Quebec collegial curriculum requires each student to take four
English courses in order to obtain the Diploma of Collegial Studies.
Students normally take one required English course per semester.
English Exit Exam
In order to receive their diplomas, graduating students must have passed the English Exit Exam, which evaluates college-level reading, writing, and critical thinking.
To be eligible to write the English Exit Exam, students must have passed two of the following English courses AND be in the process of completing a third: 603-101-MQ, 603-102-MQ or 603-103-MQ.
2 2/3 cr.
Preparatory College English
This course is directed toward improving fundamental English language skills, both oral and written. It is for those students who need additional practice and review before entering the core English courses. The 603-001-50 course is designed for students who did not finish their high school studies in Québec whereas the 603-003-50 course is for students who have graduated with a Québec high school diploma.
This particular English course is not credited towards the diploma. Students will be streamed into the course based on the College’s criteria involving final marks from Secondary V English as well as a placement test. Students must pass the course in order to advance to the core English courses.
This particular English course is not credited towards the diploma.
Introduction to College English: Components of Discourse
2 2/3 cr.
Literature and Composition
This course is directed toward improving English language skills
by extensive written work based on literary texts. It uses the same
textbooks as the Introduction to College English: Literature, but
because of the emphasis on writing skills has a reduced list of
2 2/3 cr.
This course is directed toward broadening the student's awareness
and understanding of literature while improving writing abilities
by extensive written work based on literary texts.
Note: This course is also offered to Liberal Arts students
(Prerequisite: English 101)
2 1/3 cr.
This course is a concentrated survey of Canadian literature from the Colonial period to the present. It introduces students to the most important authors through the study of literary genres as they evolve historically in accordance with the development of Canadian literary culture.
2 1/3 cr.
English Classics I
Consisting of a chronological survey of English classics from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 17th century, this course enables students to: distinguish genres of literary discourse, recognize literary conventions within a specific genre, situate a discourse within its historical and literary period and explicate a discourse representative of a literary genre.
2 1/3 cr.
Major Authors in English
This course intensively examines a variety of works in specific
genres by a minimum of three and a maximum of six authors, drawn
from more than one century. This course enables students to: distinguish
genres of literary discourse, recognize literary conventions within
a specific genre and explicate a discourse representative of a literary
603-225-HR 2-2-3 2 1/3 cr.
Examining a variety of works in specific genres drawn from more than one century, this course explores the traditions of Eastern literature, its techniques and conventions. Students will discover the unique features evident in Eastern poetry, fiction, and drama, such as Japan’s Kabuki theatre, China’s poetic principle of Shi, as well as the literary approaches of India and Vietnam.
603-227-HR 2-2-3 2 1/3 cr.
English Quebec Writers
This course will explore the rich and culturally important contributions of English writers in Quebec, some of whom have achieved iconic status in Canada and abroad. Through contextualizing and analyzing the diverse genres in which such writers have distinguished themselves (including travel narratives, newspapers, fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and literary criticism), students will come to appreciate the power and presence of English writers in Quebec—from the early days of colonialism and settlement to the present. Far from being outsiders, Quebec’s English writers have carved out unique perspectives with regard to religion, language, politics, place, and the immigrant experience that have helped to shape and define this complex province.
603-228-HR 2-2-3 2 1/3 cr.
The Graphic Novel
This course will consider the storytelling potential of graphic novels, an often neglected form of artistic and narrative expression with a long and rich history. Boldly combining images and text, graphic novels of recent years have explored divisive issues often considered the domain of “serious” literature: immigration, racism, war and terrorism, dysfunctional families, and much more. Informed by techniques of both traditional literary theory and visual cultural studies, we will explore a range of graphic novels. In particular, we will be attentive to the unique power of the medium, exploring graphic novels that challenge the conventions of genre, narrative, and high and low culture.
603-230-HR 2-2-3 2 1/3 cr.
This course studies significant literature by women in English from the Middle Ages to the present. It introduces students to the most important women authors through the study of literary genres as they evolve historically in Britain and North America.
603-231-HR 2-2-3 2 1/3 cr.
First Peoples: Literature and Culture
This course exposes students to multiple examples of First Peoples literature and culture as a way in to the history and continual development of these communities across the country. Using a variety of texts and media (which might include short stories, novels, graphic novels, contemporary First Peoples music, and recorded lectures), this course will explore literature produced by First Peoples from early eras to the present.
603-232-HR 2-2-3 2 1/3 cr.
Using a variety of media, this course will examine the development of modern drama from the late 19th century to the present day. Students will be introduced to well-known playwrights and significant plays, and will explore the language of drama as well as the historical and cultural contexts of each work.
(Prerequisite: English 101)
2 1/3 cr.
This course examines certain themes that are basic to American
literature and essential to American culture. It enables students
to: recognize the treatment of a theme within a literary discourse,
situate a discourse within its cultural context and explicate a
discourse from a thematic perspective.
English Classics II
Consisting of a chronological survey of English classics from
the 18th century to the present, this course enables students to:
recognize the treatment of a theme within a literary discourse,
situate a literary discourse within its cultural context and explicate
a discourse from a thematic perspective.
2 1/3 cr.
Major Authors in Translation
The purpose of this course is to explore one or more themes
as they appear in the translated works of three or more major authors
who wrote or write in languages other than English. To ensure a
wide scope, the works studied represent more than one genre, more
than one language and have been written in more than one century.
