Course Modules

Chapter Two

Programme Requirements for Award of B.A. Degrees

 STANDARD FOUR YEAR DEGREE PROGRAMME

First Year
First Semester
CODE TITLE UNITS
Major Courses
ELS 101 Basic Literary Concepts 2
ELS 103 Introduction to African Literature
ELS 121 Basic Grammar and Composition 3
ELS 123 Introduction to Phonetics 2
ELS 131 Introduction to Oral Literature 2
Required Ancillary Course
LIN 141 Introduction to General Linguistics I 3
General Studies Courses
GSP 101 The Use of English I 2
GSP 201 Basic Concepts and Theories of Peace and Conflict Resolution 2
Electives – choose one language
FRE 101 Elementary French I 2
GER 101 Elementary German I 2
IGB 101 Elementary Igbo I 2
POR 111 Portuguese Grammar I 3
RUS 101 Elementary Russian I 2
SPA 111 Spanish Grammar I 3
SWA 111 Swahili Grammar I 3 2 or 3
18/19
Second Semester
Major Courses
ELS 102 Introduction to Nigerian Literature 2
ELS 140 Introduction to Drama 3
ELS 150 Introduction to Poetry 3
ELS 160 Introduction to Fiction 3
Required Ancillary Course
LIN 140 Introduction to General Linguistics II 3
General Studies Courses
GSP 102 The Use of English II 2
GSP 202 Issues in Peace and Conflict Resolution 2
Electives: choose one language
FRE 102 Elementary French II 2
GER 102 Elementary German II 2
IGB 102 Elementary Igbo II 2
POR 112 Portuguese Grammar II 3
RUS 102 Elementary Russian II 2
SPA 112 Spanish Grammar II 3
SWA 112 Swahili Grammar II 3 2 or 3
20/21
Second Year
First Semester
CODE TITLE UNITS
Major Courses
ELS 211 American Literature: The Beginnings to the Romantic Movement 2
ELS 213 English Literature: The Renaissance Period 3
ELS 221 Spoken English/Lab work 3
Required Ancillary Courses
COS 101 Introduction to Computer Science 2
CED 341 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 2
General Studies
GSP 105 Natural Science 2
Electives: Choose one language:
FRE 201 Intermediate French I 2
GER 201 Intermediate German I 2
IGB 201 Intermediate Igbo I 2
POR 211 Portuguese Grammatical Structures I 3
RUS 201 Intermediate Russian I 2
SPA 211 Spanish Grammatical Structures I 3
SWA 211 Swahili Grammatical Structures I 3 2 or 3
18/19
Second Semester
Major Courses
ELS 212 American Literature: The Modern Period 2
ELS 214 English Literature: Neo-Classical Period 3
ELS 222 Intermediate English Grammar and Composition 3
ELS 240 Comedy: Moliere to Soyinka 2
Required Ancillary Courses
COS 304 Computer Applications 2
CED 342 Business Development and Management 2
General Studies Courses
GSP 106 Natural Science II 2
Elective: Choose one language
FRE 202 Intermediate French II 2
GER 202 Intermediate German II 2
IGB 202 Intermediate Igbo II 2
POR 212 Portuguese Grammatical Structures II 3
RUS 202 Intermediate Russian II 2
SPA 212 Spanish Grammatical Structures II 3
SWA 212 Swahili Grammatical Structures II 3 2 or 3
18/19
Third Year
First Semester
CODE TITLE UNITS
Major Courses
ELS 311 English Literature: Romantic Movement 3
ELS 321 Advanced Prose Composition 3
ELS 351 African Poetry 3
ELS 361 African Fiction 3
ELS 381 Research Methods 2
English Language Stress Area
ELS 325 Semantics 3
Traditional African Verbal Arts Stress Area
ELS 331 African Traditional Verbal Genres 3 3
Other Stress Areas
ELS 313 Greek & Roman Literatures 3
17
Second Semester
Major Courses
ELS 312 English Literature: Victorian Period 3
ELS 314 English Literature: Modern Period 3
ELS 340 African Drama 3
ELS 370 History of Criticism 2
English Language Stress Area
ELS 322 History of English 3
ELS 324 Phonology 3
Traditional African Verbal Arts Stress Area
ELS 332 The Criticism of Oral Literature 3
ELS 334 Oral Narratives 3
English Literature Stress Area
ELS 316 Old and Middle English Literature 3
ELS 372 Theory and Practice of Narrative 3 6
Modern African Literature Stress Area
ELS 310 Contemporary African Authors 3
ELS 372 Theory and Practice of Narrative 3
17
Fourth Year
First Semester
CODE TITLE UNITS
Major Courses
ELS 411 African-American Literature 3
ELS 413 European Continental Literature 3
ELS 425 Stylistics 3
ELS 461 Studies in Fiction 3
English Language Stress Area
ELS 421 Morphology and Syntax 3
ELS 423 Comparative Grammar 3
English Literature Stress Area
ELS 471 Modern Literary Theory 3
