Orientation for undergraduate Literatures in English students. A guide to the major and the minor in LIE

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Orientation for undergraduate

Literatures in English students

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Planning your degree

• For teaching English in Trinidad and Tobago, the Ministry of Education

requires one of the following:

• A major in Literatures in English with a minor in Linguistics • A major in Linguistics with a minor in Literatures in English • A double major in Literatures in English and Linguistics

• The ELLE (English Language and Literature with Education) degree

• Other areas of study which complement your study of LIE include:

• Within Humanities: Gender Studies, Communication Studies, Film Studies, History, Theatre, Languages

• Outside of the Humanities: Social Sciences, Computer Science

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Foundation courses required for the

Literatures in English degree

• 2 academic writing courses, usually in Year 1, subject to one of the

following minimum grade prerequisites: General Paper (A or B), CXC English

Language (1), GCE English Language (Distinction), UWIDEC Language Skills

& Communication (B), TOEFL (22), ELPT (Pass), EDMU 0005 (Pass)

• One of the following:

• FOUN 1001 English for Academic Purposes (both semesters)

• FOUN 1106 Academic English for Research Purposes (first semester), required for students with CAPE Communication Studies Grade 1 or 2

• FOUN 1104 Writing about Literature (first semester)

• 2 further University foundation courses, usually in Year 2

• FOUN 1301 Law, Governance, Economy and Society (both semesters) • FOUN 1210 Science, Medicine and Technology in Society (2nd semester)

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Required Level 1 courses for the major in LIE

• 2 academic writing courses

• If you do not have the grade prerequisites for these writing courses, you

MUST first pass the English Language Proficiency Test. You are urged to do this as soon as possible, and there are remedial courses to help you prepare.

• 3 introductory Literatures in English courses (both semesters)

• LITS 1001 Introduction to Poetry

• LITS 1002 Introduction to Prose Fiction • LITS 1201 Elements of Drama

• 5 further Level 1 courses in other disciplines, at least 2 of which must

be Humanities courses

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Required Level 2 courses for the major in LIE

• Two further University foundation courses

• FOUN 1301 Law, Governance, Economy and Society (both semesters) • FOUN 1210 Science, Medicine and Technology in Society (2nd semester)

• LITS 2203 Shakespeare I (1

st

semester)

• One of the following options:

• LITS 2307 Twentieth Century Literary Theory (1st semester) • LITS 2301 Key Issues in Literary Criticism (2nd semester)

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Required Level 3 courses for the major in LIE

• LITS 3501 Advanced Seminar in WI Literature A (1

st

semester)

• One of the following options

• LITS 3502 Advanced Seminar in West Indian Literature B (2nd semester)

• Caribbean Studies project (independent research project under the guidance of a supervisor)

• LITS 3704 Tradition and Change in Modern Literature A (1

st

semester)

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Required courses for the minor in LIE

• 3 introductory Literatures in English courses (both semesters)

• LITS 1001 Introduction to Poetry

• LITS 1002 Introduction to Prose Fiction • LITS 1201 Elements of Drama

• One course in Shakespeare

• One course in West Indian Literature

• 3 further Literatures in English courses

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Elective Literatures in English courses (1)

• British Literature

• LITS 2006 English Poetry from Donne to Byron • LITS 2101 Novel I

• LITS 2109 Novel II

• LITS 2704 Postcolonialism and Medieval Literature • LITS 3205 Shakespeare II

• American Literature

• LITS 2106 Origins and Development of American Literary Prose • LITS 2108 Modern American Literary Prose

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Elective Literatures in English courses (2)

• African Literature

• LITS 2110 Introduction to African Literature in English: Prose Fiction • LITS 2208 African Literature in English: Poetry and Drama

• Caribbean Literature

• LITS 2502 Caribbean Women Writers

• LITS 2506 Introduction to West Indian Poetry A: Oral and Related Poetry • LITS 2508 West Indian Prose Fiction: The Novel

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Elective Literatures in English courses (3)

• Literature of South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora

• LITS 3801 Indian Literature in English

• LITS 3802 Literature of the Indian Diaspora

• Multi-regional literature

• LITS 2010 Introduction to Children’s Literature

• LITS 3705 Tradition and Change in Modern Literature B

• Creative writing

• LITS 2603 Creative Writing: Poetry

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Approaching your studies

• Lecturers and tutors provide guidance and support, but you are

responsible for your own learning.

• Arrive at each lecture and tutorial on time, having read the set text in

advance.

• A list of the set texts for each course is always available several months in advance on the department website and bulletin boards.

• Ask questions and participate in class discussions.

• Beware of plagiarism:

• Direct copying of material without inserting quotation marks • Paraphrasing material without identifying the source

• Make use of the Writing Centre if you require help with the mechanics of

English, essay writing, research and documentation.

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Engaging with Literatures in English at UWI

• Literatures in English on the UWI website:

http://sta.uwi.edu/fhe/dlcc/literaturesinenglish.asp

• Facebook page: Literatures in English at UWI, St Augustine

• The Spaces between Words: Conversations with Writers (podcast)

http://www.spaceswords.com/

• Annual Campus Literature Week, usually in March

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