On completion of the course the student will be able to:
- demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of one of the areas of English literature, including familiarity with current research questions of the area or subject
- develop a research question and then independently search for, collect, evaluate and critically interpret and analyze relevant information
- conduct an independent literary study with basic scholarly value, some connection to current research, a relevant choice of method or theoretical application, as well as a clear argumentative drive, based on thoroughly carried out literary analyses within a limited frame of time
- orally and in writing, present and argue for his or her own results showing a high level of communicative competence
- analye and discuss the scholarly work of others by pointing out strengths as well as weaknesses in the form of constructive response.
The course starts with a study of the literary research process, including the choice of topic, research question, methodology or theoretical approach, search for secondary sources, outline and the actual craft of academic writing. The student then carries out an independent literary study of a well-defined and limited problem area which is directly connected to English literature in English. The study is presented in the form of an independently written essay of about 6500-7500 words. The course also consists of practice in the oral presentation and defence of the student’s own results and arguments, as well as of analyses of other students’ work.
The course is mainly examined through the independently written thesis, but the student’s ability to give and take constructive criticism during the work-in-progress is also considered in the final assessment.
Forms of Study
The course is taught in the form of seminars, peer reviews and individual supervision. The thesis is finally defended and discussed at a thesis defence seminar. All teaching is conducted in English.
The Swedish grades U - VG
- English II 30 credits First cycle level 1 or equivalent knowledge
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