ENGL2234 - Introduction to Literature: Short Stories

3 (3/0/0)
Meets MnTC Goal Areas 2, 6 and 7. This literature course will increase students' understanding of individual and group differences through a close study of short stories. Issues of race, gender, class, tradition and value will be the focus of the course as illuminated by the literature. The course will also cover the basic elements of short stories. Stories studied may include selections from various ethnic groups, genders or classes.
  1. Gather factual information as found in the literature, in the author's profile or in the historical context of the work and use this information to help interpret the literature.
  2. Imagine and seek out a variety of possible goals, assumptions, interpretations, or perspectives regarding the literature studied.
  3. Analyze the logical connections among the facts, goals, and assumptions as presented in the literature and use these to generate or evaluate implications of the situations revealed in the literature.
  4. Recognize and articulate the value assumptions which underlie and affect decisions, interpretations, analyses, and evaluations made by others and by ourselves as shown in the selections studied.
  5. Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of short stories that focus on gender, class, race, etc.
  6. Understand how short stories can express individual and human values within a particular historical context.
  7. Respond critically to the literature via discussion and writing.
  8. Articulate an informed personal response to the stories studied.
  9. Become familiar with concepts and literary terms necessary for studying the short story.
  10. Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs and compare and contrast them to those revealed in the stories.
  11. Describe and recognize the experiences and contributions as seen in the literature of the many groups who make up our world.
  12. Demonstrate a keener understanding of communication skills necessary for living in a pluralistic society as a result of a close study of the literature.
Goal Areas
2. Critical Thinking
6. The Humanities and Fine Arts
7. Human Diversity