Apr 20, 2019  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19

ENG 170 - Crime and Punishment in Literature


Course Description: Through history, writers have been fascinated by criminal acts, those who commit them, and those who bring wrong doers to justice. This course is a survey of literature exploring the criminal mind and society’s response to criminal acts, and it will consider topics such as the causes of crime, the motivations of criminals and crime fighters, rationales for punishment and the desire for redemption. A variety of literary genres will be covered including true crime, fiction, and nonfiction. 

ISLOs: This course supports the development of Written and Oral Communication, Critical Thinking and Social Responsibility.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of ENG 101
General Education Elective(s): Humanities, Literature
Note(s): This course has been approved to meet the Core Curriculum General Education Requirement.

Course Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Read reflectively, perceptively, and analytically to discover major societal themes of crime and punishment in many different types of literature: true crime, fiction, and non-fiction
  • Demonstrate comprehension and knowledge of literary components
  • Express literary concepts orally
  • Create written documents that employ Standard English spelling, grammar, punctuation and capitalization
  • Create analytical responses and essays that develop a central point supported by textual and other evidence

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