Student Handbook

1. General Requirements

Exigences de la maîtrise

  • 6 crédits de cours obligatoires (LCM5901, LCM5902)
  • 12 crédits de cours LCM optionnels
  • Mémoire (LCM6999)

Un cours de niveau supérieur (3 crédits) d'un autre programme peut être suivi, pourvu qu'il soit pertinent au sujet du mémoire et approuvé par la direction du programme.

Exigences minimales

La note de passage dans tous les cours est de C+ (66%). Les étudiants qui échouent à deux cours (l'équivalent de 6 crédits) doivent se retirer du programme.

Résidence

La période d'inscription obligatoire à temps plein pour les étudiants admis à temps plein est de trois sessions.

Durée du programme

On s'attend à ce que les exigences soient remplies par les étudiants à temps plein en un an. Les étudiants à temps partiel peuvent remplir les exigences en deux ans. Le délai maximum permis est de quatre ans à partir de la date initiale d'inscription au programme.

2. Administrators and Personnel

Graduate programs at the University of Ottawa are governed by general rules established by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Information can be found at: uottawa.ca/graduate-studies/

Program Director of World Literatures and Cultures (for all academic questions) / Directrice du programme :
Prof. Agatha Schwartz
Office / Bureau: ARTS, room 251, Tel: 613-562-5800, ext. 7635; agathas@uOttawa.ca

Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures / Directeur du Département :
Prof. Joerg Esleben
Office / Bureau : ARTS, room 243, Tel. 613-562-5929; jesleben@uOttawa.ca

Academic Assistant (e.g. registration, permission to take a leave of absence etc.) / Adjoint scolaire :
Philippe Villeneuve
Office / Bureau : Desmarais 8147, Tel: 613-562-5800 x3687; pvillen2@uOttawa.ca

Administrative Assistant (TAships and RAships) / Adjointe à l'administration :
Manon Lavallée-Pratte
Office: ARTS 236, Tel: 613-562-5800 ext. 3752; manonlp@uOttawa.ca

3. Important Websites

4. Suggested Course Sequence – Part-time Students

Fall session 2015 / Automne 2015 :

  • LCM 5901 Méthodologies de la recherche interculturelle / Methodologies of Intercultural Research (3 cr.)
  • + 2 seminars from the list of optional courses (3 cr. each)

Winter session 2016 / Hiver 2016 :

  • LCM 5902 Séminaire de recherche / Research Seminar (3 cr.)
  • + 2 seminars from the list of optional courses (3 cr. each)
  • Assignment of a supervisor

Spring/summer session 2016 / Printemps / été 2016 :

  • LCM 6999 Mémoire / Final Research Paper (6 cr.) => Due date for submission of the research paper : July 31, 2016 (see Timeline and Procedures below)

5. Suggested Course Sequence - Full-time Students

Fall session 2015

  • LCM 5901 Méthodologies de la recherche interculturelle / Methodologies of Intercultural Research (3 cr.)
  • + 1 seminar from the list of optional courses (3 cr.)

Winter session 2016

  • LCM 5902 Séminaire de recherche / Research Seminar (3 cr.)
  • + 1 seminar from the list of optional courses (3 cr.)

Spring/Summer session 2016

  • Begin work on LCM 6999 Mémoire / Final Research Paper (6 cr.)

Fall session 2016

  • 2 seminars from the list of optional courses (3 cr.)

Winter session 2016

  • Finish work on LCM 6999 Mémoire / Final Research Paper (6 cr.) (see Timeline and Procedures for the Major Research Paper below)

6. Timeline and Procedures for the Major Research Paper (MRP)

(version française)

The following timeline applies to the full-time one-year progression. If part-time studies or exceptional circumstances necessitate that a student completes his or her MRP in a Fall or Winter session, alternate deadlines will apply.

