Critical theory has become increasingly important as a way of understanding and intervening in cultural debates. The Critical and Cultural Theory (English Studies) programme from University of Leeds will allow you to read the work of critical theorists from different fields and approaches with sensitivity and critical insight, as well as exploring the complex dynamics of literature, culture and politics.You’ll develop your knowledge of research methods in critical and cultural studies through a core module and you’ll choose from a range of options allowing you to explore theories and thinkers that suit your own interests. You can even choose one module from elsewhere in the School of English, giving you the chance to broaden the scope of your understanding.With the support of active researchers and access to our extensive library and research resources, you’ll be able to learn more about the evolution of critical and cultural debates, while gaining high-level skills that are valuable in a range of careers.You’ll learn in a stimulating environment with access to excellent resources for your research. The world-class Brotherton Library has extensive holdings to support the study of literature, and our Special Collections are full of archive and manuscript material. The University Library offers full training to help you make the most of them, equipping you with valuable skills in the process.
A core module in your first semester will develop your understanding of research methods in critical and cultural theory, as well as allowing you to build and improve your research skills. At the same time, you’ll choose from optional modules related to critical and cultural theory, and even have the chance to study one module from the wider range on offer across the School of English. You’ll take another two optional modules in the following semester.
Throughout the programme, you’ll use different theoretical lenses to explore the complex relationships between art, culture and politics with a specific focus on literature. You’ll also specialise in an area of critical and cultural theory of your choice when you complete a dissertation or research project, which you’ll submit by the end of the programme.
If you choose to study part-time, you’ll take fewer modules in each year and study over a longer period.
You’ll generally have two-hour weekly seminars in each module where you discuss the themes and issues arising from your reading, and you’ll be able to enhance your learning by attending the wide range of research seminars and talks by visiting speakers that we arrange throughout the year. You’ll also benefit from supervisions throughout semester 2 with your dissertation supervisor.
However, independent study is a vital part of the degree as it allows you to build your skills and explore your own ideas.
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
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