ELS 473 Modern Discourse Analysis 3
Modern African Literature Stress Area
ELS 415 World Black Literature 3
ELS 471 Modern Literary Theory 3 6
Traditional African Verbal Arts Stress Area
ELS 431 Oral Literature & Modern Literature in Africa 3
ELS 471 Modern Literary Theory 3
18
Second Semester
Major Courses
ELS 440 Shakespeare 3
ELS 442 Studies in Drama 3
ELS 452 Studies in Poetry 3
ELS 490 Project 6
Elective: Choose Three units
ELS 418 Caribbean Literature 3
ELS 444 European Drama since Ibsen 3 3
ELS 422 Problems of English in West Africa 3
ELS 480 Literary Review Writing 3
18
Standard Three Year Degree Programme
First Year
First Semester
CODE TITLE UNITS
Major Courses
ELS 211 American Literature: The Beginnings to the Romantic Movement 2
ELS 213 English Literature: The Renaissance Period 3
ELS 221 Spoken English/Lab Work 3
ELS 121 Basic Grammar and Composition 3
Required Ancillary Course
COS 101 Introduction to Computer Science 2
General Studies Courses
GSP 101 The Use of English I 2
GSP 201 Basic Concepts and Theories of Peace and Conflict Resolution 2
GSP 105 Natural Science I 2
Electives: Choose Four units
PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy 2
MUS 141 African Music: Music & Society 2
ANT 111 Introduction to Anthropology 2 4
23
Second Semester
Major Courses
ELS 212 American Literature: The Modern Period 2
ELS 214 English Literature: Neo-Classical Period 3
ELS 222 Intermediate English Grammar and Composition 3
ELS 240 Comedy: Moliere to Soyinka 3
General Studies Courses
GSP 102 The Use of English II 2
GSP 202 Issues in Peace and Conflict Resolution 2
GSP 106 Natural Science II 2
17
Second Year
First Semester
CODE TITLE UNITS
Major Courses
ELS 311 English Literature: Romantic Movement 3
ELS 321 Advanced Prose Composition 3
ELS 351 African Poetry 3
ELS 361 African Fiction 3
General Studies Course
CED 341 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 2
English Language Stress Area
ELS 325 Semantics 3
Other Stress Areas
ELS 313 Greek & Roman Literatures 3
20
Second Semester
Major Courses
ELS 312 English Literature: Victorian Period 3
ELS 314 English Literature: Modern Period 3
ELS 340 African Drama 3
ELS 370 History of Criticism 2
Required Ancillary Courses
CED 342 Business Development and Management 2
COS 304 Computer Applications 2
English Language Stress Area
ELS 322 History of English 3
ELS 324 Phonology 3
Traditional African Verbal Arts Stress Area
ELS 332 The Criticism of Oral Literature 3
ELS 334 Oral Narratives 3
English Literature Stress Area
ELS 316 Old and Middle English Literature 3
ELS 372 Theory and Practice of Narrative 3
Modern African Literature Stress Area
ELS 310 Contemporary African Authors 3
ELS 372 Theory and Practice of Narrative 3 6
21
Third Year
First Semester
CODE TITLE UNITS
Major Courses
ELS 381 Research Methods 2+G228:G243
ELS 411 African-American Literature 3
ELS 413 European Continental Literature 3
ELS 425 Stylistics 3
ELS 461 Studies in Fiction 3
English Language Stress Area
ELS 421 Morphology and Syntax 3
ELS 423 Comparative Grammar 3
English Literature Stress Area
ELS 471 Modern Literary Theory 3
ELS 473 Modern Discourse Analysis 3
Modern African Literature Stress Area
ELS 415 World Black Literature 3
ELS 471 Modern Literary Theory 3
Traditional African Verbal Arts Stress Area
ELS 434 Oral Literature & Modern Literature in Africa 3
ELS 471 Modern Literary Theory 3 6
20
Second Semester
Major Courses
ELS 440 Shakespeare 3
ELS 442 Studies in Drama 3
ELS 452 Studies in Poetry 3
ELS 490 Project 6
Elective: Choose Three units
ELS 418 Caribbean Literature 3
ELS 444 European Drama since Ibsen 3 3
ELS 422 Problems of English in West Africa 3
ELS 480 Literary Review Writing 3
18
FOUR-YEAR COMBINED PROGRAMME
ENGLISH AND LITERARY STUDIES/FRENCH
First Year
First Semester
CODE TITLE UNITS
Major Courses
ELS 101 Basic Literary Concepts 2
ELS 121 Basic Grammar and Composition 3
ELS 123 Introduction to Phonetics 2
FRE 111 French Grammar I 3
FRE 121 Introduction to Composition in French I 2
Required Ancillary Courses
LIN 141 Introduction to General Linguistics I 2
COS 101 Introduction to Computer Sciences 2
General Studies Courses
GSP 101 The Use of English I 2
