Dates: 
Sept. 8, 2020 - Apr 9, 2021
Exam Dates: 
April 14 - 30, 2020


20% - Essay 1
14% - Research Assignment
20% - Essay 2
16% - Interaction Participation Questions (x4)
30% - Proctored Final Exam

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Final Examination

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.


Leslie Ritchie (leslie.ritchie@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend on average, about 18 - 20 hours per week (240 hours per term) on the course.

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Computer Requirements

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System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


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