MA in Caribbean Studies: Language/Literatures
Caribbean Studies as an interdisciplinary approach to language, literature and culture is well known overseas, where many foreign universities offer specialised study programmes in it. Here at Cave Hill, we have a multi-disciplinary Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature, and lecturers with expertise in a range of subjects –foreign languages and cultures, comparative literature and cinema studies, socio-linguistics and lexicography, and theoretical concerns including gender and sexualities, different philosophical approaches to aesthetics, the relationship between technology and literature, the role of popular culture, visual cultures and performance. This new programme brings this expertise together under one umbrella so as to make it available to students across disciplinary boundaries but with a Caribbean focus.
How will the new programme equip me for today's world?
Today’s employment environment demands more than in-depth knowledge of a single area; it requires flexibility, the ability to think on your feet, to change direction at short notice and to be creative and innovative, as well as critical, in your thinking. The new interdisciplinary MA in Caribbean Studies will therefore feature the following:
- A genuinely Caribbean-wide scope: You’ll no longer study Caribbean Literature or Theatre, for example, in exclusively French, Spanish or English, but will read texts - in translation or in the original – from all three literatures. Linkages with Caribbean diasporas and with other regions will be an integral component.
- A truly Interdisciplinary approach: Completely new courses, focusing on Visual Culture (painting, cinema, advertising, etc), Caribbean Thought (philosophical and rhetorical writings), Diasporic Literature, Language and Media, Teaching Literature or Languages in the Caribbean classroom, and so on. These courses are designed to open up new ways of looking at familiar territory and to stimulate you to explore and experiment. In turn, this means:
- Co-teaching of courses: Though each course will have a clearly identifiable primary lecturer, you’ll be exposed to different approaches and varied expertise through modules taught by other colleagues from in the Department and beyond.
But will the new MA give me the skills I need for traditional professions like teaching?
Not only does the new MA include specialised courses such as Teaching Literature in the Caribbean Classroom and TEFL/TESOL, it encourages the creativity essential to teaching by making you think outside the box.
Will the new MA give me the grounding I need for a higher degree (MPhil or PhD)?
Just as at present, all MPhil and PhD students (who do not already have an MA) will be required to do four courses at MA level. Higher degree Literatures in English or Modern Languages students, for example, will be able to access relevant courses in the Caribbean Studies MA, supplemented if necessary with specialised Reading Courses. Someone registered for a PhD in French will be able to read in French for at least part of multidisciplinary cross-language courses, supplemented with specialist Reading Courses if they so desire. This way, no-one loses, and everyone gains greater choice and flexibility.
What line of work will the new offering equip me to pursue?
The wide-ranging critical and creative skills cultivated by the new MA are intended to equip graduates to prosper in career areas that entail contemporary understanding of the region, such as advertising, journalism, the cultural and creative industries, teaching, developmental and public service agencies. The programme is also intended to benefit the graduate’s broader humanistic development by cultivating the capacity to analyze critically, imaginatively and constructively.
What do I have to do to graduate?
Four courses (5 credits each) and a final Thesis (15 credits) for a total of 35 credits. The evaluation for courses emphasizes oral presentation, as well as the usual written submissions. The provisional sequence of courses for 2012-2014 is as follows:
The final Research Paper may take the form of a creative project such as a performance, exhibition, film, accompanied by an analysis of the project’s conception and execution.
You may take the programme either Full Time (one year) or Part-Time (two years).