GSP 201 Basic Concepts and Theories of Peace and Conflict Resolution 2
20
Second Semester
Major Courses
ELS 102 Introduction to Nigerian Literature 2
ELS 150 Introduction to Poetry 3
ELS 160 Introduction to Fiction 3
FRE 112  French Grammar II 3
FRE 122 Introduction to Composition in French II 2
Required Ancillary Courses
COS 304 Computer Applications 2
LIN 140 Introduction to General Linguistics II 2
General Studies Courses
GSP 102 The Use of English II 2
GSP 202 Issues in Peace and Conflict Resolution 2
21
Second Year
First Semester
CODE TITLE UNITS
Major Courses
ELS 211 American Literature: The beginnings to Romantic Movement 3
ELS 213 English Literature: The Renaissance Period 3
ELS 221 Spoken English/Lab Work 3
FRE 211 French Grammatical Structures 3
FRE 231 French Literature in Perspective I 3
Required Ancillary Courses
COS 101 Introduction to Computer Science 2
CED 341 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 2
General Studies Course
GSP 105 Natural Sciences I 2
21
Second Semester
Major Courses
ELS 212 American Literature the Modem Period 3
ELS 214 English Literature Neo-Classical Period 3
ELS 222  Intermediate English/Grammar and Composition 3
FRE 212 French Grammatical Structures 3
FRE 234 French literatures in Perspective II 3
General Studies Course
GSP 106 Natural Sciences II 2
Required Ancillary Courses
COS 304 Computer Applications 2
CED 342 Business Development and Management 2
21
Third Year
First Semester
CODE TITLE UNITS
Major Courses
ELS 321 Advanced Prose Composition 3
ELS 351 African Poetry 3
ELS 361 African Fiction 3
ELS 381 Research Methods 2
FRE 311 Advanced studies in French Grammar I 3
FRE 331 African literature in French 2
FRE 333 Introduction to French Prose 2
FRE 341 Introduction to Translation I 2
Electives (Choose Two units)
FRE 351 Culture and Civilization of France 2
FRE 361 Advanced Studies in French Phonetics 2
FRE 363 Communicative Skills I 2 2
22
Second Semester
Major Courses
ELS 312 English Literature: Victorian Period 3
ELS 314 English Literature: Modern Period 3
ELS 340 African Drama 3
FRE 312 Advanced Studies in French Grammar II 3
FRE 322 Essay Writing in French 2
FRE 342 Introduction to Translation II 2
FRE 334 French Literature of the 18th Century 2
18
Fourth Year
First Semester
CODE TITLE UNITS
Major Courses
ELS 411 American & Afro-American Literature 2
ELS 413  European Continental Literature 3
ELS 461 Studies in Fiction 3
FRE 336 Literature and Philosophy 2
FRE 421 Essay Writing in French 2
FRE 437 Literary Criticism in French 2
FRE 441 Advanced Translation I 2
FRE 451 Francophone, Maghreb, Europe and America 2
18
Second Semester
Major Courses
ELS 440 Shakespeare 3
FRE 364 Communicative Skills II 2
FRE 442 Advanced Translation II 2
FRE 434 Contemporary French Literature 3
FRE 452 Francophone Black Africa 2
ELS 490 Project 6
18
FOUR-YEAR COMBINED HONOURS
ENGLISH AND LITERARY STUDIES/GERMAN
First Year
First Semester
CODE TITLE UNITS
ELS 101 Basic Literary Concepts 2
ELS 121 Basic Grammar and Composition 3
ELS 123 Introduction to Phonetics 2
GER 111 German Grammar I 3
GER 121 Introduction to Composition in German I 2
GER 161 Oral German I 3
Required Ancillary Courses
LIN 141 Introduction to General Linguistics I 2
COS 101 Introduction to Computer Sciences 2
General Studies Course
GSP 101 The Use of English I 2
21
Second Semester
Major Courses
ELS 102 Introduction to Nigerian Literature 2
ELS 150 Introduction to Poetry 3
ELS 160 Introduction to Fiction 3
GER 112 German Grammar II 3
GER 122 Introduction to Composition in German II 2
GER 164 Oral German II 3
Required Ancillary Course
LIN 140 Introduction to General Linguistics II 2
General Studies Courses
GSP 102 The Use of English II 2
GSP 202 Issues in Peace and Conflict Resolution 2
22
Second Year
First Semester
CODE TITLE UNITS
Major Courses
ELS 213 English Literature: The Renaissance Period 3
ELS 221 Spoken English/Lab Work 3
GER 211 German Grammatical Structures I 3
GER 221 Comprehension and Stylistics I 3
GER 261 Oral Expression and Comprehension in German 3
Required Ancillary Courses
COS 101 Introduction to Computer Science 2
CED 341 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 2
General Studies Course
