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University of Southampton, Full Time MA Degrees in Languages, Literature & Culture

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This course centres on building the foundational skills required for textual analysis, cultural study, and critical theory, and is designed for those interested in a range of issues, with the dissertation allowing them to focus on a single topic. Read more

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This course centres on building the foundational skills required for textual analysis, cultural study, and critical theory, and is designed for those interested in a range of issues, with the dissertation allowing them to focus on a single topic.

Modules

Research skills; text, culture, theory; dissertation; plus 4 optional modules from: approaches to the long 18th century; cinema, sexuality, spectatorship; 18th-century fiction; feminism and postmodernism; Jewish literature and culture; literature and law; nationalisms and sexualities; postcolonial studies; records of early play; the 20th-century body; towards modernity and after; unknown Jane Austen; Victorian readers and the politics of print; women and writing the French revolution; other relevant optional modules.

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This course allows students to specialise in the history and culture of the long 18th century, through interdisciplinary study encompassing literature, history, philosophy, and visual and material culture; students are introduced to concepts and issues central to current research and study the collection of early women's writing at Chawton House Library. Read more

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This course allows students to specialise in the history and culture of the long 18th century, through interdisciplinary study encompassing literature, history, philosophy, and visual and material culture; students are introduced to concepts and issues central to current research and study the collection of early women's writing at Chawton House Library.

Modules

Approaches to the long 18th century; research skills (in English or history); dissertation; plus 4 optional modules from: 18th-century fiction; English social and cultural life in the long eighteenth century; philosophy and the art of tragedy; slavery and abolition in the Atlantic world; towards modernity and after; unknown Jane Austen; women and writing the French revolution; other relevant optional modules.

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This course provides a focused route for English language professionals wishing to develop a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of English language teaching and gain the skills required to challenge current professional practice and undertake a range of leadership roles. Read more

Summary

This course provides a focused route for English language professionals wishing to develop a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of English language teaching and gain the skills required to challenge current professional practice and undertake a range of leadership roles.

Modules

Communicative language teaching; curriculum and pedagogy for English language teaching; description of language; research skills; dissertation; plus 4 optional modules from: assessment of language proficiency; autonomy and individualisation in language learning; discourse analysis; English as a world language; language for specific purposes/syllabus design; language in society; language teacher education; research and enquiry in applied linguistics 1; second language learning; writing and written language.

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This course analyses the historical, social, cultural and linguistic effects of the traffic across national boundaries, including capital, people, and ideas, focusing primarily on Spanish-, French-, German- and Portuguese-speaking areas (the Americas and Europe). Read more

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This course analyses the historical, social, cultural and linguistic effects of the traffic across national boundaries, including capital, people, and ideas, focusing primarily on Spanish-, French-, German- and Portuguese-speaking areas (the Americas and Europe).

Modules

Core modules: Cultural flows; language, discourse and identity; problematizing the national; research skills 1 and 2; transnational histories, politics, societies; dissertation.

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This course explores the complex cultural histories of literatures in English, including contemporary writing, relationship to other discourses (e.g. Read more

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This course explores the complex cultural histories of literatures in English, including contemporary writing, relationship to other discourses (e.g. law, economics and medicine), national, minority, dissident and diasporic writing, and post-colonial literatures; the course offers training in close textual study, history and theory.

Modules

Research skills; text, theory, culture; dissertation; plus 4 relevant optional modules.

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The MA in Cultural Politics is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to study at the intersection between the creative and professional cultural industries and who envisage a career in the arts and policy worlds, in government, industry or in academia. Read more

Summary

The MA in Cultural Politics is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to study at the intersection between the creative and professional cultural industries and who envisage a career in the arts and policy worlds, in government, industry or in academia.

Introducing your course

This is the course page for MA Cultural Politics at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Cultural Politics and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of MA Cultural Politics.

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.

This MA programme offers a broad and accessible interdisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary cultural politics. Students are introduced to a variety of cultural perspectives and political traditions in addition to the creative interface between these disciplines. Gradually addressing numerous central themes, ranging from mass media culture to the politics of globalization, the MA in Cultural Politics combines the essential themes and leading figures of classical and present-day cultural and political studies along with the latest developments in cultural and political theory.

The MA in Cultural Politics is studied over one year, full-time, and comprises a mix of core and option modules.

Career Opportunities

The MA Cultural Politics is good preparation for any role that requires an extra qualification as a mode of distinction involving research, media, culture, communication, and politics. Graduates pursue opportunities in research, media (journalism), cultural and public policy, marketing, political parties, international organisations, and institutions, business, education and (teaching). Graduates also go on to research degrees (PhD), at either the University of Southampton or elsewhere.

Learning & Assessment

Learning and teaching:

This MA offers students the benefits of being taught jointly by experts in creative and cultural contexts and Politics and International Relations. In this dynamic research environment, you will study the relations between culture, media, and politics, understanding how culture and media become related to political theory and practice, and how politics influences culture and media.
You will experience a directed and diverse mix of lectures and guided seminars during the first two semesters and then work over the summer on a self-directed dissertation.

Assessment:

Assessment is based on a mix of methods, including essays, exams, presentations, seminar research papers, and a dissertation.

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This programme provides students with the opportunity to explore and understand the ways in which English is used and taught on a global scale. Read more

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This programme provides students with the opportunity to explore and understand the ways in which English is used and taught on a global scale. It addresses key issues in global Englishes, including English as a lingua franca, the role of English in education globally, particularly in higher education, language policy and practice, intercultural communication and intercultural pragmatics.

Modules

Core modules: English as a World Language; Intercultural Communication; Research and Enquiry in Applied Linguistics; Research Skills (dissertation)

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With a background in language acquisition, you will be trained in the most current theories and methods in the field and given the practical research skills necessary to continue your studies at doctorate level. Read more
With a background in language acquisition, you will be trained in the most current theories and methods in the field and given the practical research skills necessary to continue your studies at doctorate level. You will have the opportunity to select an area of language acquisition theory in which you wish to develop expertise and we will guide you through the most relevant literature towards independent study on a topic for your extended dissertation.

Core modules: New Directions in Language Acquisition
Optional modules: Research Skills (dissertation); Quantitative Methods; Qualitative Methods I; Research Design and Practice; modules from MA Applied Linguistics
Plus dissertation.

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