ENG3323 - Voices in the Melting Pot

Year of Study:3 or 4
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: ENG1100 Introduction to Literature,
ENG2100 Exploring the Genre of Poetry,
ENG2101 Exploring English Novels,
ENG2102 Drama and Theatre
or with special permission from Instructor and approval by Department Head
Module Description
This module is designed to introduce students to the histories, societies and cultures of ethnic minorities in the United States of America, through works of fiction from the perspectives of traditionally underrepresented groups. Discussions will include issues and themes that are relevant for understanding the desires and struggles of new and recent immigrants to the US and other ethnic groups. These include: the notion of America as a ‘melting pot’, America as ‘a land of opportunity’, otherness, prejudice based on race, diversity, gender and religion, individualism and community, civil rights and social justice. This module deals primarily with novels from four groups: Native Americans, African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Asian-Americans. This module focuses on the breadth of coverage, rather than depth, but the intent of the module is to introduce students to some of the richness of modern America. Throughout this module, students will gain a greater degree of American cultural literacy, and a greater awareness of the relationships among ethnicity, religion and socio-economics. With this awareness, they will be better prepared for future careers in an increasingly diverse global marketplace.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of, and the ability to discuss in an informed way, the range and variety of American texts considered in this module and the ability to cross-reference and compare them;

  2. show an awareness of the important issues and themes in the American texts considered and to relate these elements to specific historical, cultural and political contexts;

  3. apply the above knowledge and skills in constructing and communicating an informed appreciation of the literacy value of the texts considered both verbally and in the writing of coherent, informed critical essays;