Durham University

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

MA in Culture and Difference


School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Palace Green

Durham, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA in Culture and Difference

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLAC) houses a vibrant community of researchers, teachers and students. It aims to foster a world-class student experience in all its disciplines, with some 50 full-time teaching staff (including 20 dedicated language specialists). Its research community, which is organised in interdisciplinary groups (Literature, History, Theory; Translation, Linguistics, Pedagogy; Visual and Performance Studies; Culture and Difference), is also home to some 70 postgraduate students.


The MA in Culture & Difference will be concerned with the shaping of identities at borderlines of all kinds. It is interdisciplinary in approach, bringing together colleagues from Modern Languages, Philosophy, Law, Education and Anthropology. It will explore cultural diversity, and beyond that, the human relationship to otherness in its many guises (racial, cultural, gendered, and so on). Drawing on a number of approaches, it will consider the various ways in which otherness has been considered by anthropologists and philosophers, as well as dealing with current issues such as Islamism, European expansion and globalization. It will also explore issues relating to the representation of otherness in literature, film and the media. Sample topics include the ‘discovery' of the New World; primitivism in Modern Art; the Jazz Age; psychoanalysis and alterity: self as other; gender relations. 

Students of this MA will complete three core modules (Thinking Otherness, Europe and its Others and Research Methods and Resources), a dissertation and will also choose one further elective module.



International Student Requirements:

Students for who are non-native speakers of English are required to demonstrate that they have proficiency in the language (IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with a score of no less than 6 in each component).
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