603-325-HR 2-2-3 2
Shakespeare Then and Now
This course focuses on the major themes conveyed in representative
histories, comedies and tragedies. Through the examination of relevant
historical data, students will acquire an understanding of the links
between the Elizabethan world and the world depicted in Shakespeare's
plays. By comparing original texts with contemporary cinematic adaptations,
students will gain a fuller appreciation for the endurance and universality
of Shakespeare's themes. Students will further identify the principal
factors that have contributed to the prominent position of Shakespeare's
major works within the English literary tradition.
603-326-HR 2-2-3 2 1/3 cr.
This course takes at its theme the integral, yet contentious relationship between literature and history. Using poetry, drama, and fiction to examine the blurry border between fiction and fact, as well as introducing students to the basics of historiography, this class will explore the ethics of and efforts at representing the past in the literature of colonial and post-colonial countries.
603-327-HR 2-2-3 2 1/3 cr.
The Bible as Literature
This course provides students with a basic understanding of some of the foundational figures, traditions, and stories of the three Mosaic faiths. Studying the biblical texts will enable students to recognize allusions to scripture in simple references, images and symbols, themes and motifs, and the underlying myths inspiring new interpretations of biblical legends. This is not a course in hermeneutics; students will focus on the Bible as literature. Readings may include selections from the Torah, Prophets, and Writings of the Jewish Bible, as well as the Gospels and Epistles of Christian scripture.
603-328-HR 2-2-3 2 1/3 cr.
Fiction in Adaptation
Certain stories and characters have endured the test of time because their central themes have such powerful cultural resonance. However, over time these foundation narratives have been adapted to speak to different socio-cultural contexts. This course studies foundation narratives and their adaptations across different historical periods as well as across different forms (for example, prose, theatre, cinema, poetry, and dance). Students will discuss the controversy of adaptation, including the adaptation of high culture works to low, or pop, culture, and vice versa, as well as the debate about adaptation as a creative process. Most importantly, students will explore how adaptations alter an original text to address its themes in new and productive ways.
603-329-HR 2-2-3 2 1/3 cr.
Children and Literature
Beginning with folk and fairy tales intended for adults and later adapted for children, as well as traditional songs and poems that were later published, the course will study themes that are central to children's literature. The course will explore influential children's literature from a variety of historical periods, including contemporary works. In so doing, students will trace the evolution of themes expressed in these stories. Students will also analyze the teaching of ideas and lessons (behavioural, moral, social, cultural, practical) transmitted in children's fiction. Other areas of study may include recurring issues in children's literature, stylistic features of this genre, the absence of adults, and the representation of authority in literature both for and about children.
(Prerequisite: English 101)
In common with the other Block “B” English courses, this one provides training in public speaking, practical and professional writing, reading and writing across the curriculum while exposing the students to a variety of literary forms. This course deals with issues relevant in the study of Social Sciences/Commerce, though the focus remains solidly on literature.
This English course is designed for students in Nursing and Early Childhood Education, in other words for students who care for others. Since communication is essential in the caring milieu, the course emphasizes clear, precise, and concise written and oral communication. Through fiction and non-fiction, students examine both the message and the medium in terms of their programs.
In common with the other Block "B" English courses, this one
provides training in public speaking, practical and professional
writing, reading and writing across the curriculum while exposing
the students to a variety of literary forms. Although the course
devotes considerable attention to practical and professional writing,
the focus remains solidly on literature.
Arts and Science Milieu
This course is designed for students pursuing studies in Science or Arts. The literature content of the course focuses on subjects pertaining to these two fields, including: the portrayals of scientists and artists, the search for truth, the roles of the artist and the scientist, and the concerns of science fiction. The course also introduces students to the basic assumptions and theories of literary criticism (new criticism, reader-response, deconstructive, biographical, historical, new historical, psychological, feminist). Students learn to apply theory in the analysis of texts and in their own writing. Each student also gives an oral presentation on a piece of expository prose that deals with issues pertaining to science and/or arts.
603-CXG-HR 2-2-2 2 cr.
English: Tourism and Hospitality Milieu
This course is designed for students pursuing studies in Tourism and Hotel Management. In common with the other Block “B” English courses, this one provides training in public speaking, effective communication, reading and writing across the curriculum, while exposing students to a variety of literary forms. Through the study of literature, students will examine themes that are relevant to the tourism and hospitality industries.
English – program specific
“The set of objectives and standards for English, Language of Instruction and Literature Specific to Each Program, is placed in the context of general education and is a complement to the general education common to all programs. Students will develop the skills required in order to communicate in the forms of discourse appropriate to one or more fields of study.” – MEES, General Education (2009).
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The following courses are offered in the
Liberal Arts program:
This course introduces Liberal Arts students to the most significant
Greek and Roman classical texts, including works by Homer, Virgil
and Ovid. The major themes and conventions of these works are examined
in light of their significance in shaping western culture and thought.
This course analyzes significant works in fiction and focuses
on the creative process and techniques that contribute to the art
of fiction. Through a variety of exercises and workshops, students
as well participate in the composition of fiction.
Through the study and analysis of a variety of poems, Liberal
Arts students gain an appreciation of a number of techniques integral
to the creation of poetry. Selective exercises and workshops enable
students to participate in the composition of poetry.
603-H04-HR 3-0-3 2 cr.
This course exposes Liberal Arts students to a wide range of drama, both traditional and modern. Students as well participate in workshops and other activities designed to lead to an appreciation of the dramatist's and the actor's craft.
1 2/3 cr.
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This course develops the skills required to plan, write, and edit typical business documents. In addition, students will practice formatting, summarizing, and proofreading.