Details for Literary Criticism and the History of Western Thought

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: ENG301
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Daniel Carrigy


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Literary Criticism and the History of Western Thought

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Examine connections between English texts and philosophical contexts;
  2. Appraise the key philosophical movements that shape the experience of English language texts, from the Classical period  – Contemporary period;
  3. Analyse how ideas, perspectives, and values are represented in texts and how they are received by audiences, in particular schools of literary analysis;
  4. Explore the relationships between the experience of literary text and religious thinking;
  5. Assess evidence to develop, support, and justify a critical interpretation literary critical movement;
  6. Compose and defend arguments relating to the structure of two key English literary movements.

Subject Content

  • Classical Literary Criticism
  • Medieval thought and hermeneutics
  • Renaissance Humanism, Neo-Classicism and aesthetics
  • Romanticism
  • Structuralism
  • New Criticism
  • Post modernism

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (on site)
  • E-Learning (online)
  • Intensive

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Forum Posts and Debate Topics (20%)
  • Creative Project (40%)
  • Minor Essay (40%)

Prescribed Text

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