MA Critical and Cultural Theory
(Award available for year: Master of Arts)
On completion of the programme students should have shown evidence of being able to:- in-depth knowledge of the theories and histories informing the emergence and development of cultural studies as a discipline;- ability to evaluate critically the concepts, values and debates informing the techniques of cultural theory and history;- ability to use visual- and/or aural-conceptual skills to describe, analyse and reflect on the interpretation of cultural artefacts, objects, events, processes or situations;- awareness of the meta-cognitive reflections on the discipline of cultural studies, its limitations and its engagements with other disciplinary models and discourses;- ability to formulate and structure cogent arguments, analyses and reasoned hypotheses based on appropriate evidence (visual, textual, or other);- ability to develop and advance a sustained, independent project of cultural theoretical or historical research.
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 in industry or area of professional practice;- evaluating their own achievement and that of others;- self direction and effective decision making in complex and unpredictable situations;- independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development;- critical engagement in the development of professional/disciplinary boundaries and norms.
Achievement for the degree of Master (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 on an area of study;- evaluating and criticising received opinion;- make reasoned judgements whilst understanding the limitations on judgements made in the absence of complete data.