MA American Literature and Culture
(Award available for year: Master of Arts)
All MA programmes and modules in the School of English require the following generic intellectual abilities to:- demonstrate in-depth, specialist knowledge and advanced techniques relevant to the discipline and/or to demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of concepts, information and techniques at the forefront of the discipline;- exhibit high levels of skill in the exercise of generic and subject-specific intellectual abilities;- demonstrate a strong understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship;- take a proactive and self-reflective role in working and in developing professional relationships with others;- formulate proactively ideas and hypotheses and to develop, implement and execute plans by which to evaluate these;- evaluate critically and creatively current issues, research and advanced scholarship in the discipline;- research, organise and write an extended research project / dissertation (12,000 - 15,000 words). Skills specific to the MA in American Literature and Culture are: - the identification of past and ongoing critical debates in the field of American Studies;- the development of the student's own knowledge, understanding and ideas regarding American Literature and Culture; - the identification of central issues regarding the individual module topics;- the ability to conduct interdisciplinary work across the fields of literary, film and cultural studies;- the ability to define a research project / dissertation topic from within the field. On completion of the programme students should have shown evidence of being able to:- demonstrate in-depth, specialist knowledge and competence in the techniques of literary and cultural analysis;- have a good understanding of the key literary, historical and theoretical issues in the fields of American Literary and Cultural Studies;- acquire the skills necessary for undertaking a higher research degree and / or for employment in a higher capacity in an area of professional practice.
Transferable (key) skills
Masters (Taught), Postgraduate Diploma & Postgraduate Certificate students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities as defined in the modules specified for the programme:- the skills necessary to undertake a higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity;- evaluation of their own achievement and that of others;- self direction and effective decision making;- independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development;- to engage critically in the development of professional/disciplinary boundaries and norms.
Achievement for the degree of Masters (taught programme) will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will involve the achievement of the students in:- evidencing an ability to conduct independent in-depth enquiry within the discipline;- demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to a complex specialist area;- drawing on a range of perspectives in an area of study;- evaluating and criticising received opinion;- making reasoned judgements whilst understanding the limitations on judgements made in the absence of complete data.