ENGL102-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Great Works

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2018
End Date: Sunday, 24 June 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 2 March 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 18 May 2018


This course introduces students to university-level English by exploring in depth a sequence of works that have earned the label 'great' for some or all of the following reasons: because of their enduring, wide and deep cultural influence; because of the originality of their creative conception; because of the power of their language; because of the power and appeal of the stories they tell or the characters or images they contain.

Theme for 2018: Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis occurs throughout literature: gods become human or vice versa; beggars become princes and princesses or vice versa; people turn into trees, rocks, monsters, birds, beetles…. Language itself is based on metamorphosis: the transformation of ideas and things into words and figures of speech. By paying attention to the many kinds of metamorphosis at work in a diverse range of ‘great works’, this course will aim to develop students’ understanding of how various kinds of change — cultural, social, psychological — shape and are shaped by their representation in literature.

This course can be used towards an English major or minor. BA students who major in English would normally take at least two 100-level 15 point ENGL courses (which must include at least one of the following: ENGL117, ENGL102 or ENGL103), at least three 200-level 15 point ENGL courses, and at least two 300-level 30 point ENGL courses. Please see the BA regulations  or a student advisor for more information.

Learning Outcomes

  • In this course you will learn:
  •  Acquisition of skills in advanced critical reading
  •  Improvement of skills in essay writing
  •  Increased knowledge of specific texts and their historical and cultural contexts
  •  Familiarity with concepts integral to the study of English at university level.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Philip Armstrong


Christopher Thomson and Daniel Bedggood


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Two Short Writing Exercises 30%
Formal Essay 30%
Take-Home Test 40%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts
• Bronte, Emily; Wuthering Heights
• Shakespeare, William; A Midsummer Night's Dream  
• Stevenson, Robert Louis; The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Course readings will also be provided online, including poems and short fiction by Franz Kafka, Audre Lorde, John Donne, Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Dickinson and Allen Curnow.

(Image: "Richard Mansfield in the dual roles of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". Photo by Henry Van der Weyde, licensed under public domain.)

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $746.00

International fee $3,038.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities .

All ENGL102 Occurrences

  • ENGL102-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018