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MGUEN503 English 3, module 3 - Diversities and Change in English language, literature, and culture

Course description for academic year 2020/2021

Contents and structure

This module is one of four specialized modules (including the MA thesis) leading to a Master’s degree in English. This module builds on topics covered in English 2 with a focus on diversities and change in English language, literature, culture, and in the classroom.  Students will explore different conceptual frameworks for investigating issues related to diversities and change. The course covers aspects of diversities and change, such as historical contexts and current debates, varieties of English, multilingualism, textual diversity, or issues related to identity. 

Learning Outcome


On completion of the module, students should have acquired advanced knowledge of: 

  • the academic field of English with a particular focus on diversities in language, literature, culture, and in the classroom 
  • points of connection and convergence in theoretical areas related to diversities and change  
  • the academic field of English in a range of past and present contexts  
  • the key concepts of diversities and change 


On completion of the module, the students:   

  • can analyze existing theories, methods and interpretations in the field  
  • can critically reflect on debates and issues related to diversities and change 
  • can work independently on practical and theoretical problems related to diversities and change in English and the teaching of English 

General competence   ​

On completion of the module, students should be able to 

  • analyze and deal critically with academic sources and use them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments 
  • apply knowledge to new areas within the academic field 
  • communicate about academic issues, analyses, and conclusions in the field, orally and in writing, using terminology in the academic field 

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

English 1 and English 2 or equivalents.

Teaching methods

Study methods on the module are varied and could include group work, lectures, seminars, student presentations, and/or regular writing seminars. In this course, the learning of English requires interaction with fellow students and instructors. It is expected that students attend all teaching sessions, sharing the responsibility for carrying out learning activities, thus contributing to a fruitful learning environment. Students are also expected to form study groups independently of the activities led by the instructor.

The reading list may be supplemented with material given in the teaching sessions, and such material can also be tested at the exam. The course demands a certain amount of self-study, as the entire reading list cannot be taught in class.

All teaching is given in English. 

Compulsory learning activities

​​Students who do not receive a passing grade on the mandatory assignment will have one (1) opportunity to resubmit in the same semester, within a deadline set by the instructor. 

Approved assignments are valid for one semester in addition to the semester in which the assignment was approved.   

  1. A project proposal for the MA thesis.
  2. An analytical essay comparing at least two research articles.


Assessment will take the form of a two-week home exam. 

Grades A to F are used in assessment. 

Examination support material

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