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682377P Introduction to Literature in English, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 682377P  Validity 01.08.2015 -
Name Introduction to Literature in English  Abbreviation Introduction to 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeBasic Studies Discipline1101 English Philology 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Faculty of Humanities 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits / 135 hours of work

Language of instruction 



The course is held in the autumn term, during periods I and II. An alternative method for taking the course will be provided in the spring if the student is unable to take the course in the autumn. It is recommended to complete the course during the autumn term.

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion the student should be able to:

  • display general knowledge of broad periods in the history of English-language literature, and specific understanding of representative authors and texts
  • understand and articulate the differences between several major interpretative approaches to literature
  • offer personal readings of individual literary texts based on close reading and textual evidence

This course will offer students a broad overview of English literary history by presenting and analyzing a range of literary texts from different periods and nations. The course will thus combine elements of literary historical survey with the techniques of close reading and literary interpretation. The course will also introduce basic elements of literary theory.

Mode of delivery 

Whole class activities 24 h; group activities 24 h; online activities 24 h; independent study, reading and writing 63 h

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures, guided discussions, problem-solving activities and other active learning tasks, alongside student-led essay presentation and debate sessions and online forum activities

Target group 

Basic-level students of English Philology

Prerequisites and co-requisites 


Recommended optional programme components 

The course is an independent entity and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time.

Recommended or required reading 

To be agreed with the course teacher(s)

Assessment methods and criteria 

Assessment will be based on in-class presentations and debate, online forum contributions, and a term paper. Information on exams and alternative methods for taking courses can be found on the English Philology website. Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


The course utilises a numerical grading scale 1–5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail.

Person responsible 

Juha-Pekka Alarauhio

Working life cooperation 


Other information 

The course is compulsory in the Basic Studies of English Philology.


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Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Introduction to Literature in English  Course    12.09.18 -12.12.18

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