Subject specific Modules
Directed Study for Cultures, Languages and Area Studies - 1 and 2
These two 20 credit modules consist of a programme of reading to be agreed with the module director in a field of study within the area of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies.
Research Methods in Linguistics: Language, History and Society
This module provides an introduction to current theoretical approaches and research methods in linguistics, with particular emphasis on the study of language in its historical and social contexts. In the first part of the module, students are introduced to current topics and methods in sociolinguistics, including language variation, language standardization and de-standardizations, and language status, and to methods including data collection (questionnaire design, interview techniques, ethical considerations) and discourse analysis. The second part of the module deals with historical sociolinguistics: how social factors have interacted with language choices and language change in the past. In the final part of the module, students will be introduced to corpus linguistic approaches to investigating language use in the past, but also in the present (e.g. web as corpus, social media). The module is practical in orientation, and students will be required to try out techniques in research design and data collection in the course of the module.
Research Skills in Modern Languages and Intercultural Studies
Starting with the experience of engaging with foreign languages and cultures in a world marked by international relations and transnational exchange and by the legacies of colonialism and imperialism, this module introduces students to the ways cultures interact, exchange ideas, arts and commodities. Considering relevant theories along with case studies that range from the early modern period to the present day, it takes a cross-disciplinary approach to postgraduate study and research in Modern Languages in the areas of linguistics, history, politics, critical theory, literature, film, the visual arts, and culture and media studies. The module programme covers key areas of intercultural studies in Modern Languages: languages and transcultural experience, empires and the (post) colonial world, nation and immigration, cosmopolitanism, multiculturalism and globalisation, and gender and ethnicity. It also provides Modern Languages students with practical research skills which complement research skills training by the Graduate School and the Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts Graduate Centre, e.g. presentational skills, academic writing skills, and career planning.
World Literatures - Texts and Contexts: Introduction to Comparative Literature
The module introduces the discipline of Comparative Literature (theory and practice). This includes introducing relevant theories of world literature, cultural transfer and translation, and the application of such theories to selected literary material from a range of cultural and literary contexts (case studies). By looking at what is considered a key 'classical' text in different literary traditions the module investigates relations between different literary and cultural contexts, including the difficulties of translation between them. The module is taught in English and texts will be read in translation, but students with additional linguistic competencies will be given the opportunity to access the texts in their original language. The case studies come from the following contexts: Western literature (which may be any one of the following: French, German, English or Hispanic), Russian literature, Chinese literature and Arabic literature.
Professional Development modules
All students will take one of the following two modules:
Research Methods: The Laboratory of the Arts
This module builds on the research skills that students will have already developed during their undergraduate degrees and on discipline-specific MA modules. The emphasis in this module is both on ensuring students are possessed of a whole range of practical ways to approach research, and on making students think about the nature of their discipline-specific approaches within a context of growing interdisciplinarity. Students will have the chance to consider topics as varied as academic publishing, digital transformations, and the use of illustrations in dissertations. They will also have the opportunity to hear academics from across the Faculty talk about the problems they have confronted and how they overcame them. The module's primary goal is to engender both confidence in dealing with original research, and a recognition of the huge range of approaches that can be used to address research questions.
Arts in Society
The aim of the module is to prepare students for applying their arts MA across society to enhance their careers and to contribute to wider society. It will demonstrate how the arts can be used to transform society, politics and culture but also to enhance the careers of arts and humanities MA students. Students will be able to explore, explain and then detail how their disciplinary skills can impact upon wider issues to emphasise the applicability of the arts and humanities. From the role of the scholar activist to understanding ‘knowledge transfer’ and ‘public engagement’, the module will support the development of professional skills in preparation for careers within academia or across a range of employment sectors. Students will harness the ways in which the arts and humanities enable us to think differently and to innovate. As such, students will be able to work on issues of research, networking, grant-writing and cultural exchange. Students will also learn how to engage, communicate and create.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.