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World Literature Major

Bachelor of Arts

World Literature focuses on writing that has traveled - writing that has moved beyond its author's culture and has acquired a new life in other languages, nations and traditions. The study of world literature raises vital questions about how cultures understand - and sometimes misunderstand - one another.

The program examines literature in a comparative way, emphasizing periods of cross-cultural contact and exchange. English is the language of instruction but students also have the opportunity to study other world languages. World literature students are encouraged to participate in an international exchange and/or field schools to complement their degree.

For further information, visit http://www.sfu.ca/worldlit.html.

Program Requirements

The program consists of courses in world literature (WL courses). Students complete 120 units, as specified below.

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete a total of 21 units, including

WL 100 - What is World Literature? (3)

Explores how texts travel beyond their cultures of origin, influence other cultural contexts and ideas, and become works of world literature. Introduces the concepts of cross-cultural literary criticism and translation. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mark Deggan
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3220, Burnaby
D101 Mark Deggan
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
D102 Mark Deggan
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3515, Burnaby

one 100-level WL Writing course

and

WL 200 - How to Do Things with World Literature (3)

Introduces major theoretical approaches to literature and fundamental techniques of literary analysis. Develops students' critical skills for analytical writing about literature in comparative, cross-cultural contexts. Prerequisite: six units in World Literature, including one W course.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Melek Ortabasi
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby

plus 12 additional lower division WL units, at least 6 of which must be taken at the 200 level

*Students may count one 2nd year language course (3 units) toward their lower division WL units.

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete a minimum total of 30 upper division WL units including both of

WL 300 - How Ideas Travel (4)

Explores the counterpoint of Western and non-Western approaches to world literature. May draw from disciplines including comparative literature, history, anthropology, and semiotics to focus on how concepts of world literature are imported and transformed in new cultural contexts. Builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in WL 200. Prerequisite: 45 units, including WL 200.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mark Deggan
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
WL 301W - Writing and Research (3)

Helps students develop more advanced critical thinking and writing skills through a selected topic in world literature. Explores specific literary research methods such as formulating a research question, engaging with secondary sources, and creating a strong authorial voice. Prerequisite: 45 units including nine units in World Literature. Writing.

plus 23 additional upper division WL units, of which at least 8 must be taken at the 400 level

Relevant Topic Courses

With prior approval, students may complete a maximum of three lower and eight upper division units of relevant topic courses from outside the World Literature Program (courses offered at Simon Fraser University or our field schools and exchanges) by submitting the course description to the World Literature advisor. The following pre-approved courses are appropriate.

ENGL 207 - Twentieth Century Literatures in English (3)

The study of twentieth century North American, British, and/or Post-colonial literatures. Prerequisite: Two 100 division English courses. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mary Ann Gillies
Tu, Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SECB 1011, Burnaby
D101
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5029, Burnaby
D102
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5026, Burnaby
D103
Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 8104, Burnaby
D104
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
RCB 8106, Burnaby
ENGL 392 - Studies in World Literatures in English (4)

The study of a selection of literary works in English, mainly from regions other than Canada, Britain and the United States. The course may focus on one or several literatures. Prerequisite: Two 100 division English courses, and two 200 division English courses. The course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught, though students who obtained credit for English 392 prior to Summer 2015 may not take this course for further credit.

ENGL 492W - Topics in World Literatures in English (4)

The intensive study of a selection of literary works in English, mainly from regions other than Canada, Britain and the United States. The course may focus on one or several literatures or individual authors, and will be organized according to specific critical methodologies. Prerequisite: One 300 division English course. Reserved for English honors, major, joint major and minor students. The course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught though students who obtained credit for ENGL 492W prior to Summer 2015 may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for ENGL 492 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Paul St Pierre
We 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
AQ 2120, Burnaby
CA 341 - World Music (3)

The relationship of music and culture, with emphasis on traditional and contemporary music in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, and indigenous cultures of North America. Specific cultural areas may be selected for intensive study in any particular term. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students with credit for FPA 341 may not take this course for further credit.

HUM 309 - Literatures and the Arts Across Cultures (4)

An interdisciplinary study of literary texts in translation and/or art forms across cultures and periods. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students with credit for HUM 381 or 382 under this topic may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Dionysia Eirini Kotsovili
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 10655, Burnaby

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad, through field schools or exchanges. World literature major students may complete up to 15 upper division units at other universities or other universities' field schools and exchanges with prior approval. Submit the relevant course description to the world literature advisor well in advance of the course.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Degree Requirements

For all bachelor of arts (BA) programs, students complete 120 units, which includes

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 45 upper division units, of which at least 30 upper division units must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 65 units (including 21 upper division units) in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0, and a program (major, joint major, extended minor, minor) CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.