GSP 105 Natural Sciences I 2
21
Second Semester
Major Courses
ELS 214 English literature Neo-Classical Period 3
ELS 222 Intermediate English Grammar and Composition 3
ELS 240 Comedy: Moliere to Soyinka 2
GER 212 German Grammatical Structures II 3
GER 212 Comprehension and Stylistics II 3
GER 252 Contemporary German Society 2
General Studies Course
GSP 106 Natural Sciences II 2
Required Ancillary Course
COS 304 Computer Applications 2
20
Third Year
First Semester
CODE TITLE UNITS
Major Courses
ELS 321 Advanced Prose Composition 3
ELS 351 African Poetry 3
ELS 361 African Fiction 3
ELS 381 Research Methods 2
GER 311 Advanced Studies in German Grammar I 3
GER 341 Introduction to Translation I 2
GER 351 Culture and Civilization of German Speaking Countries 3
General Studies Course
GSP 201 Basic Concepts and Theories of Peace and Conflict Resolution 2
21
Second Semester
Major Courses
ELS 312 English Literature: Victorian Period 3
ELS 314 English Literature: Modern Period 3
ELS 340 African Drama 3
GER 312 Advanced Studies in German Grammar II 3
GER 322 Essay Writing in German 2
GER 342 Introduction to Translation II 2
Required Ancillary Course
CED 342 Business Development and Management 2
18
Fourth Year
First Semester
CODE TITLE UNITS
Major Courses
ELS 411 American & Afro-American Literature 2
ELS 413 European Continental Literature 3
ELS 461 Studies in Fiction 3
GER 411 Applied Linguistics I 2
GER 421 Advanced Essay Writing in German 2
GER 431 19th Century German Literature 2
GER 433 German Literature on Africa 2
GER 441 Advanced Translation I 2
18
Second Semester
Major Courses
ELS 440 Shakespeare 3
GER 412 Applied Linguistics II 2
GER 434 Contemporary German Literature 3
GER 442 Advanced Translation II 2
GER 462 Advanced Oral German 2
ELS 490 Project 6
18
FOUR-YEAR COMBINED HONOURS
ENGLISH AND LITERARY STUDIES/HISTORY
First Year
First Semester
CODE TITLE UNITS
ELS 101 Basic Literary Concepts 2
ELS 121 Basic Grammar and Composition 3
ELS 123 Introduction to Phonetics 2
HIS 101 Introduction to History 2
HIS 103 Introduction to International Studies 2
HIS 111 Nigeria up to 1900 3
Required Ancillary Courses
LIN 141  Introduction to General Linguistics I 2
COS 101  Introduction to Computer Sciences 2
General Studies Course
GSP 101 The Use of English I 2
20
Second Semester
Major Courses
ELS 102  Introduction to Nigerian Literature 2
ELS 150 Introduction to Poetry 3
ELS 160 Introduction to Fiction 3
HIS 102 Introduction to Economic History 2
HIS 104 Evolution of International System since 1815 2
HIS 122 History of West Africa Since 1500 2
HIS 144 Blacks in Diaspora 2
Required Ancillary Course
LIN 140 Introduction to General Linguistics II 2
General Studies Courses
GSP 102 The Use of English II 2
GSP 202 Issues in Peace and Conflict Resolution 2
22
Second Year
First Semester
CODE TITLE UNITS
Major Courses
ELS 211 American Literature: The Beginnings to Romantic Movement 3
ELS 213 English Literature: The Renaissance Period 3
ELS 221 Spoken English/Lab Work 3
HIS 213 Diplomatic History of Nigeria Since 1960 2
HIS 221 Southern Africa since 1400 2
HIS 223 East and Central Africa Since 1000 AD 2
Required Ancillary Courses
COS 101 Introduction to Computer Science 2
CED 341 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 2
General Studies Course
GSP 105 Natural Sciences I 2
21
Second Semester
Major Courses
ELS 212 American literature the modem period 3
ELS 214 English literature Neo-Classical period 3
ELS 222 Intermediate English Grammar and Composition 3
HIS 222 Africa and European Imperialism in the 19th & 20th Centuries 2
HIS 224 Economic History of West Africa to the 20th Century 2
HIS 226 African Women in History 2
General Studies Course
GSP 106 Natural Sciences II 2
Required Ancillary Courses
COS 304 Computer Applications 2
CED 342 Business Development and Management 2
21
Third Year
First Semester
CODE TITLE UNITS
Major Courses
ELS 321 Advanced Prose Composition 3
ELS 351 African Poetry 3
ELS 361 African Fiction 3
ELS 381 Research Methods 2
HIS 301 Comparative Industrial Growths in the USA, Russia,Japan,  China and Britain 3
HIS 311 Nigeria 1900 to 1960 3
HIS 321 Africa and the Wider World in the 20th Century 2
