Topics in English
I. Course Prefix/Number: EGL 290
Course Name: Topics in English
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
A sample outline is presented below. The outline of topics is, naturally, contingent on course content:
- Brief historical and biographical background to the works of Gerard Manley Hopkins
- Hopkins' distinctive prosody: instress, inscape, sprung rhythm, etc.
- Longer poems, shorter lyrics and sonnets
- Prose: diaries, criticism and letters
- Hopkins' critics: nineteenth and twentieth century perspectives
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Course may be taught as a face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
This course relies on the student's ability to read and understand assigned texts. Additionally, students will discuss and write extensively throughout the course as they analyze primary and secondary source materials.
IX. Instructional Materials
Materials will be assigned according to the specific course focus. Primary and secondary sources will be included, as well as selected audio-visual aids, and field experiences, as appropriate.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.