The MA in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies 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) and focuses on how literature, film and other cultural artefacts in different countries, cultures and languages explore questions of how we construct our past; how collective identities are shaped and challenged, what visions and hopes we have for the future. 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