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Course content

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.

Course Content

Students take four taught modules (three compulsory, one optional), and prepare a dissertation on a topic of their choice.

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 (not running in Semester 2 of 2017-18) 
  • LXM4026 Sites of Memory in Eastern Germany (not running in Semester 2 of 2017-18) 


  • LXM4011 Visions of the City in French Cinema
  • LXM-4022 Everyday Life in the Banlieue
  • LXM-4035 French Film and Comic Adaptation


  • LXM4012 Translating Spain (not running in Semester 2 of 2017-18)
  • LXM4013 Twentieth-Century Spanish Women’s Writing (not running in Semester 2 of 2017-18)
  • LXM-4036 Monsters of Spain


  •  LXM4034 Memories of violence in Italy


LXM4018 Dissertation (60 credits, compulsory): 20,000 words on topic relevant to chosen language specialism or comparative (to be approved in Semester 1).


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.

Visit the European Languages and Cultures - MA page on the Bangor University website for more details!





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