English Literature and the Canon: Tradition and Innovation

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 5EN160

Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
English G2F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 3 February 2016
Responsible department
Department of English

Entry requirements

English A1 and English B1

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the component students will be able to

  • demonstrate insight into the 19th-century novel and selected modernist literary works
  • demonstrate a good knowledge of literary genres
  • demonstrate insight into various perspectives in literary theory
  • demonstrate a knowledge of critical perspectives such as gender theory and post-colonialism
  • be able to apply an academic approach to primary and secondary literature
  • be able to present a literary analysis orally and in writing with greater independence and with greater linguistic correctness
  • be able to actively and independently participate in seminar discussions.


The component analyses selected English literary works with the emphasis on the 19th-century novel and various modernist genres. The influence and reflection of social developments in literature are addressed, as are the perspectives of cultural and literary history. Basic concepts and methods of literary criticism are applied.


Group instruction. Teaching, class discussions and examination are in English. All teaching material is in English. Active participation in course seminars is obligatory. In cases of absence students will be given the opportunity to complete an extra assignment within the framework of the course period.


Examination is done in the form of continuous assessment and written final examination. Grades used are either Fail, Pass, or Pass with Distinction.

Students who do not achieve a passing grade on the regular examination will have another opportunity to take the examination within a reasonable period of time after the regular examination.

Students who fail a certain examination twice have the right upon request, following consultation with the head of department, to have another examiner appointed.

Other directives

The course cannot be counted toward a degree together with the courses English C1, C3 HS4, HS5.

If the syllabus or course reading for a component has been changed, students have a right to be examined under the original syllabus and course reading on three occasions during the following three semesters. Normally this right then expires. Otherwise there are no limitations on the number of examination opportunities.

Transitional provisions

For transitional regulations in the case of changes in the syllabus, please contact the student adviser.