Master in Comparative Literature and Cultural Semiotics
This interdisciplinary programme at the Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University, integrates Comparative Literature and Cultural Semiotics. Comparative Literature investigates literary and other texts across national and genre boundaries. Cultural Semiotics, a field with strong traditions in Estonia, gives further tools to analyse texts as voices in cultural communication. The programme combines theoretical courses (e.g. Genre Studies, Semiotics of Literary Space, Postcolonial Theory) with courses in particular literatures and cultures. It includes a large proportion of elective courses, together with supervisory guidance, in order to enable students to follow their individual intellectual pursuits and research interests.
Reasons to choose this programme
Besides a wide range of more usual options, students can study the cultures specifically connected to Estonia: Estonian, Russian, Baltic-German. Another noteworthy strength of the programme is Asian and Middle Eastern Studies offered by the specialist department at the Estonian Institute of Humanities.
Estonia takes special pride in its talents and heritage in Cultural Semiotics. The Estonian Institute of Humanities houses the unique collection of the Estonian Semiotics Repository Foundation that includes the private library and archives of Yuri Lotman and Zara Mints.
Opportunities after graduation
Graduates will be equipped to work in any area that requires strong skills in writing and critical reading, knowledge of languages, different cultures, and mechanisms of cultural interaction. For example, it would facilitate a career in education, cultural diplomacy, media, governance or publishing. The graduates will also be prepared to continue their studies on a PhD level. If desired, we help students find relevant internship opportunities (e.g. teaching, publishers, international academic events), so they can explore their interests and preferences even while studying.
The entrance examination for the M.A. Programme in Cultural Semiotics and Comparative Literature is in the format of an interview that aims to get to know the applicants, their motivation and eligibility. Part of the interview will focus on the applicant’s projected master’s thesis. The interview will be held in English. If an applicant has a significant problem in travelling to Tallinn for the interview, an alternative form of interview can be agreed upon. Four scholarships will be awarded based on the entrance interview results.
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