MA in English Literature and Cultural Studies

Overview

Nowadays graduate education in English is developing dramatically. This is influenced by the last decade's remarkable ferment in literary and cultural studies. ISU is keeping pace with theoretical and practical developments in both areas and puts particular efforts into developing an innovative range of offerings at the MA level. The program offers students the opportunity to enhance their skills of reading, writing, research, and teaching with courses that encompass a wide range of contemporary English and cultural studies.

Program Educational Objectives (PEO)

  • PEO 1 To give students a solid foundation for building critical and cultural awareness.
  • PEO 2 To open unfamiliar worlds of thoughts and ideas and exciting new ways of thinking before  them
  • PEO 3 To emphasize research and the application of various critical approaches to literature,  composition, and cultural studies.
  • PEO 4 To develop a strong sense of the students’ civic responsibilities so that they will be  motivated to perform these for the cause of social development, with moral values.

PEO to Mission Statement Mapping

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Program Outcomes (PO)

An important role of English departments across the world has been to create interpretations of the  texts of various historical periods, including the present. Accordingly, the courses of the MA in  English Literature and Cultural Studies at ISU are designed aiming at the certain learning  outcomes. Upon completion of the program, the students will be able to:

  • PLO 1 Interpret texts as part of a complex web of historical conditions and relationships.
  • PLO 2 Produce papers on major literary texts alongside nonfiction, functional texts, and public  documents.
  • PLO 3 Effectively teach and critically appreciate comparative texts that highlight differences  across literature and culture as well as the texts of the Western canon.
  • PLO 4 Evaluate film, television, and other storytelling media alongside conventional texts; and PLO5 Build careers in the field of literary and cultural studies and beyond it.


Mapping of POs to PEOs

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Program Objectives

The program aims to give students a solid foundation for building critical and cultural awareness and open unfamiliar worlds and exciting new ways of thinking before them. The Master of Arts in English Literature and Cultural Studies, therefore, emphasizes research and the application of various critical approaches to literature, composition, and cultural studies.

Areas of Concentration

The program deals with the courses on major concentrations ranging from the literary and cultural studies arena developed in different decades.
  • South Asian Diaspora and Its Literature
  • Latin American Literature in Translation
  • Postmodernism in Literature
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • Studies in American Literature
  • Film and Literature
  • Literary Stylistics
  • Creative Writing

Program Learning Outcomes

An important role of English departments across the world has been to create interpretations of the texts of various historical periods, including the present. Accordingly, the courses of the MA in English Literature and Cultural Studies at ISU are designed aiming at certain learning outcomes

  • interpret texts as part of a complex web of historical conditions and relationships.
  • produce papers on major literary texts alongside nonfiction, functional texts, and public documents
  • effectively teach and critically appreciate comparative texts that highlight differences across literature and culture as well as the texts of the Western canon
  • evaluate film, television, and other storytelling media alongside conventional texts

Career Opportunities

The program is intended to expose students to varied facets of English literature and Cultural Studies. This is specifically designed to create diverse professionals including well-trained and well-equipped English language creative professionals and teachers who are increasingly demanded both locally and globally. Many students can also use the degree for professional enhancement, or doctoral study. Apart from these, the graduates can choose their jobs in Bangladesh civil and military services, banks, NGOs, and various corporate levels.

Admission Requirements

  • Successful completion of at least a Bachelor’s degree in English from a reputed university with a minimum CGPA of 2.50.

Course Structure

Course CategoryNo. of CoursesCredit per CourseTotal Credits
Core Courses4312
Major Concentrations5315
Elective Courses236
Seminar and Viva Voce122
Dissertation133
Total13
38

Degree Requirements

The requirements to complete the MA in English Literature and Cultural Studies will depend on the successful completion of eleven courses along with seminar presentation(s), viva voce, and dissertation worth 38 credits that are intended to make the students skilled in essential and related areas of English literature and cultural studies.

Financial Information

Particulars Unit Cost (in Tk.) Total (in Tk.) Mode of Payment
Admission Fee + Form Fee 10500 10500 Once
Tuition Fee (per credit) 1600 60800 Semester-wise
Registration Fee 5000 10000 Semester-wise
Library Fee 1000 1000 Once
Lab. Fee 500 1000 Semester-wise
Student Activities Fee 1000 1000 Once
Total 84300

List of Courses

Core Courses

Course Code

Course Title Credit
MAE 5101 Contemporary Literary Theory and Criticism 3
MAE 5102 Cultural Studies 3
MAE 5103 World Literature and Translation 3
MAE 5104 Research Methods in English Studies 3
Major Concentrations
MAE 6101 South Asian Diaspora and Its Literature 3

MAE 6102

Latin American Literature in Translation 3
MAE 6103 Postmodernism in Literature 3
MAE 6104 Postcolonial Literature 3
MAE 6105 Studies in American Literature 3
MAE 6106 Film and Literature 3
MAE 6110 Literary Stylistics 3
MAE 6111 Creative Writing 3
Elective Courses
MAE 6107 Media and Literature/ Media and Representation Studies 3
MAE 6108 Popular Culture in Literature 3
MAE 6109 Literature and Gender Studies 3
MAE 6112 Eco-criticism, Environmental Justice and Literature 3
Seminar and Dissertation
MAE 6200 Seminar on Recent Trends in Literary Research and Viva Voce 2
MAE 6300 Dissertation 3