Literature and the Art of the Narrative

Course Details

This course is delivered by Westcott Courses in partnership with Brandman University

ENGU 102 - Literature and the Art of the Narrative

Prerequisite: English Composition with a grade of C or better, assessment test placement or consent of instructor.

Course Description: This course will survey various narrative techniques across a broad spectrum of genres, including novels, short stories, graphic novels and comic books, television, and the movies. The student will examine how we tell stories, but also ask the question why narrative is so integral to the human condition.

Enrollment Schedule: This class has hard start and stop dates, and does NOT have rolling enrollment as most of the courses. Students can enroll up to 2 weeks into class. View the schedule.

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8 weeks

Single 30 day extension if needed

Estimated Cost


Payment Plan: First payment of $292.25 and a second payment 30 days later of $239.75

Ways to Learn



3 academic credits

Lower Division, UG

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We partnered with with Westcott Courses to offer online remedial, general education and other courses that count towards degree completion.

Upon successful mastery of this course, you will be able to

  • Communicate effectively in both speech and writing.
  • Read, notate, and analyze narrative techniques used in a variety of texts.
  • Apply critical thinking to the reading of a literary text and discuss the relationship between form and content.
  • Conduct research using a wide range of college-level resources to find support for analysis and arguments in writing a variety of essays.
  • Initiate conversations based on observations and reactions to various narrative texts.
  • Identify when and where a source is required to support an argument. Justify why a citation's content gives depth and validity to the student's claims and/or thesis.
  • Compose various argumentative essays with proper sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, spelling and usage.
  • Evaluate arguments from both non-fiction and literary sources and write essays that are uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the responsibilities of an intelligent citizen in a world with diverse cultural views including environmental, global and cultural awareness.
  • Write an objective fully supported paper that not only demonstrates the ability to think critically but also supports a challenging thesis.
  • Assess and follow accurately MLA research and documentation guidelines as they pertain to various forms of media and texts.

Course Topics:

  • Review of narrative types, including refractive, reflective, and linear narration; standard plot diagram; use of foreshadowing and flashbacks; unreliable narrators; and character development in written texts
  • Review of narration in an extended work
  • Review and analysis of narration in the novel genre
  • Review of narration in the graphic novel genre
  • Review of narration in electronic media, including television and cinema


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