The MA in Comparative Literature and Cultural offers students the opportunity to engage in the comparative study of a range of world literatures and cultural practices in a combination that is currently unique in Ireland. It aims to foster and develop critical inquiry into the function and social resonance of literature, art and culture (including popular culture). Successful completion of the course will provide you with an internationally recognised professional qualification, widely applicable research and communications skills, and a comprehensive understanding of current issues and debates in the comparative study of literature and culture.
Aims and objectives:
- To broaden and deepen students' knowledge of world literatures and cultural practices and their cultural, political and historical contexts
- To familiarise students with developments and current debates in the comparative study of literary and cultural practices
- To train students to carry out independent research in the field of comparative literary and cultural studies and to enhance their skills in critical analysis
- To enhance students' communication skills, in particular to deliver oral reports and to write well-informed essays with clarity and grace
- To enhance students' career opportunities, including the provision of the knowledge and skills required to proceed to doctoral degree studies
The MA consists of core and optional modules and requires the submission of a dissertation. Full-time students complete six taught modules of 9 ECTS credits each, two 3-ECTS credit modules (a research methodology module and a thesis writing module), and a dissertation in one year. They will take four modules in the first semester and four in the second. Part-time students normally take two modules in a semester as they work over a two-year course of study.
The programme combines lectures, seminars, guided reading, individual consultation with relevant lecturers, essays, guest lectures, student seminar presentations and individual library-based research. Students also undertake a research dissertation under the guidance of a supervisor on a topic of their choice in the area of comparative literature and cultural studies (ca 15,000 words, Summer Semester)