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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
June 29, 2016

Canadian Excellence

Learning Objectives and Program Outcomes



Learning Objectives:


Undergraduate and Graduate English programs in the Department of English and Film Studies encourage the development of skills in:

  • interpreting a variety of literary and cultural works, including fiction, film, drama, poetry, non-fiction, and visual media, and the historical, political, cultural, and discursive frameworks determining their composition and reception;
  • using a cross-cultural approach, particularly in the context of non-Western, postcolonial, and global texts;
  • closely analysing the language and form of complex texts;
  • engaging strategically with a variety of theories of writing, reading, and representation;
  • expressing clear critical arguments, both in scholarly writing and orally;
  • conducting independent research, including evaluating a variety of resources (print, audio-visual, and virtual);
  • recognizing the relevance of these skills to personal growth, to interdisciplinary thinking, and to successful careers after university.

Program Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in English are able to:

1. Display a broad knowledge of the discipline of English. The English Program has been designed specifically to provide students with the degree essentials through required courses to recognize and display a thorough grasp of its major subfields such as literary theory, colonial and postcolonial literatures, gender, culture, and print culture from the medieval period to the twenty-first century.


2. Read texts critically in a variety of historical contexts, and recognize the issues raised by them in order to identify and assess their social, environmental and ethical impact on the current global community.


3. Recognize and interpret a variety of literary and cultural works, including fiction, drama, poetry, non-fiction, and visual media, and the historical, political, cultural, and discursive frameworks determining their composition and reception.


4. Apply a cross-cultural analytical approach, particularly in the context of non-Western, postcolonial, and global texts.


5. Discuss and analyze the language and form of complex texts.


6. Identify and engage strategically with a variety of theories of writing, reading, and representation.


7. Express clear critical arguments, both written and verbal.


8. Conduct independent research and evaluate a variety of resources including print, audio-visual, and digital.


9. Recognize the relevance of these skills to personal growth, to interdisciplinary thinking, and to successful careers after university.


10. Pursue potential careers in Writing, Public Relations, Publishing, Radio Journalism, Teaching, Communications, Digital Media, or continue in graduate studies in English, Education, Journalism, and Law.