Summer 2019 - ENGL 398 D100

Major Authors for Non-Majors (4)

Class Number: 4274

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    WMC 2522, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units. English majors, minors, extended minors, joint majors, and honours may take this course with permission of the instructor. This course may be counted towards general degree requirements, but not for credit towards an English major, minor, extended minor, joint major or honours.



In-depth study of the literature of a major anglophone author of wide influence. Course is not intended for English majors, minors, extended minors, joint majors, or honours. May be repeated for credit once if different topic is taught. Breadth-Humanities.


Learning Literature through Role-Playing Games

In this class we will study literature by using an innovative experiential learning method called "Reacting to the Past". Students will learn and practice skills--speaking, writing, rigorous analysis of difficult texts, critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, and teamwork--in order to prevail in difficult and complicated situations. We will play two games: "Rousseau, Burke, and the Revolution in France, 1791", and "Greenwich Village, 1913: Suffrage, Labor, and the New Woman". Students will be assigned different roles, including some prominent historical figures and some fictional characters typical of their age and social positions, all derived from the historical setting. They will then engage in writing and delivering persuasive speeches, writing position papers and newspaper articles, and working in teams to accomplish common objectives and achieve their victory objectives. Gender roles, among other issues, will be explored and debated in both games. No prior role-playing game experience necessary.


  • Speeches, Greenwich Village game 15%
  • Speeches, French Revolution game 15%
  • Written work (graded speeches, newspaper articles, other persuasive writings, 7-8 pages total), Greenwich Village game 30%
  • Written work (graded speeches, newspaper articles, other persuasive writings, 7-8 pages total), French Revolution game 30%
  • Final Exam (take home essay, 2 pages) 5%
  • Attendance and participation 5%



Rousseau, Burke, and the Revolution in France
ISBN: 978-0-393-93888-3

Rousseau, The Social Contract
ISBN: 978-0-14-044201-4 T

Greenwich Village, 1913: Suffrage, Labor, and the New Woman. ISBN 978-0-393-93890-6

Department Undergraduate Notes:

IMPORTANT NOTE Re 300 and 400 level courses: 75% of spaces in 300 level English courses, and 100% of spaces in 400 level English courses, are reserved for declared English Major, Minor, Extended Minor, Joint Major, and Honours students only, until open enrollment begins.

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- To receive credit for the course, students must complete all requirements.
- Tutorials/Seminars WILL be held the first week of classes.
- When choosing your schedule, remember to check "Show lab/tutorial sections" to see all Lecture/Seminar/Tutorial times required.

Registrar Notes:

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