General Studies Course
GSP 201 Basic Concepts and Theories of Peace and Conflict Resolution 3
22
Second Semester
Major Courses
ELS 312 English Literature: Victorian Period 3
ELS 314 English Literature: Modern Period 3
ELS 340 African Drama 3
ELS 370 History of Criticism 2
HIS 302 Issues in International Relations I 2
HIS 322 Problems and Prospects of Regional Economic Development in Africa 3
HIS 332 Russia since 1917 3
19
Fourth Year
First Semester
CODE TITLE UNITS
Major Courses
ELS 411 American & Afro-American Literature 2
ELS 413 European Continental Literature 3
ELS 461 Studies in Fiction 3
HIS 401 Development of Parliamentary/ Presidential Systems (Britain, France, India, and USA) 3
HIS 403 History of Science and Technology 3
HIS 411 Nigeria since 1960 2
HIS 415 Igboland to the Present 3
19
Second Semester
Major Courses
ELS 440 Shakespeare 3
HIS 402 Issues in International Relations II 2
HIS 406 Conflict, War and Peace since 1900 2
HIS 408 International/Continental Organizations 3
HIS 422 Africa since 1800 3
ELS 490 Project 6
19
FOUR YEAR PROGRAMME
ENGLISH AND LITERARY STUDIES/
THEATRE AND FILM STUDIES
First Year
First Semester
CODE TITLE UNITS
ELS 101 Basic Literary Concepts 2
ELS 121 Basic Grammar and Composition 3
ELS 123 Introduction to Phonetics 2
TFS 101 Traditional African Festival Theatre 3
TFS 103 Introduction to Drama and Theatre 3
Required Ancillary Courses
LIN 141 Introduction to General Linguistics I 2
COS 101  Introduction to Computer Sciences 2
General Studies Course
GSP 101 The Use of English I 2
19
Second Semester
Major Courses
ELS 102 Introduction to Nigerian Literature 2
ELS 150 Introduction to Poetry 3
ELS 160 Introduction to Fiction 3
TFS 102 Practical Participation Orientation 3
TFS 132 Basic Acting Skills 3
TFS 104 History of Drama and Theatre: Beginnings to Medieval Period 2
Required Ancillary Course
LIN 140 Introduction to General Linguistics II 2
General Studies Courses
GSP 102 The Use of English II 2
GSP 202 Issues in Peace and Conflict Resolution 2
22
Second Year
First Semester
CODE TITLE UNITS
Major Courses
ELS 211 American Literature: The Beginnings to Romantic Movement 3
ELS 213 English Literature: The Renaissance Period 3
ELS 221 Spoken English/Lab Work 3
TFS 201 African Drama and Theatre: The Colonial Era 2
TFS 231 Intermediate Acting 2
TFS 233 Dance Drama 2
Required Ancillary Courses
COS 101 Introduction to Computer Science 2
CED 341 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 2
General Studies Course
GSP 105 Natural Sciences I 2
21
Second Semester
Major Courses
ELS 212 American Literature the Modem Period 3
ELS 214 English Literature Neo-Classical Period 3
ELS 222 Intermediate English/Grammar and Composition 3
TFS 232 Basic Non Verbal Communication 2
TFS 234 Basic Choreography and Kinaesthetics 2
TFS 252 Fundamentals of Playwriting 2
General Studies Course
GSP 106 Natural Sciences II 2
Required Ancillary Courses
COS 304 Computer Applications 2
CED 342 Business Development and Management 2
21
Third Year
First Semester
CODE TITLE UNITS
Major Courses
ELS 321 Advanced Prose Composition 3
ELS 351 African Poetry 3
ELS 361 African Fiction 3
ELS 381 Research Methods 2
TFS 341 Introduction to Directing 3
TFS 343 Theatre Administration 2
TFS 371 Scripting for the Media Theatre 2
General Studies Course
GSP 201 Basic Concepts and Theories of Peace and Conflict Resolution 2
20
Second Semester
Major Courses
ELS 312 English Literature: Victorian Period 3
ELS 314 English Literature: Modern Period 3
ELS 340 African Drama 3
ELS 370 History of Criticism 2
TFS 322 Advanced Scene Design 2
TFS 330 Dance Theories and Practice 2
TFS 332 Advanced Acting 2
TFS 344 Stage Management 1
18
Fourth Year
First Semester
CODE TITLE UNITS
Major Courses
ELS 411 American & Afro-American Literature 3
ELS 413 European Continental Literature 3
ELS 461 Studies in Fiction 3
TFS 413 Theories of Dramatic Criticism 3
TFS 451 Major Nigerian Playwrights 3
TFS 455 Advanced Playwriting 3
18
Second Semester
Major Courses
ELS 440 Shakespeare 3
ELS 442 Studies in Drama 3
TFS 404 Oriental Theatre Studies 2
TFS 440 Advanced Play Production 4
ELS 490 Project 6
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Chapter Three

