European Languages and Cultures MA
- Name: European Languages and Cultures
- Qualification: MA
- Duration: Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
The course provides students with an extensive grounding in contemporary critical theory and the way it can be applied in a range of European cultural contexts. The course offers the opportunity to specialise in specific aspects of (non-Anglophone) European culture that are close to areas of staff expertise, including history, film, literature and the visual arts. You will conduct an extensive research project of your choice under close guidance in a supportive and vibrant environment.
The course provides ideal preparation for doctoral research across the humanities and social sciences. It also prepares graduates for a wide range of careers in education, the arts, politics and public policy.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
You will take four taught modules in total: three compulsory and one optional. You will also prepare a dissertation on a topic of your choice.
Modes of Critical Theory (30 credits, compulsory): This module takes a thematic approach to critical modes of analysis and critical theories. Up to eleven themes are to be studied in a given academic year, including (but not limited to):
- gender and sexuality
- space theory and travel theories
- performance and actionism
Research Methods (30 credits, compulsory): This includes skills in academic writing, presenting, and conducting bibliographic research in different language areas.
Critical Theory in Practice (30 credits, compulsory): Building on Critical Analysis (semester 1), this module incorporates student-led case studies based on themes studied in semester 1, and requires some target-language academic writing to complement the analysis conducted.
Target Language option module (30 credits) select one from the following options:
German: German Avant-Garde 20/21st Century (30 credits optional)
French: Visions of the City in French Cinema (30 credits optional); French Film and Comic Adaptation (30 credits optional)
Spanish: Monsters of Spain (30 credits optional)
Italian: Memories of Violence in Italy (30 credits optional)=
Dissertation (60 credits, compulsory): 20,000 words on topic relevant to chosen language specialism or comparative (to be approved in Semester 1).
Assessment: Coursework includes short exercises and critical essays on Research Methods and aspects of Critical Theory; 20,000-word dissertation.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the European Languages and Cultures Modules page.
A 2(ii) Honours degree is required, or equivalent qualifications.
IELTS: overall score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is required.
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