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Critical Theory is an exciting and dynamic field encompassing diverse intellectual approaches to literature, culture, society, and politics. It entails reflection on the premises, concepts and categories used in different disciplines. Edinburghs programme provides expert-led teaching on the wide range of theoretical approaches that constitute the contemporary critical vocabulary within the humanities.
Seminar-based teaching allows students to critically engage with theoretical approaches as diverse as poststructuralism, postcolonialism, and the Frankfurt School, and with the work of thinkers such as Heidegger, Derrida and Deleuze.
* develop a knowledge and understanding of contemporary approaches to critical theory, taken to include both theoretical and methodological reflection on the object, nature and forms of literary study, and broader questions about the relationship between aesthetic and social enquiry
* deepen their knowledge and understanding of selected themes and topics in a way that enables them to select and execute an independent piece of research
* develop a familiarity with a range of approaches to the theory of criticism, along with an informed understanding of some of the ways in which such approaches have been conceptualised and practiced by scholars, past and present
* gain a grasp of the methodological issues and problems of literary and cultural research and analysis, equipping them with experience of creating original academic work to underpin (where appropriate) further interdisciplinary research at PhD level
COMPULSORY COURSES This DPT has 5 compulsory courses:
* CLLC11003 Research Skills and Methods Semester
* ENLI11046 MSc by Research English Literature I Dissertation
* ENLI11180 Research Methods and Problems in English Literature (for Research Students)
* CLLC11137 Supervised Research in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures 1
* CLLC11136 Supervised Research in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures 2
Two option courses must be taken in total, one in semester 1, the other in semester 2. Students may choose an option from a different collection with permission of the programme director. Option courses to be taken as Class only for zero credits.
Funding for UK/EU students
* In addition to finanical assistance provided by Reseach Councils and charitable trusts, the University offers a number of general and subject-specific funding schemes.
Funding for international students
* In addition to financial assistance provided by UK Government agencies and external funding sources, the University offers a number of general and subject-specific funding schemes.
The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) is home to both traditional subjects such as English Literature, Celtic and Scottish Studies and European Language Studies as well as important emerging fields such as Islamic and Asian Studies.