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

ELS 101 Basic Literary Concepts

  2 Units

This course presents the basic issues of the study of literature: what is literary art? The concepts of myth, fable, story, and sequence; the forms of literature; the concept of representation/mimesis; action and modes of action; myth-making; the voices marking the different forms: the narrator in narrative, the speaker in lyric, and the character in drama. This is a prerequisite for ELS 370, ELS 473, and ELS 471.

 

ELS 102 Introduction to Nigerian Literature

2 Units

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the major literary genres of Nigerian literature, the socio-political conditions surrounding them, and such topical issues as literature and ecological change and adaptation. Attention will also be drawn to the changes in scope and preoccupation of the Nigerian literary artist over the years.

 

ELS 103 Introduction to African Literature

2 Units

In this course students will be exposed to the major literary genres of African literature, the socio-political conditions surrounding them, and such topical issues as literature and ecological change and adaptation. Attention will also be drawn to the changes in scope and preoccupation of the African literary artist over the years.

 

ELS 121 Basic Grammar and Composition

3 Units

This course introduces basic elements of Grammar to acquaint the students with the parts of speech in English, the demands of concord and tense in producing grammatical and acceptable sentences. Basic composition, and letter writing, and controlled expression method are also taught. The demands of the time, new trends in technical writing with emphasis on reports, minutes, memoranda, and speech writing are also introduced to acquaint the students with the kinds of writing tasks that they may be faced with.

ELS 123 Introduction to Phonetics

3 Units

Elementary aspects of phonetics and mechanics of sound production are introduced in this course. There is emphasis on the organs of speech and their functions in speech production; basic segmental features of English and their contrasting patterns, together with the use of minimal pairs. The aim is to improve the intelligibility of the students spoken English.

 

ELS 131 Introduction to Oral Literature

2 Units

To be covered are the differences between oral and written literature; the approaches used in the study of oral literature; elements of oral literature; classificatory methods; oral narratives; context, content, performance techniques and literary devices; features and forms of oral poetry; formal and structural devices; composition/performance and the role of poets and poetry in traditional society; folk drama; the epic; oral/traditional criticism of oral literature. This course is a prerequisite for students who register for ELS 222 and ELS 322.

 

ELS 140 Introduction to Drama

3 Units

Students are to be introduced to the dramatic genres, with class reading of texts and seminar discussions of plays and periods. Dramatic elements are to be explained and applied to specific texts. Plays are to be as representative of the various periods as possible. Basic information will be presented about world drama, Greek drama, Roman drama, dramatic criticism, Medieval drama, the Renaissance, Restoration drama, and the Twentieth Century. This course is a prerequisite for ELS 240, ELS 340, ELS 442, ELS 444, and ELS 440.

 

 

ELS 150 Introduction to Poetry

3 Units

The course will expose the students to the practice of poetry from ancient times to the present and equip them to understand poetic terms and be able to analyse any kind of poem using these concepts. Also to be presented are literary periods and movements, elements of poetry, sound of poetry, kinds of poetry, figures of speech. This course is a prerequisite for ELS 351 and ELS 452.

 

ELS 160 Introduction to Fiction

3 Units

The aim is to introduce the student to Literary language and to the organising principles or techniques of fiction through selected short stories and novels. Basic elements of fiction will be defined and illustrated from chosen texts to show how these cohere to yield the given text. This course is a prerequisite for ELS 361 and ELS 461.

 

ELS 211 American Literature: The Beginnings to the Romantic Movement

 2 Units

A selection of American prose and poetry from the Colonial times to the end of the Romantic Movement will be presented. The course explores religious, historical, political, social and romantic concepts that influenced or were influenced by literature.

 

ELS 212 American Literature: The Modern Period

2 Units

There will be selections of American poetry, prose, and drama from 1855 to early 20th Century. Emphasis is on the socio-political climate that stimulated such literary types as Realism, Regionalism, and Naturalism; periods such as the Gilded Age primitivism, etc.

 

ELS 213 English Literature: The Renaissance Period

3 Units

The period covered is from the Accession of the Tudors to the Restoration of Charles II. The course will stress literary movements, themes and major authors.

 

ELS 214 English Literature: Neo-Classical Period

3 Units

The course, which covers the period from the Restoration to the end of the Neo-Classical Age will emphasize convention and realism, and concentrate on the explication of the works of the leading authors of the period; it will highlight the major creative genres and its literary criticism.

 

ELS 221 Spoken English/Lab Work

3 Units

The course covers the theory of spoken English and the laboratory work; models/near models of speech production, and the use of recorded tapes and electronic gadgets. Also to be presented are the features of spoken English; sound articulation: vowel sounds—pure vowels and diphthongs; consonant sounds; non-segmental features; intonation.

 

ELS 222 Intermediate English Grammar and Composition

3 Units

This course involves a detailed study of the English sentence, with the study of clause structure, sentence types and sentence patterns; also to be presented are summary writing, comprehension, word study and vocabulary acquisition, planning an essay, paragraph and theme development, and mistake and error analysis.

 

ELS 232 African Oral Poetry

3 Units

The course will pay attention to the different kinds of oral poetry and the methods of classification and analysis; it also studies the evolution, transmission, and sources, as well as the performance and context of performance of oral poetry. 29

 

ELS 240 Comedy: Moliere to Soyinka

3 Units

A survey of the air of comic drama, highlighting the major features of the genre and the peculiar variations in the works of different authors whose works will be studied.

 

ELS 310 Contemporary African Authors

3 Units

Students will be familiarised with African writers whether based on the continent or abroad whose works are currently gaining critical attention.

 

ELS 311 English Literature: Romantic Movement

3 Units

The course is designed to expose the students to the rich culture of the English Romantic Movement. The works of different English Romantic poets will be examined in detail with a view to bringing out the characteristic features of romanticism.

