The International MLitt in Crossways in Cultural Narratives is a two-year taught postgraduate programme open to both European and non-European students. It is run by an international consortium of the following universities:
- Bergamo, Italy
- Nova Lisboa, Portugal
- Poznan, Poland
- Perpignan, France
- Santiago de Compostela, Spain
- St Andrews, Scotland
- Sheffield, England
- Guelph, Canada
- Tres de Febrero, Argentina
- Tübingen, Germany
- Mexico City, Mexico.
The programme centres on the theme of crossways and cultural hybridisation. Its major discipline is literature with a comparative approach, but it includes modules in aesthetics, history of ideas, semiotics, linguistics and communication. Study at St Andrews focuses on the areas of cultural identities and comparative literature.
- The major focus is on literature, with a comparative approach, but it includes modules in aesthetics, history of ideas, semiotics and communication.
- The truly international programme offers students the ability to study three languages at three different institutions.
- Students plan their own mobility track, or course of study, across two years.
The course is divided into four semesters. Students spend Semesters 2 and 3 at the same university, and Semesters 1 and 4 at two different universities. Please note that students may not choose a mobility track comprising both St Andrews and Sheffield, and they may not spend the same academic year in both Canada and the UK.
Students may choose their modules (subject to final approval by the Crossways Academic Council), or they may choose a preselected pathway of modules.
During the programme, students participate in courses delivered through lectures and seminars which are graded by either continuous assessment, the preparation of a researched dossier or examinations at the end of the semester. At the end of the course, students work autonomously on a final dissertation under supervision by members of the consortium's teaching staff.
Students who study at St Andrews for Semester 2 and 3 have the option of going on a work placement during their second semester or between their second and third semesters. Those on a work placement will write a short 6,000-word dissertation report as well as a 4,000-word academic essay reflecting on their placement.
Students are encouraged to arrange their own work placements at an organisation of their choice. All work placements are conditional upon the approval of the local coordinator.
Further particulars regarding curriculum development.