School of Humanities

Lectureship in English Language II

This course is part of the programme:
Bachelor's study programme Cultural history (1st level)

Objectives and competences

Students will be able to master language and content analyses of more complex texts and humanistic themes in English.

They will be able to master their writing skills at an advanced, more complex level, and to prepare and do their own presentation on a chosen topic. Also, students will have been able to develop their critical thinking skills, which will help them to continue with their work of reading complex themes in English.

The general objective of the course:

C1 level (according to CEFR, the European scheme of language knowledge).

Prerequisites

Obligatory – knowledge of English at the secondary school or gimnazija level.

Desirable – knowledge of English acquired at the academic subjects English Language 1.

Content (Syllabus outline)

At English 2, students will devote their time to the process of understanding, by means of textual analyses and reflective work, of a few selected humanistic themes (literary, literary-theoretical, literary-historical, and philosophical-psychological):

19 century English novel.

Jane Austen.

Mimesis: ancient Greek literary theory.

Hermeneutics: a tradition and method of text analysis.

The concept of canon in literature.

The idea of tradition in literature.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

In the final stage of lectures, students will prepare their seminar assignment (an essay and an oral presentation on a chosen topic).

Knowledge and understanding of more complex English syntax.

Knowledge and understanding of more complex humanistic themes written in English.

Development of critical thinking skills.

Development of subjective thinking concerning the themes covered in the course of lectures.

Readings

Acquinas. Selected Philosphical Writings. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2008.

Austen, Jane. Persuasion. Oxford World’s Classics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2008.

Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. Oxford World’s Classics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2008.

Jenkins, Richard. A Fine Brush on Ivory: An Appreciation of Jane Austen. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.

Kermode, Frank. Pleasure and Change: the Aesthetics of Canon. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.

Saint Augustine. On Christian Teaching. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2008.

Tillyard, E. M. W. The Elisabethan World Picture. London: Penguin Books. 1988.

Waugh, Patricia (ed.). Literary Theory and Criticism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2006.

Assessment

– seminar assignment (30%) – written exam (70%)

Lecturer's references

Milena Kovačević holds BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature and Comparative Literature from University of Zagreb, and MPhil in Linguistics from the same university.

M. Kovačević has been awarded the Zagreb University Rector’s award.

Professional work in Zagreb: Faculty of Philosophy, Zagreb University, and British Council Zagreb. During her time in British diplomacy, Milena had an opportunity to have an intensive professional development in the United Kingdom.

Milena has received her academic habilitation with the University of Nova Gorica where she teaches English language and literature. Milena has had lectures at universities in France (Paris, Dijon), England (Norwich), Italy (Bergamo), Denmark (Aarhus), and Greece (Thessaloniki).

Favourite themes: English literature, comparative literature, Carl Jung.

University course code: 1KZ028

Year of study: 2

Course principal:

Lecturer:

ECTS: 4

Workload:

  • Lectures: 30 hours
  • Exercises: 30 hours
  • Individual work: 60 hours

Course type: elective

Languages: english

Learning and teaching methods:
• lectures • practice sessions • seminar assignment (essay, presentation)