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Registration information

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

Selection: On the basis of previous university credits. Between 30 and 285 credits may be taken into account.

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Master's Programme in English-Language Literature - Postcolonialism and Multiculturalism

Programme 60 credits

The MA programme in English Literature and Culture at Södertörn University has a postcolonial and multicultural profile. In this programme, you develop your knowledge about multicultural Anglophone literature, modern cultural theory, and you work intensively on your academic writing skills in English.

Programme content

Why do many postcolonial authors write in English, and for whom do they write? How was colonialism once justified, and how can we live with its legacy? How has Great Britain been formed by its colonial past? In what ways has the very concept of identity been affected by the waves of migration - either forced or voluntary - which arose in connection with and after colonialism? These are examples of some of the issues you will confront in the study of postcolonial literature and theory.

Postcolonialism is an interdisciplinary field which has developed since the 1970s in English-speaking countries, and especially within literary studies. Multiculturalism is strongly associated with a North American context. At the heart of postcolonialism and multiculturalism are questions of power, language, identity, nationality, history and modernity. In the MA programme, we study the way these questions take shape in the literature, art and film produced in the British Commonwealth, both before and after the fall of the British Empire. We also study multicultural encounters, above all in North America, and relate questions of multiculturalism to postcolonialism. We use postcolonial, multicultural and other modern critical cultural theories to deepen our understanding of the texts we encounter.

In this respect, you, as a student, become familiar with such theories and develop your interpretative skills. The MA programme is one-year.

During the first term you take a comprehensive theory course, a course in academic writing, and courses in Postcolonial and Multicultural encounters. The second term begins with a special topic tutorial you design together with your supervisor, the purpose of which is to prepare you for your final achievement, the MA dissertation.


Degree of Master of Arts (60 credits) in English

After the programme

The MA programme in English prepares you for a research career, but it also gives you general skills that you may find useful if your aim is work in, for example, research libraries, archives, museums, publishing houses or in journalism, development, the NGO sector, or for state agencies.

Syllabus valid from autumn semester 2017

Each semester covers 30 credits. Contents and order are subject to change. The above information and syllabus are based on the most recently validated decision. Any previous versions are available here.


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