15 Credits AUTUMN

Pre-requisites: MDL619, MDL621

Aims/Description: The aim of this module is to respond with maximum flexibility to the interests and requirements of individual students of the MA in Modern Languages and Cultures programme. Its purpose is to enable students to engage with topics such as literature, linguistics, cultural studies, politics, society, migration or gender studies, as appropriate to their interests, and through a programme of consultation and/or seminars, as appropriate to the number of students. Students will examine issues in one or more languages, cultures or societies depending on their background and interests. Languages/cultures that can be studied or contrasted include those of the Francophone world; Hispanic and Lusophone world (inc. Spain, Portugal, Catalonia, Latin America) the Germanic world; and the Russian and Slavonic world (inc. Czech Republic, Russia and the former USSR) and Luxembourg. In consultation with an appropriate member of staff (the module supervisor), students will identify an aspect of their chosen field of interest, and work with the intended supervisor to devise a study plan and an exhaustive bibliography in their chosen area. The method of assessment will be agreed between the student and the supervisor, as appropriate for the level of study. The normal length of the essay will be 4,000 words, but this can be divided up into two 2,000 word essays per semester.

Staff Contact: Dr Lena Hamaidia
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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