Comparative Literature – University of Copenhagen

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Comparative Literature

BA programme

Main fields of study

Textual analysis, literary and cultural theory, literary history and the history of modern culture.

Languages of instruction

Primarily Danish. Some courses have been taught in English. The examinations have been conducted in both English and Danish.

Programme requirements

The BA programme aims at giving the students competence in textual analysis and knowledge of literary history as well as general issues concerning comparative literature and cultural theory, e.g. the social and institutional conditions of cultural production, distribution and reception. An outline of literary history from classical Antiquity to today including studies in original texts is also part of the programme, as is a written communication project (worth 15 ECTS). The study programme is international; although the main focus is on European and North American literature, culture and theory, Asia, Latin America and Africa are not excluded.
The study programme is concluded with an individual, written project (worth 15 ECTS).

Professional status

A Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature qualifies the student for positions in both the public and the private sector, usually in communication, publishing, media or the arts. It also qualifies the student for further studies at MA level.

MA programme

Main fields of study

Textual analysis, literary theory, literary history and the history of modern culture.

Languages of instruction

Primarily Danish. Some courses have been taught in English. The examinations may be conducted in both English and Danish.

Access requirements

A BA in comparative literature.

Programme requirements

The MA programme concerns Comparative Literature in its broadest sense and includes cultural theory, e.g. the social and institutional conditions of cultural production, distribution and reception. Studies in original literary texts are also part of the study programme which is international in outlook; although the main focus is on European and North American literature, culture and theory, Asia, Latin America and Africa are not excluded. The student must treat literary topics from a variety of regions, genres and periods.
The study programme consists of a large block of electives (90 ECTS) and is concluded with a Master’s thesis (worth 30 ECTS).

Professional status

A Master of Arts in Comparative Literature qualifies the student for positions in both the public and the private sector, usually in communication, publishing, media or the arts. It also qualifies the student for further studies (PhD level).