ENG4323 - Exploring Economic Canons in Literary Contexts

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 take a broad and interdisciplinary approach to literary studies, incorporating analyses of literature and other disciplines, specifically literary works related to the field of economics. By pursuing a chronological enquiry into the developments of Western social philosophy and political economic theory, this module aims to offer students a new perspective on literary art, as well as a deeper understanding of the development of the modern notions of economics, and its criticisms. An important goal of this module is to encourage students to develop an awareness of the benefits of studying economic theory and its development from the perspective of literary analysis. Students will be encouraged to develop the skills in close reading and critical analysis of a selected range of fictions with economic themes in relation to their social and political narratives, buttressed by an increased understanding of philosophical and theoretical ideas relating to them. By developing students’ critical thinking and analytical skills, and their cultural literacy relating to the field of economics, students in this module will learn to approach literary studies from a broader interdisciplinary perspective, and likewise, they will be able to approach economics from a deeper and more historically informed perspective.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. deploy an initial analytical and critical vocabulary for the discussion of economic theory;

  2. demonstrate an understanding of, and ability to discuss in an informed way, the range, variety and development of the history of economic thought from a variety of periods;

  3. demonstrate an ability to generate and articulate personal responses, to critique and to apply economic theory to texts;

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

  5. transfer above skills into intellectual and professional skills to construct and communicate a sustained analysis of texts and to conduct research and evaluate the material acquired both within and outside of literary study context.