 

ELS 312 English Literature: Victorian Period

3 Units

The course consists of selections from Victorian prose and poetry that reflect the variety of Victorian life and writing: The Industrial Revolution, socio-political crisis, crisis of religion, faith, and science, emergency of democracy, advent of modern literature and society, contributions to civilization, etc.

 

 

 

 

ELS 313 Greek & Roman Literatures

3 Units

This course covers the period 8th century BC to about 5th century AD, and will involve the presentation of the history of Greek literature and the history of Roman literature; representative works of Greek narrative poetry and drama; Virgil’s Aeneidand Eclogues, and a selection of Roman dramatic and lyrical works.

 

ELS 314 English Literature: Modern Period

3 Units

This period stretches from the middle of the 19th Century to the present, and involves a study of the various literary movements, like symbolism, imagism, impressionism, and expressionism, and the different kinds of literary works associated with these.

 

ELS 316 Old and Middle English Literature

3 Units

The history of Old and Middle English literature; the extant forms; Old English heroic narrative; Old English elegy; Middle English lyric; Middle English drama; the works of Chaucer and his contemporaries up to the early 15th century.

 

ELS 321 Advanced Prose Composition

3 Units

The course aims at developing the students’ skills in high level essay writing, emphasis on originality of style and thought. The topics to be covered include the choice words, idioms and expressions, appropriateness of language to the addressee; different types of sentences; effective use of punctuation for sentence control; reported speech; report writing; the writing of minutes; the long essay; speech writing, letters; invitations, public announcements, and memoranda.

 

ELS 322 History of English

3 Units

A survey of the early development of the English language; the evolution of Old English lexis, phonology, and grammar; the development of the English language in more recent times; spread to American and the Commonwealth; dialectal varieties of English; the different national standards of English: American English, Nigerian English, and others.

 

ELS 324 Phonology

3 Units

This course begins with the study of discrete sound segments and the acceptable sequences in syllables; the concept of the phoneme and allophone; sound patterns in 30

 

connected speech with emphasis on stress, rhythm and intonation; and elementary concepts in generative phonology.

 

ELS 325 Semantics

3 Units

The course will present the scope of the problem of meaning and the traditional explanations of meaning based on reference and the image. Analysis of meaning based on the concept and the speech situation; Saussure’s sign theory; generative semantics; functionalism; inter-lexical relations; pragmatics, and language use.

 

ELS 331 African Traditional Verbal Genres

3 Units

A generic classification of African traditional verbal genres; context, content, mode of performance, artistry, and social relevance; criticism of verbal art. This course involves fieldwork.

 

ELS 332 The Criticism of Oral Literature

3 Units

The three major forms of oral literature will be studied; theories of oral literature; the aesthetic theory of reception; and the traditional criticism of ora1 literature. The course will also involve field work, with interview of the audience and custodians of the art, as well as research methods in oral literature.

 

ELS 333 African Oral Narratives

3 Units

To be covered are the methods of study of narrative; literary and historical narratives; features of narrative; Narratology/language and narration; African oral narratives: content, context, formal and structural devices, performance techniques; forms of African narratives: textual and contextual study; myths, legends, folktale, proverbs, and riddles.

 

ELS 340 African Drama

3 Units

This course focuses on the evolution of dramatic literature in Africa, paying special attention to works of the major dramatists in each of the main regions of the Continent.

 

ELS 351 African Poetry

3 Units

This is a survey course. Representative poetic works of the African Continent from the early Twentieth Century to the present are discussed, together with the various ideas and ideals historically associated with African poetry: nationalism, negritude, protest, socialism, feminism and formalism. The course is divided into periods: the Beginnings, the 1960s and the psychology of disillusionment; protest/poetry of conflict; the self-conscious lyric.

 

ELS 361 African Fiction

3 Units

This is a study of novels by African authors, particularly authors who dominated the African literary stage during the twentieth century. It discusses major themes in African fiction, capturing how these themes chime in with African life and experience. The course will cover the major regions of the continent; the representative novelists of each region, and their works.

 

ELS 370 History of Criticism

2 Units

This is a survey of the approaches to the study of literature, beginning with the Greek philosophers, Plato and Aristotle, the Romans: Horace and Longinus and extending to work of the neo-Classical scholars; the Augustans; the age of sensibility; Romanticism; Walter Pater, Arnold and the Victorians; the New Criticism and neo-Aristotelianism; 20th Century criticism; postcolonial criticism; cultural studies and eco-criticism.

 

ELS 371 Theory and Practice of Narrative

3 Units

This course is concerned with the principles of narratology, the structure, matter, and characters of narration, the techniques and methods, the transmission and processing of 31

 

narrative texts, the kinds and forms of narrative, texts in general, textuality, and the specificity of literary texts.

 

ELS 381 Research Methods

 2 Units

The issues of this course centre on the choice of research topic, identification and statement of the problem, methods of investigation, data collection, analysis, and compilation, acknowledgment and documentation, project format, writing up, and proof reading.

