Assignments and Methodology

Assignments

Students will take a number of 14 courses amounting to 14 hours per week every year (7 two-hour courses per semester). Students will be expected to produce written papers and oral presentations. Written work for a module is usually in the form of an assignment of around 2,000 words (seven pages), but some modules have different requirements: tutors will give precise details at the beginning of each module. Should an assignment be found unsatisfactory, the student will be given a chance to rewrite his or her paper or re-do his or her presentation. In addition to the above mentioned assignments, students will also write a dissertation of around 12,000 words (approximately sixty pages).

Candidates who have written satisfactory assignments, done satisfactory presentations and successfully presented their dissertations will be awarded a degree of Master of Arts in British Cultural Studies.

Methodology

Depending on the module, most teaching approaches are student-centred, with an emphasis on class participation rather than on lectures. Students in some of the classes will be expected to work in groups and prepare presentations which they must deliver in-class; this may entail using the research facilities available: CDs, DVDs, whiteboard, OHP (overhead projector). Most classes have several clearly defined activity stages and involve some or all of the following:

  • warm-up activities – orientation
  • individual reading  tasks
  • pair-work
  • group discussion and research tasks
  • tutor input
  • student presentations
  • plenary discussion

In addition, reading and/or research tasks are set on a weekly basis and are considered to be a compulsory course component. There may be occasional student-led seminars on topics chosen by the course participants.

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