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MA modules

This page lists the innovative taught MA modules available from expert tutors in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. Most of these modules are normally available to take either as core or optional modules on our own taught MA programmes and many can also be taken as options on other taught MA programmes across the wider Faculty and University.

Please note that some modules may not run if there are insufficient numbers, although in some cases a module could be offered as an Advanced Study Option. You should first check with the Director of Graduate Studies, Prof Ingrid De Smet, if you think you may want to follow one of these modules and if they agree in principle you should then approach the module tutor.

Please note that a module being listed on this page is not a guarantee of availability so you should communicate your interest as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Term 1 modules

LN902 Translation Portfolio (Dr Mila Milani and other tutors, 30 CATS)
This module explores the theoretical challenges that specific genres and types of material (poem, short story, children’s literature, audiovisual and advertising material, newspapers and social media) pose in the practice of translation (Spanish, French, German, Italian and Mandarin Chinese into/from English).

LN906 Research Skills in Modern Languages (Professor Ingrid De Smet and other tutors, 15 CATS)
This module introduces students to essential skills including the use of electronic resources, writing a literature review, creating a bibliography, choosing and writing a dissertation, giving an oral presentation and writing a PhD proposal.

LN914 Translation across Cultures: Concepts and Theories (Dr Caroline Summers and other tutors, 30 CATS)

Term 2 modules

LN911 Critical Skills for the Translation Profession (Dr Olga Castro, 15 CATS)
This module introduces students to current professional practices in the language industry from a critical perspective. As well as becoming familiar with language industry demands, emerging job profiles, translation competence models, the role of technology and the need to specialise, students will develop a reflexive stance towards their position within the current translation job market.

LN903 Trans/national Cultures (Dr Will Amos and other tutors, 15 CATS)
This module explores how concepts are translated, re-interpreted and circulated within, across and beyond national boundaries and probe the limitations of more traditional understandings of national cultures as a homogenous entities.

LN905 Multilingualism and Global Cultures (Dr Will Amos, 15 CATS)
The module will explore multilingualism across a range of socio-cultural contexts including language policy, education, business, and the arts, engaging critically with research in linguistic topology, linguistic landscapes, and translation.

LN910 Translation and Transcultural Encounters between China and the West (Dr Qian Liu, 15 CATS)
This module introduces students to literary encounters between China and the West in the twentieth century, using theories of translation.

LN912 Audiovisual Translation: Subtitling and Global Media (Dr David Orrego-Carmona, 15 CATS)
This module explores audiovisual translation in the context of global media flows and fosters a critical reflection on the evolving role of translators in the audiovisual market.

LN913 Translation, Technology and AutomationLink opens in a new window (Dr David Orrego-Carmona, 15 CATS)
This module introduces key concepts related to computer-assisted translation and machine translation, explores how these technological advancements are changing the professional landscape and provide students with the knowledge, tools, and practical skills to make proficient use of technologies to develop their professional careers in the dynamic translation and localisation market.

Term 3 modules

LN904 Dissertation in Translation Studies (Dr Qian Liu, Dr Sijing Lu and other tutors, 60 CATS). NB. Only for students enrolled on the MA Translation and Cultures.

Not running in 2022-2023

LN907 Critical Theory in Modern Languages (Professor Ingrid De Smet and other tutors)
The module acquaints students with established positions and evolving trends in critical theory and familiarizes them with relevant vocabulary for advanced literary and cultural analysis in the Modern Languages.

LN908 The Lure of Italy (Professor Kate Astbury and other tutors)
The module aims to evaluate the impact of Italy on German and French writers of the Romantic age but also the influence these countries had, in return, on Italy during the last decades of the 18th century and the first decades of the 19th.

LN909 Introduction to European Gothic and Romantic studies (Dr Fabio Camilletti and other tutors)
This module aims to introduce students to types and styles of writing of the Gothic and Romantic period both in Britain and abroad

IT904 Shapes of Knowledge in Early Modern Italy (Professor David Lines)
This module examines forms of knowledge in Early Modern Italy.

PH967 Benjamin, Lukács, Brecht, Adorno: The Search for Revolutionary Aesthetics (Dr Helmut Schmitz)
This Philosophy module explores the materialist critique of bourgeois aesthetics by Walter Benjamin, Bertolt Brecht, Georg Lukács and Theodor W. Adorno.

FR917 Reason and Revolution in 18th-century France (Professor Kate Astbury)
This module considers some of the guiding principles of the Enlightenment and examines how writers used them in the final years of ancien régime France and the first years of the Revolution.

IL908 Memory Studies (Professor Alison Ribeiro de Menezes)
This IATL module asks why research across several disciplines has turned to focus on memory. The aims of this module are to explore memory studies from a variety of angles with a focus on cross-disciplinary perspectives.

MA option modules in other departments

Depending on your MA programme and with the agreement of your DGS or Course Convenor and the module tutor you may be able to take MA modules offered by other departments in the Faculty and wider University.

The Writing Programme (School of Creative Arts, Performances and Visual Cultures)

Centre for the Study of the Renaissance

English and Comparative Literature

Film and Television