Welcome to the course English / Engelska (31-60) 30hp (distans)

On this page you will find information about your course, course registration and more. Here you will also find your course syllabus and the course timetable.

Course information

This course is a half-time course given between weeks 36-23.
Name of course

English 31-90

Course code


Application code

12511 distance 50%


Faculty of Education and Business Studies

Course co-ordinator

Susanne Grees

E-mail: susanne.grees@hig.se

Telephone: 070-3858221

Course administration

Monika Karlsson

E-mail: studentsupport@hig.se

Register on your course!

In order to register on your course, you first need to create a user account. Read more about how to activate your user account in our guide, "Five steps to get started".

If you do not register on time, you will lose your place on the course. Please contact your course administrator before the end of the registration period if you are experiencing problems with course registration.

If you are conditionally admitted you are not able to register on the course yourself.

Period for course registration: 26 aug - 1 sept

About the course

Course syllabus, reading list and timetable

Course syllabus, reading list and timetable

Course organisation and communication

Course organisation

Welcome to ENG308 English 31-60cr Distance 50%!

My name is Susanne Greés and I will be your course coordinator for this course. You are welcome to contact me via e-mail: susanne.grees@hig.se or by phone: 070-385 8221.

For all students attending this course: We will have our first registration meeting on Tuesday 3 September at 16:00 in conjunction with the first British Literature seminar, taught by Marko Modiano. The link to the Zoom meeting will be posted on Blackboard. You must attend this meeting to register for the course. If you have problems, contact me at Susanne.grees@hig.se.
The course will begin in week 36, and continue up to week 03 in January 2020. All of the meetings will be held on-line using Zoom. Students must have a working camera and microphone, and there is information about how to use Zoom on the college website, and a link is provided in the communication section in this welcome letter. Students are expected to attend the meetings, which means that It is not possible to pass this course without attending the meetings and actively participating there. If you cannot attend, it is recommended that you withdraw from the course and take the course when you can participate in the meetings.
The course is broken up into two ten-week periods. The survey course in British Literature will run in the first ten weeks, from week 36 to week 45. This course will meet
every Tuesday afternoon at 16:00 to 17:30, starting on 3 September. Marko Modiano will be your teacher for this module. In total there will be eight meetings for the British Literature module.
In the second two-week period, from week 46 to 03, there will be two modules on offer. A course in Linguistics called Topics in Linguistics (4 cr), and a course in Translation for (3.5 cr) where I will be your teacher for the Translation module. The schedules for these two modules will be posted on Blackboard in the fall four weeks prior to the start of the modules. In total there will be approximately ten to fifteen meetings for these two modules.
In this course, there is focus on the students' ability to express themselves in broad terms and in correct English in both the linguistic and literary disciplines. Students are provided with an opportunity to understand the development of American and British literature in an historic perspective, with a focus on the relationship between form and content, the interrelatedness of literary texts, and the complex links between these texts and their historical contexts. The study of literary terminology continues with an introduction to such concepts of literary criticism as “canon”, “Self”, “discourse”, and “historicity”. Moreover, there is a comprehensive review of central aspects of linguistics, focusing on syntax, morphology, phonetics and phonology, semantics, sociolinguistics and pragmatics as well as language didactics and language acquisition and an overview of the history of the English language. An overview of the main linguistics research methods is presented along with a closer study of the main concepts in syntax. Students are given an opportunity to apply knowledge of linguistic topics and research methods by applying a research method to analyze a particular linguistic topic. The results are presented in an analytical essay which enables practice in scientific writing. writing.
Each module will have on-line meetings that students must attend. There are assignments which must be handed in on time, and final exams, usually take-home exams, at the end of the modules. We will be working in Blackboard, as well as in Zoom, so it is important that students learn how to use these applications.
After completion of your course a web-based course evaluation questionnaire will be sent to your HiG e-mail address. Your answers in the course evaluation are very valuable and your comments will help us to improve and to develop the course for the next implementation. All students registered on the course will receive a course evaluation report where all answers are compiled.
If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact me at Susanne.grees@hig.se.
For those students who want to begin their reading over the summer, we will be reading the following books for the first module, British Literature: The Wife of Bath, Paradise Lost, Romeo and Juliet, Moll Flanders, Pride and Prejudice, Hard Times, Sons and Lovers, and The Wasteland.

