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Specialisms include the question of artistic representation of the Nazi atrocities in literature and film, the study of life histories affected by the Holocaust, the responses by German-speaking intellectuals to Nazi politics, and the impact of the Shoah on post-war Jewish culture and religion across the Western world. The MA also provides a thorough grounding in critical theoretical approaches to literary and cultural studies, and makes students conversant with the methods of scholarly research in the humanities and with the resources necessary for that research.
Course aimsThe course aims to : * make students fully conversant with the methods of scholarly research in a humanities discipline and the resources necessary for such research.
* equip students for further study and research.
* provide graduates holding a first degree in a modern European language or languages with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the literature and culture of one or more areas where these languages are spoken.
* provide a thorough grounding in modern critical theoretical approaches to literary and cultural studies.
* provide for graduates without a first degree in a modern European language a programme of study that introduces them to the study of the literature and culture of one or more areas within Europe and/or Latin America, and to be familiar with key primary texts from these areas in translation.
Please note, some information in this section will change for 2009 entry. For details of postgraduate course units currently on offer, please refer to the MA in European Languages and Cultures 2008-2009 Programme Handbook.
Compulsory course units are: Research Methods I and II. Optional course units available may typically include:
* Trauma and Memory in 20 th Century French Life Writing
* Jewish Culture in the German-Speaking Context
* Remembering the Second World War after the Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe
* Holocaust Theology and the Problem of Evil
* Holocaust Representations in Visual Culture
* Cultural Memory and the Holocaust
* War, Conflict and Culture
* Gender and War in the Twentieth Century
* Jewish Culture in the German-speaking Context
For the 30 credits that can be taken from other areas, course units in Jewish Studies may be of particular interest. For a complete list, see Students may also integrate a course unit in practical language study into their programme.