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Study of Art and Literature (Research), track Literature

This reserach master programme offers the possibility to combine one year research skills (60 ects) with one year specialization in the literature of one’s one’s choice (60 ects), f.i. Italian, German, Dutch, French, English, etc.

Besides the obligatory courses (see below) the student can choose three electives (each 10 ects -> 30 ects) from his or her specialization (f.i. Italian, German, Dutch, French, English, etc.) and combine them with his or her thesis subject (30 ects).

First year

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Approaches to Literature 10

Choose one elective from your specialisation or Interculturality 1

One elective track Literature 10

Choose one out of two periods or Interculturality 1

Early Modern studies: Lucas van Leyden, Art and Literature 10
Modern/Contemp. Studies: Eco-criticism/biopolitics 10

Choose Interculturality 1 instead of your period elective or your specialisation elective

Interculturality 1: Key Concepts 10

Second semester

Methodological Concepts in Art and Literature 10

Choose one out of two periods or Interculturality 2

Early Modern studies: Artistic reflections: Painters, poets and the art of ekphrasis 10
Modern/Contemp. Studies: The Sixties, Literature and Art in the Expanded Field 10

Choose one elective from your specialisation or Interculturality 2

One elective track Literature 10

Choose Interculturality 2 instead of your period elective or your specialisation elective

Interculturality 2: The Global Imagination 10

Second year

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

It is also possible to take an intership or study abroad

First semester

Research Colloquium 'Drama, Dramatization, Theater and Theatricality' 5
Thesis seminar Study of Art and Literature 5

Choose one out of two periods or Interculturality 1

Early Modern studies: Lucas van Leyden, Art and Literature 10
Modern/Contemp. Studies: Eco-criticism/biopolitics 10

Choose one elective from your specialisation or Interculturality 1

One elective track Literature 10

Choose Interculturality 1 instead of your period elective or your specialisation elective

Interculturality 1: Key Concepts 10
Traineeship or study abroad 20

Second semester

Thesis seminar Study of Art and Literature (continuation) 5
MA Thesis Study of Art and Literature 25

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Objectives
Programme
Master thesis and requirements for graduation

Objectives

Knowledge and insight

The integrated Research Master programme in the Study of Art and Literature has three main objectives. First, it seeks to provide students with a shared methodological and theoretical basis and to broaden their scope by adding a comparative element. These objectives will be realized in the compulsory team-taught common courses in the program. Second, the program will also allow students to acquire sophisticated knowledge and technical expertise in the area of their specialisation. This objective will be realized in those parts of the programme that are track-specific. And third, the programme wants to train the students as independent researchers. Although obviously this third objective will be part of each section of the programme, it will receive particular and separate attention in the tutorial that will prepare the student for his or her final thesis, the thesis seminar, and the seminar in which the students will be asked to present the results of their thesis and to write a research proposal for future research (a PhD-thesis) in the last semester.

Skills

Graduates of this programme are able

  • to independently identify and collect the literature and (historical) sources of the field using traditional and modern techniques;
  • to independently study the literature, art works etc., and sources of the field and to judge their quality and reliability;
  • to formulate a clear and well-founded thesis and to subdivide it into convenient and manageable parts of the problem;
  • to give a clear and well-founded oral and written report of research results meeting the criteria of the field;
  • to initiate and conduct a research project under expert supervision at the entrance level of national or international subsequent education.

Also see: http://hum.leiden.edu/students/regulations.

Programme

Structure

Students follow courses within the Research Master Study of Art and Literature, track Literature but also elsewhere in the Faculty of Humanities. Some of the Research Master courses are offered jointly by the Research master’s Study of Art and Literature, track Art History. The two-year programme’s structure is as follows:

First semester

All students take the course in ‘Approaches to Literature’, which provides an overview of literary theories from classical antiquity until present day. In addition, students take two elective courses:

  • one elective course is an interdisciplinary Research master course from their period of specialisation (Medieval/Early Modern Studies or Modern/Contemporary Studies)
  • one elective course (research seminar) is from the discipline of specialisation, for instance English, German, Dutch, Literature, TCLA, Italian, French etc.
    It is possible to change one of the elective courses for the Research master course ‘Interculturality I’.

Second semester

This semester consists of the course jointly followed by both tracks of the Research master’s Study of Art and Literature ‘Methodological Concepts in Art and Literature’, which builds on the first-semester course on Approaches to literature. In addition, students take two elective courses:

  • one elective course is an interdisciplinary Research master course from their period of specialisation (Medieval/Early Modern Studies or Modern/Contemporary Studies)
  • one elective course (research seminar) is from the discipline of specialisation, for instance English, German, Dutch, Literature, TCLA, Italian, French etc.
    It is possible to change one of the elective courses to the Research master course ‘Interculturality II’.

Third semester

Students will follow a Colloquium (5 ec) and a Thesis seminar (5 ec).
Then they take one elective (10 ec) from their period of specialisation (Early Modern studies or Modern/Contemporary studies) and one elective MA course from the discipline of specialisation (10 ec).
Or they can follow a special study abroad program/ internship (20 ec).

Fourth semester

There will be a continuation of the thesis seminar (5 ec) and students write their thesis (25 ec) under the supervision of an academic member of staff.

Masterthesis and requirements for graduation

The thesis is a written report of research which the student carries out under supervision by a lecturer but with a high degree of independence. In principle, the thesis must be of sufficient quality to be published in an academic journal in the relevant field. The thesis for this master’s corresponds to 30 ec, which generally corresponds to a maximum of 30,000 words including notes, bibliography and appendices.
Besides the masterthesis (30 ec) the student has to have successfully completed the prescribed courses up to 90 ec.

Also see: hum.leiden.edu/students/regulations.