University of the Free State UFS Department of English
University of the Free State UFS Department of English – Check below:
The department consists of two academic streams – one in English Literary and Cultural Studies and the other in Linguistics (co-offered with the Department of Linguistics) – that give students access to a variety of skills fundamental to the analysis of language, literature and culture. Majoring in one or both of these academic streams will offer students extensive training in a range of texts tied to specific historical periods and movements, as well as to local South African and global contexts. Students are further given rigorous instruction in the interpretative, analytical, writing, reading, and oral communication skills at the heart of critical and creative deliberation in contemporary South Africa. This knowledge and skills base provides the foundation from which students can enter national and international conversations in and beyond their chosen areas of specialisation. It also serves as a firm intellectual basis for students who choose to embark on advanced research both at the UFS and elsewhere.
We recently phased in an exciting new curriculum that is the result of an extensive curricular review that took place over the past several years. Our revised curriculum serves our department’s long-standing mission to:
- nurture the critical sensibilities of our students through a curriculum that meets national and international standards;
- value the unique cultural and experiential background of each student;
- facilitate participatory forms of education that will encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning; and
- train students in a range of literacies – including critical, visual, cross-cultural, transnational, and digital literacies – that might contribute to the formation of an engaged South African public.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.
Department of English
Faculty of the Humanities
University of the Free State
PO Box 339
Contact person: Karen McGuire
T: +27 51 401 2275
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