This unit is an opportunity for you to use your developing research skills to produce an extended piece of writing at postgraduate level. You will select a topic of interest to you, devise a research question or a set of related questions, do extensive reading in primary and secondary sources, design and carry out an appropriate investigation into the research - and write up the results in the form of a dissertation.
Research Methods (Languages)
You will critically review research paradigms methodologies and design aspects of published research, and practise conducting research and reporting findings.
Sound, Structure, Meaning: Describing Language
This unit will provide you with the terminology and techniques needed to describe and analyse language in relation to its sounds, structure and meaning.
Practices (Pathway A only)
The unit sets out to introduce subject specific and professional skills in practice. The unit houses a research seminar series featuring six papers/readings by leading academics and writers which students are required both to attend and to reflect upon via a range of exercises using social media platforms: blogs, Twitter, SlideShare, YouTube or Vimeo. Students will also learn how to develop a web presence for their work (using LinkedIn and other platforms) and will work together to design, organise, publicise and manage an MA conference at which they will present their plans for their dissertation projects. The unit also furnishes students with the skills they require to devise and complete an independent research project.
Likely Optional Units
The Rise of the Gothic
The unit provides a historical overview of the rise of Gothic literature from the Renaissance to 1900 and an introduction to current debates in Gothic studies. Topics to be covered include: Gothic Renaissance (Shakespeare and Jacobean revenge drama); Eighteenth-Century Gothic fiction (Walpole, Lewis, Radcliffe); Gothic Romanticism (Dacre, poetry and visual art); Nineteenth-Century American Gothic (Hawthorne, Poe, Brockden Brown); Victorian Gothic (Emily Bronte, ghost stories, Bram Stoker, H.G. Wells); Critical consideration of debates in Gothic studies about the Female Gothic, queer Gothic, the uncanny and the doppelganger.
Independent Study (Languages)
This unit allows you to pursue an area of interest which is not covered by the other units usually on offer, yet which falls within the area of expertise of one of the teaching team. The specific focus of the unit, the content of the unit, and the precise nature of the assignment will be negotiated between the student, the tutor and the programme leaders. This will be an appropriate topic area within TESOL or Linguistics, perhaps relating to a language other than English, or a specialism not covered by one of the other units.
This unit introduces students to a range of literary, cinematic and theoretical constructions of space, place, nation and the world in contemporary culture. The unit considers the concept of space in the following contexts: Postmodernity and Post-postmodernity; Globalisation, geopolitics and neoliberalism; Nation; The city; Suburbia; Indigeneity; Post- and neo-colonialism; Border spaces and border crossings; Corporate spaces; Virtual and digital spaces. We explore these contexts through a close critical analysis of literary and cinematic mediations of post 9/11 culture and the war on terror, cultural representations of contemporary geopolitics, the US/Mexico border, land abuse in Australia, urban/suburban fears, corporate culture and the logic of marketization, virtual space and concepts of security and risk in a digital culture.
The unit provides a general overview of these concepts in relation to post-postmodernism, and then focuses on issues such as contemporary witnessing, the repression and rewriting of history, postcolonial trauma, and the trace of the past. The unit covers themes including post-postmodernism and meta-modernism, the role of twenty-first-century fiction in the representation of the past, the relevance and future of trauma theory, the im/possibility of contemporary witnessing, the neglect of postcolonial trauma, and the relationship of genre and form to representation (encompassing the novel, film and poetry).
Twentieth Century Gothic
This unit is explores key Gothic texts of the twentieth century and the critical debates that inform our understanding of them. Students will study a range of British and American literary and filmic texts drawn from Gothic submodes (such as the weird and the grotesque) against their historic and cultural context; developments in the representation of the monster (such as the vampire, the zombie and the serial killer); and the most significant debates in modern Gothic Studies.
This unit will equip you to use a range of discourse analytic techniques (manual and corpus assisted) applied to empirical data from the immediate social context.
This unit examines the roles of language and linguistics in a range of educational settings and practices.
Forensic linguistics explores the interface between language and the law, and draws on all levels of language. Through consideration and analysis of forensic data, you will be introduced to key issues specific to forensic linguistic analyses (eg data collection and ethics). You will explore the use of language in linguistic issues arising from key stages of the criminal justice system (including, for instance, during emergency calls to the police, police interviews, and during various stages of courtroom trials).
Language, Culture and Communication
This unit addresses the relationship between language, culture and communication in a globalising world, with increasing transnational flows interacting with changing local complexities.
You will critically engage with different ways of assessing meaning in context, and develop skill-sets to carry out your own pragmatic research at an advanced level.
Social Psychology of Language
This unit examines social-psychological factors and language-based evaluations across social contexts. It covers theories and methodologies for investigating language features, attitudes, and perceptions.
This unit introduces you to the relationship between language, society and identity in relation to factors such as gender, ethnicity, social class, sexuality and age.