  • By the end of the Winter 2016 term (April 2016): The student submits the form “M.A. Research Paper: Topic, Supervisor and Reader/Evaluator” to the program director. The form indicates the MRP’s topic, the name of the supervisor, as well as the name of the second reader/evaluator suggested by the supervisor in consultation with the student. The supervisor should contact the suggested second reader/evaluator and receive her/his agreement before the form is submitted.
  • By June 30, 2016: The student submits a draft version of the MRP to his or her supervisor.
  • By July 10, 2016: The supervisor submits the corrected draft version of the MRP to the student who has to incorporate the suggested revisions.
  • By July 31, 2016: The student submits a version of the MRP ready to be evaluated in electronic copy or 2 hard copies (depending on mutual agreement) to the supervisor and second reader/evaluator. The supervisor then fills out the “Major Research Paper Approval” form, and submits it to the director. By this deadline, the supervisor also gives the reader/evaluator a hard or electronic copy of the MRP, along with the “Research Paper Evaluator’s Report” form.
  • By August 15, 2016: The reader/evaluator submits his or her evaluation report and his annotated copy of the MRP (if applicable) to the supervisor. The supervisor then shares her/his own comments and those of the reader/evaluator, as well as annotated copies of the MRP (if applicable), with the student. At this stage, the student must incorporate suggested revisions.
  • By August 31, 2016:
    • If the MRP is deemed satisfactory (with or without minor revisions – categories 1 or 2 on the Evaluator’s Report), the student submits an electronic copy of the final version of the MRP to the supervisor, who then passes it on to the director, along with the signed MRP final grade form. The director then completes the MRP final grade form and forwards it to the academic assistant by or on the deadline of August 31.
    • If the MRP is deemed in need of substantial revisions (category 3 on the Evaluator’s Report), the student must register for another term, complete the major revisions, and re-submit the MRP to the supervisor and reader/evaluator. In order to avoid this from happening, it is strongly recommended that the student work closely with the supervisor throughout the spring 2016 so as to meet all deadlines.

The Major Research Paper: Responsibilities by Role 

Student:

  • Chooses supervisor in consultation with the program director.
  • Chooses second reader for the MRP in consultation with supervisor.
  • Submits the form “M.A. Research Paper: Topic, Supervisor and Reader/Evaluator” to the program director by the end of the Winter term.
  • Works on the MRP in consultation with the supervisor.
  • By June 30: Submits a draft version of the MRP to the supervisor.
  • By July 31: Submits a version ready for evaluation of the MRP to his or her supervisor, in electronic copy or 2 hard copies (depending on mutual agreement) for the supervisor and reader/evaluator.
  • By August 31: Incorporates all suggested revisions and submits an electronic copy of the final version of the MRP to the supervisor. 

Supervisor:

  • Aids the student with finalizing his/her topic and choosing a reader/evaluator for the MRP.
  • Contacts the suggested second reader/evaluator and receives her/his agreement.
  • Signs the form “M.A. Research Paper: Topic, Supervisor and Reader/Evaluator” for the student before the end of the Winter term.
  • By June 30: Receives draft copy of the MRP.
  • By July 10: Makes necessary corrections/ suggestions for revision of the draft MRP.
  • By July 31: 
    • Receives the copy of the student’s MRP ready for evaluation.
    • Fills out the “Major Research Paper Approval” form, and submits it to the director.
    • Gives the reader/evaluator a hard or electronic copy of the MRP, along with the “Research Paper Evaluator’s Report” form.
  • By August 15: Shares her/his own comments and those of the reader/evaluator, as well as annotated copies of the MRP (if applicable), with the student.
  • By August 31: Receives an electronic copy of the final version of the MRP from the student and passes it on to the program director, along with the signed MRP final grade form.

Second Reader/Evaluator:

  • By August 1: Receives from the supervisor a version of the MRP ready for evaluation as a hard or electronic copy (as per prior agreement), along with the “Research Paper Evaluator’s Report” form.
  • By August 15: Provides feedback on the MRP and the completed “Research Paper Evaluator’s Report” form to the supervisor.

Program Director:

  • Consults with the student on the choice of supervisor.
  • Receives the form “M.A. Research Paper: Topic, Supervisor and Reader/Evaluator” from the student before the end of the Winter term.
  • By August 1: Receives the form “Major Research Paper Approval” from the supervisor.
  • By August 31:
    • Receives an electronic copy of the final version of the MRP from the supervisor, along with the completed MRP final grade form.
    • Signs the MRP final grade form and forwards it to the academic assistant.

7. Appendix : Forms

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