Translation of the Swedish programme syllabus
Master's Programme in English-Language Literature - Postcolonialism and Multiculturalism, 60 credits
(Magisterprogram i engelskspråkig litteratur - postkolonialism och multikulturalism, 60 högskolepoäng)
Programme code P4231
Academic school School of Culture and Education
Education cycle Second-cycle (Master)
Language of instruction English
Valid from HT 2017 (autumn semester)

1. Validation

This programme syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board at Södertörn University on 2017-03-15 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

2. Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 90 credits in English as the main field of study, or the equivalent

3. Programme outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Upon completion of the programme the student is able to:

  • apply postcolonial and multicultural perspectives to the analysis of Anglophone literature and culture from the eighteenth century until today

  • analyse the relationship between power and language (particularly English) in a global context.

    Competence and skills

  • display advanced knowledge about methods used within postcolonial and multicultural studies to analyze literature and culture

  • display great familiarity with English academic writing conventions and strategies

  • define, delimit and conduct independent academic research projects in the field of English literature and culture

  • critically analyse Anglophone literary texts and other cultural expressions

  • appreciate current theoretical discussions concerning postcolonial and multicultural issues

  • discuss complex academic issues in English

    Judgement and approach

  • take a critical stance in relation to his/her own academic writing and that of others

  • independently reflect upon the relevance of the course content for the his or her own citizenship education.

  • 4. Applicability

    The Master’s programme in English-Language Literature prepares the students for a number of different careers. The students develop academic research skills such as critical and analytical thinking, writing advanced texts in English, and information retrieval. In addition to these general skills, students gain expertise in the fields of multicultural Anglophone literature, culture and theory, and they learn to apply multidisciplinary research methods. As such, the programme prepares the students for a future academic research career. Upon completion of the programme students have knowledge and skills that make them competitive on both the domestic and international labour market.

    5. Qualification

    Title of qualification

  • Filosofie magisterexamen med huvudområdet engelska
  • Degree of Master of Arts (60 credits) in English

    Qualification stipulation

  • Bachelor of Arts with English as the main field of study, and completed course requirements comprising 60 credits within the one-year Master’s Programme. The course requirements include having completed a piece of independent written work (Master's dissertation) of at least 15 credits within the main field of study.

  • 6. Programme design

    During the first semester of the program, theories and concepts that are central to colonial, postcolonial and multicultural literature are studied. In addition, students will enhance their knowledge of the academic discourses of English used to study literature and culture. The whole semester prepares the students for the advanced written project undertaken individually in the second semester (the Master’s dissertation).

    Besides the Master’s dissertation (22.5 credits), the second semester also includes an advanced independent study course (7.5 credits) which is aimed at developing the research question of the dissertation.

    7. Compulsory courses

    Semester 1:
    English Literature and Culture I, 30 credits

    Semester 2:
    English Literature and Culture II: Master’s Dissertation, 30 credits
     A student on a study programme is guaranteed a place on the compulsory courses or on the specializations/courses within the programme. (For entry requirements, see 11, Other Stipulations.)

    8. Optional courses

     A student is guaranteed a place on a range of courses equivalent to a full workload. There is no guarantee that a student is offered a place on his/her first choice of course. For entry requirements, see course syllabus.

    9. Degree project

    Master’s Dissertation, 22.5 credits

    10. Credit transfer for prior studies

    A student has the right to have prior learning assessed for accreditation within the study programme.

    11. Other stipulations

    For entry requirements for courses within a study programme, see course syllabus.