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 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.
What will I study? Students take four taught modules (three compulsory, one optional), and prepare a dissertation on a topic of their choice.
Course structure Semester 1:
LXM4002 Research Methods (30 credits, compulsory): This includes skills in academic writing, presenting, and conducting bibliographic research in different language areas.
LXM4001 Modes of Critical Theory (30 credits, compulsory): This module takes a thematic approach to critical modes of analysis and critical theories. Up to six themes are to be studied in a given academic year, including (but not limited to):
Memory Self / Other Aesthetics National Identity Conflict Performance Space / City National / Cultural Boundaries Theories of Language Semester 2:
LXM4031 Critical Theory in Practice (30 credits, compulsory): Building on Critical Analysis 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):
LXM4007 (Non)conformity in the GDR LXM4026 Sites of Memory in Eastern Germany LXM4008 Writing Austria LXM4029 German Memory Pathologies French
LXM4010 From Decadence to Dada LXM4011 Visions of the City in French Cinema From 2013/14 Noirs de France: Immigration, Integration and Identity From 2013/14 From Surrealism to Street Art: Art, Politics and Everyday Life in France Spanish
LXM4012 Translating Spain LXM4013 Twentieth-Century Spanish Women’s Writing LXM2020 Watching Spain: Visual Representations of the 20th Century Italian
LXM4016 Italian Romanticism LXM4017 Twentieth-Century Italian Short Fiction Summer:
LXM4018 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.