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English 310: Short Stories
December 2012 – Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: delineate the characteristics of the major genres for the short story and support those definitions with specific illustrations from appropriate texts; explain the significance of selected short stories in the context of their historic, social, and political period; evaluate the multicultural perspectives and concerns of the short story in relation to race, gender, age, class, and religion; measure advanced critical thinking skills, including: evaluate key concepts, apply these concepts appropriately, analyze phenomena, evaluate and justify positions; and deliver clear written communication that informs and engages the audience.
The course is self-paced, and instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes and a proctored final exam. Topics include: short stories, short story analysis, historical precursors to the short story, 19th-century romantic short stories, 19th-Century Russian realism in short stories, 19th-Century British short stories, 19th and early 20th-Century American naturalist short stories, early 20th-Century feminist short stories, post-WWI short stories, literary modernist short stories, short stories in multicultural literature, and short stories in postcolonial literature.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in English or as a general elective (12/17).