Discover, react, and reflect: new MA in world literatures and cultures

Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is proud to offer a new master of arts in world literatures and cultures — the first of its kind in Canada.

This one-year program challenges students to discover, react and reflect on important issues related to intercultural understanding, the shaping of identities, the nature of representation and cultural diversity, and much more.

Drawing on the expertise of over forty professors from the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Social Sciences, students will explore the comparative and interdisciplinary nature of world cultures and arts, both past and present, by studying literature, film, media, sociolinguistics, gender, diasporas and minorities.

The program aims to expand student knowledge of various cultures, and to foster understanding of what unites and what separates cultures and how they are affected by an increasingly interconnected world. Students can expect to gain a better understanding of both their own culture and other cultures, and thus become global citizens who are aware of local, national, and international issues.

Students develop expertise in intercultural communication, and the ability to contribute to informed discussions about identity construction, cultural production and representation in literature, film, the media, and the arts. This gives students the competence to critically apply their knowledge and skills in academia and in public- or private-sector professional situations that require intercultural awareness and sensitivity to cultural heterogeneity.

The program is located in a vibrant setting, namely the National Capital Region, and courses are offered in both English and French. Candidates must be fluent in one official language and have at least a working knowledge of the other. While not a requirement, knowledge of a third language is strongly recommended.

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