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682425S From Milton to Arnold - the Classical Epic in English, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 682425S  Validity 01.08.2017 -
Name From Milton to Arnold - the Classical Epic in English  Abbreviation From Milton to 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline1101 English 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Faculty of Humanities 

Juha-Pekka Alarauhio 

ECTS Credits 

5 ETCS credits / 135 hours of work

Language of instruction 



The course is held in the spring term 2018, during periods III and IV. An alternative method for taking the course will be provided if the student is unable to take the course.

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion the student should be able to

  • display general knowledge of developments in English-language epic from the 16th to the 20th century
  • recognize the core features of the genre of classical epic and their manifestations in the works of poets of different periods
  • offer persuasive individual interpretations of particular works in the epic tradition that rely on an understanding of generic composition and internal textual evidence linked to socio-historical context and/or particular theoretical perspectives

This course will introduce students to the tradition of English-language Classical epic through an overview of the origins of the Classical epic in the Greek and Roman antiquity and the close study of representative texts from the 16th to the 2oth century. Students will explore the conventions and innovations that have taken place in the Classical epic tradition and develop their own interpretations of English language texts in this tradition.


Mode of delivery 

Class sessions and independent study

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. (Whole class activities 24 hours / group activities 24 hours / Online activities 24 hours / Independent study, reading and writing 63 hours)

Target group 

Advanced-level students of English Philology

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

682377P Introduction to Literature in English required. A recommended prerequisite for this course is 682389A The Fundamentals of Poetry.


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 an exercise portfolio and a final written assignment. 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 elective in the Advanced Studies of English Philology.


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