Sincerely, Susanne Greés


Students attending courses in English at the University of Gävle are required to attend class in order to receive a passing grade. Studying English at our college does not only involve obtaining subject knowledge, but also improving one’s ability to speak and write English, and this can only take place if students meet their teachers and actively participate in the instruction. Furthermore, most modules feature live, face-to-face, group work in order to accommodate the general course objective that “students should be able to compare and critically evaluate one’s own and others' work”. Failure to participate in such activities will therefore make it impossible to attain a course objective. For these reasons, we require attendance, with only minor exceptions.
All the meetings for this course are online; most of our classes will take place in "online classrooms" via the web conferencing system Zoom. Access to the digital classrooms will be provided through links posted on the course site on Blackboard, and you do not need to download any special software. Please note that you need to have a headset, a microphone and a webcam to be able to fully participate in our Zoom sessions. If you wish to learn more about Zoom and test your equipment, check this info page out: https://www.hig.se/Ext/En/University-of-Gavle/Library/Learning-Center/Web-meetings-with-Zoom.html
On Blackboard, you will find specific information, such as detailed course descriptions, class schedule, teaching materials, course requirements and assignments. A great part of your work will be carried out via Blackboard, too. It is therefore essential that you enroll in the course on Blackboard as soon as you have been assigned a student account (keep in mind that course registration and enrollment in the course on Blackboard are separate things). Follow the instructions under the heading “Five steps to get started”. Once the module has started, you should check the course site on Blackboard on a daily basis. Important information will be posted by your instructors on the first page of the course site (as “Announcements”).
The syllabus (kursplan) is a legally binding document for teachers and students alike. Students should therefore refrain from requesting instructors to change the course content or shorten the reading list, for example.

Cheating and plagiarizing are serious academic offences, which result in failing the module in question and being reported to the college’s disciplinary commission. To learn about plagiarism and get basic information on how to avoid it, please read the attached disclaimer carefully before the beginning of the course; print it, sign it, make a copy/take a picture, and upload it to Blackboard.


Written exams

Written exams

Registration for exams, including re-takes, is mandatory. You can register for exams via Ladok. You need to register at least ten days before the exam date. If you fail to register you will only be able to sit your exam if there is a n empty place in the exam hall.

If you are a distance study student and want to take your exam off-campus, you need to apply to do so at least three weeks prior to the exam date.

Course evaluation

Course evaluation

After your course has finished you will be sent a we-based course evaluation questionnaire via e-mail. Your participation in the course evaluation is very valuable to us and you comments will help improve and develop the course further. All students registered on the course will receive a report of the course evaluation with all comments compiled.

General information

Hig.se/student is our student webpage where you can find useful links and information about your studies. Here you will also find a news feed where we publish study-related news.

IT support
You can contact IT support if you encounter any problems with your user account or any other IT related problems. The IT support is open for visits 09.00-15.00 in the Student Centre, building 22, Monday to Friday. You can also contact them by telephone +46 26 64 88 00 or e-mail itsupport@hig.se

The library is located in the middle of the campus and is open to everybody. Welcome to the library to activate your entrance card as a library card. You can reach all digital resources such as e-books and e-journals after logging in with your user account.

Student support
Sometimes you need help to manage your studies and student life. At the University of Gävle we have several support functions to help you deal with various study-related situations, such as, for example, student health and welfare and support for students with disabilities.

The Student Centre
At the Student Centre you will meet knowledgeable staff who can assist you in just about anything regarding your studies at the University of Gävle. The Student Centre is located in building 22. You can also find a café in this area and a TV displays showing study-related information and the daily timetabling. You can contact the Student Centre by e-mail at studentcentrum@hig.se

Web meetings with Zoom
Zoom are a services for web meetings at the University of Gävle. You usually need a webcam and headset with a microphone.

Publicerad av: Monika Karlsson Sidansvarig: Maria Strand Sidan uppdaterades: 2019-06-17
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