Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Defend (in writing) an interpretation of a literary work by incorporating and correctly documenting evidence from primary and secondary source material.
2. Discuss the features of the genres being studied and assess the writers' manipulation of these features to convey ideas and themes.
3. Examine the social, cultural, religious, and intellectual influences that serve as the immediate context for the works studied.
4. Relate the literary work to the general history of its literary genre within the particular culture being considered.
5. Discuss how the ideas and themes in diverse literary works relate to concerns contemporary to the era of their composition and how they ultimately also relate to the present-day reader.