Undergraduate 

Comparative Literature MA

Comparative Literature 2A - Frontiers (Crossing Borders) COMPLIT2001

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course aims to analyse the theme of "crossing borders" in geographical, scientific, political, psychological, social, cultural and gender-orientated terms, building on literary skills which students have acquired through study at Level 1. It focuses on the human motivations behind, and the consequences of, various "crossings" as well as the exploration of otherness, secrets, mysteries and taboos.

Timetable

Lectures on Monday and Tuesday at 4pm; seminars on Thursday (choice of times) over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Essay (1,800 words) - 50%

Exam (90 minutes) open exam within 24 hours- 50%

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ analyse the theme of "crossing borders" in geographical, scientific, political, psychological, social, cultural and gender-orientated terms, building on literary skills which students have acquired through study at Level 1;

■ focus on the human motivations behind, and the consequences of, various "crossings" as well as the exploration of otherness, secrets, mysteries and taboos;

■ deal with literary depictions of exile, emigration, travels, love and broadly understood "discoveries";

■ apply the analytical skills students have gained to a wide range of problems which may confront them in different situations and contexts in later life.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ analyse unfamiliar and culturally-different texts;

■ discuss various texts in their historical, cultural and intellectual contexts, and highlight significant affinities and differences between them;

■ write and argue cogently about selected issues/themes without losing sight of a more general, unified framework.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.