 

ELS 416 Contemporary African Authors

3 Units

The course is designed to make the students aware of literature as an on-going process, and that part of their literary training is to be able to discover and distinguish among the teeming numbers of fictional works being brought out the ones which are literature; it will also bring to their notice writers from different parts of the world who are producing remarkable works of literary art in the different genres at the present time.

 

ELS 418 Caribbean Literature

3 Units

Caribbean literature is quite an important component of World literature. This course aims to present that literature against the backdrop of the culture with its African roots.

 

ELS 411 African-American Literature

3 Units

The aim is to expose students, already familiar with the survey courses, to a more intimate study of selected African-American writers.

 

ELS 413 European Continental Literature

3 Units

Modernism and its new sign-structure: modernist drama, novel, and lyric in Europe; major authors representative of the different European traditions: such as Rimbaud, Appolinaire, Proust, and Camus (France), Hofmannsthal and Rilke (Austria) George, Trakl, Celan, and Thomas Mann (Germany); Kafka (Czechoslovakia) Mandelstam and Solzhenitsyn (Russia); Cavafy (Greece), Machado (Spain), and Pessoa (Portugal).

 

ELS 415 World Black Literature

3 Units

The aim of this course is to ensure that the students of African literature are aware of and can discuss the works of writers from the Lusophone and Francophone regions of Africa which are available in English translations.

 

 

 

ELS 421 Morphology and Syntax

3 Units

The course entails the description of the processes by which the major parts of speech are formed; the differences between inflectional and derivational affixes, as well as the structure of English compounds.

In syntax, attention will be focused on the principles of transformational – generative grammar. The phrase-structure and transformational rules will be studied in detail, and compared.

 

ELS 422 Problems of English in West Africa

3 Units

This is more or less a revision course, phonological, morphological and syntactic problems encountered by West African users of English are studied in detail. The remnants of the subjunctive mood in English and the se-called inclusive language will be given some attention. This course involves fieldwork.

 

ELS 423 Comparative Grammar

3 Units

The three main grammars traditional, structural and transformational – are studied with a view to ascertaining their merits and demerits, similarities and differences vis-à-vis 32

 

language analysis and teaching.

 

ELS 425 Stylistics

3 Units

The emphasis will be on the theories of style, contrasting between affective Stylistics and the critical theory of style. The course will also involve a study of style in relation to the different kinds of text; style and the literary work of art, and levels of analysis, in terms of linguistic properties and in terms of literary properties.

 

ELS 431 Oral Literature & Modern Literature in Africa

3 Units

Detailed study of the differences between oral literature and written literature; a comparative study of African oral literature and modern literature in Africa; thematic elements, stylistic/linguistic elements and motifs; and the genres of literature.

 

ELS 440 Shakespeare

3 Units

This course will provide a survey of Shakespeare’s dramatic and lyrical works, emphasizing contemporary critical approaches. Representative texts covering the comedies, tragedies and histories together with the sonnets and long narrative poems will be studied.

 

ELS 442 Studies in Drama

3 Units

This course involves a survey of from the earliest Beginnings to the present in order to identify their shared properties and patterns. Selections will be from Greek tragedy and comedy, Roman drama, the age of Shakespeare, Jacobean and Restoration dramatic traditions, Modernist Irish and English drama, American and African drama.

 

ELS 444 European Drama since Ibsen

3 Units

The changes which came to be known as Modernism became first noticeable in drama in the later work of Henrik Ibsen. This new drama is found throughout Europe from the middle of the 19th century onwards; and do there will be a selection from a range of dramatists to reflect as much of Europe as possible during the entire period.

 

ELS 452 Studies in Poetry

3 Units

The course will involve a study of theoretical issues in poetry and poetry criticism, with a selection of major and representative works of the Western and African traditions from the Beginnings to the present.

 

 

 

ELS 461 Studies in Fiction

3 Units

The course is organised to demonstrate the historical as well as the aesthetic evolution of the novel as a dominant, literary genre, closest to human experience. Representative novels are selected from each century.

 

ELS 471 Modern Literary Theory

3 Units

This course is concerned with the philosophical inquiry into the understanding of literary art as it has been undertaken since the modernist revolution deriving mainly from the theories of Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, and Husserlian phenomenology, The course will also cover formalism, structuralism, post-structuralism, the feminist movement, and ecological aesthetics.

 

ELS 473 Modern Discourse Analysis

3 Units

The course will focus on discourse theory, the characteristics of discourse, kinds of discourse, the persons of discourse, system texts and textuality, discursive formations and genres, the correlates of discourse, and the instance of discourse. 33

 

ELS 480 Literary Review Writing

3 Units

Literary art, so critical in forming a cultured reading public, is itself sustained and motivated by the literary review. The literary review is the formal way in which the literary work of art is brought to the attention of the reading public, with preliminary discussion of the work. The course will present the different kinds of review; basic criticism; elements of the review essay; and organization.

 

ELS 490 Project

6 Units

The research project is a key element in finishing and rounding off the student for graduation. The student is guided by a senior academic and experienced researcher in the discipline area to the discovery of problems in the discipline, the description and investigation of these problems, data collection, analysis, and collation, and the methods of documentation in the discipline.