EKIA5001 Contact Zones in English Fiction (4 cr)

Study level:
Intermediate studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



As an international medium of communication, English connects countless cultures with a common language – and all the cultural artefacts produced in that language. Where cultures meet, conflicts arise and understandings are forged. These contact zones are fruitful subjects for artists and writers, who reach out to a large audience by writing in English about cultural contexts they know. This course will provide an opportunity for students to explore some of these contact zones from around the world through cultural artefacts – namely stories – produced in English.

Completion methods

Self-study: reading and essays

Assessment details

The course grade will be based on the written assignments completed as self-study. More specific grading criteria will be provided upon registration for the course.

Learning outcomes

• Identify and analyze depictions of contact zones through critical reading of both fiction and theoretical text
• Compare and contrast culturally diverse experiences and depictions of them through thematic analysis
• Apply skills acquired in discourse and literary studies to read critically, analyze, and evaluate the stories
• Apply skills acquired in writing studies to present analysis clearly and coherently

Study materials

Reading list will be provided in Korppi.

Completion methods

Method 1

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Parts of the completion methods
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