English Literature MA | Live Q&A with Rosie White

English Literature MA | Live Q&A with Rosie White



hi and welcome to our session where we'll be in conversation with Rosie white who's covering our English literature courses rosie is going to tell us a little bit more about herself and about the courses we'll have a few minutes at the end to answer any questions so if any of our Facebook live viewers have any questions please feel free to leave a comment there Rosie if you could introduce yourself please hello my name is Rosie white I'm senior lecturer in English at number University and I'm program leader for the MA in English literature and the Mrs in the industry future and at the moment I am afraid have you come loose in my voice is slightly husky and so um if it's okay with you I'll just start asking and getting some questions so what's the main differences between the English literature MA and the English literature mrs course okay so the MA course is a talk program the modules on it are possibly larger more credit heavy than you would experience an undergraduate level and obviously we're teaching to a master's level so it's a step up from a degree but it is right in other ways very similar to a degree program in that you do two modules per semester and a dissertation over the summer the M race program is slightly different in that it's much more research oriented with the M res you don't get modules delivered to you instead you come into the M raised part process of application is doing a proposal for your own project so in a sense the M raise is a kind of mini PhD it's particularly designed for students who are thinking possibly quite seriously about going into PhD study and the M raise project that they work on during that year could be a pilot study longer PhD thesis for example and we quite like that there are all elements to the M race and the M raise in the MA modules cross over so there are modules such as critical contacts and research methods which are respectively first and second semester and those are taken by both M a and M R as students but the mrs students will not have the subject specific modules that the MA students will do so it's much more about kind of thinking about the M and Red's project without say what can perspective students expect from the courses and on the MA all part of it I've described just now so and there is I suppose two sides to the MA first of all one is a kind of critical development or two critical development modules so the first one in the first semester again is critical context which is about nutrient critical theory and getting you to think in more sophisticated ways about how Theory works in relation to literature possibly film in popular culture as well but how theoretical material can help us engage we've can't force a cultural production in the second semester you'll be doing research methods module which will lead into your dissertation project and the MA but the other side of the master's program is our two subject specific modules and from next year we're changing them so this year I'm teaching on one of them which is running this semester semester one at the moment on reading the American man and in semester to our students that we're doing and Ernie one echoes which is an adaptation module next year it's all new we are reinstating some modules that have run before because we have a kind of role menu of subject specialist modules that are run by staff who specialized in those particular areas so from next year we have a gothic theme running through it in the first semester – my colleagues are teaching module called dark tourism which is about as it sounds and looking at the ways in which certain aspects of tourism and texts are looking at dark gothic kind of experiences in the second semester we have another gothic module on running which is called gothic spaces which again is looking at kind of urban environments and how those can be understood through the kind of critiques and tropes that have been developed by gothic fiction and and the theory critical theory that's around it we've kind of touched on the special events and so we can talk about your if you have any favorite modules that you like to teach I – excuse me I teach on two modules on the MA so I teach on this subject specialist module that's running at the moment with my colleague Victoria Basin who leads on it which is reading the American man and we look representations of American masculinity from the sort of mid 19th century right out to the present and it's particularly interesting at the moment because we have some rather perturbing examples in American masculinity on this other side of the Atlantic which keep coming up in conversation and in seminars so I really enjoy that module it's great fun and we're dealing with theories of masculinity as well which is a nice turn you know most people when they think of gender they have to think about femininity that we're looking at of versions of masculinity and how that intersects with American national identities the other module that I teach in – in semester – is the research methods module and that's much more practical it's kind of leading people up to writing there as proposal for their dissertation on the MA and it's it's kind of workshops really and I enjoyed that very much because it's just very practical so it's talking about you know doing presentations the kind of in a sense it's really inducting students into the sort of work that we do as academics so things like writing an abstract for a conference presentation doing a small you know ten minute fifteen minute presentation about your project those kinds of things and it you know we teach it in terms of how it intersects with the professional worth of being an academic so it's very practical I think that works really well and so can you tell us about some typical and maybe not typical career paths that the courses have gone on to give students I mean I suppose there are two typical career paths one is that people often use in MA as I did myself to figure out if they want to go on to further study I into do a PhD maybe think about an academic career so that's one one thing during the year we are advertising I mean as program leader I'm putting up on our electronic learning portal blackboard information about PhD student ships that are rising here and in other institutions in the region and indeed internationally the other standard sort of career trajectory I suppose is that we have a number of people doing their may who either are teachers or would like to go into teaching and I think a masters still has a role to play in that in that point profession I suppose outside of that we've had students who've gone on to do kind of event planning you know that kind of work and I think sometimes actually some of the work on the arez has been released but in that respect one thing that the ma students don't do that n red students do do in collaboration with M residents across the faculty is a module called research development which is if effectively putting on a con they organized a small day symposium they give papers they contact and you know manage a keynote speaker they set up the catering they do everything and it's it's a really useful module I think just for understanding the complexities of dealing with those kinds of events

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