Minor Programme

Tradition and Transgression: Literary and Cultural Representations

master/bachelor (final year)

Faculty of Languages and Cultures

Social Sciences

30 or 32



At least one year bachelor level studies


Engllish, B2 level

Visiting Students - EUR 1500,00; Fee waivers may apply in the case of student exchange schemes like Erasmus; Students wishing to do a single course unit from an Exchange Package can opt to apply for “isolated course units” where the fees range from €40,00 - €60.00 per ECTS credit, depending on subject area.

The Courses

English Literature II - 6 ECTS

In this course we will look at the concept of English Romantic and Gothic literature and then concentrate on some representative Gothic novels of the nineteenth century, examining the cultural, scientific and political environment which helped to shape them. The intersections between the Gothic genre and fantasy, transgression and decadence will be investigated. The linked concepts of narcissism and the double will be central concerns of this course, which will privilege a psychoanalytic and feminist approach.

English Culture II - 6 ECTS

An undergraduate survey class in American Studies focusing on the major historical/cultural issues in American culture and civilization.

English Culture Themes - 6 ECTS

Students should have a general knowledge of 20th century British culture and civilization. They should be able to address cultural issues with critical sophistication, engaging with key authors and texts. They should also have improved their capacity for autonomous research.

Cultural Issues In Europe Today - 6 ECTS

This course unit aims to develop knowledge of Europe as an idea and as an economic, political, social and cultural entity, reflect on the relationship between Europe and its citizens, and understand the role of languages and cultures, and intercultural education, in the development of a European identity.

During the semester, students will:

- learn more about the construction of Europe as an economic, political and social entity;

- understand the multiple dimensions of European culture;understand Europe as a multilingual and intercultural space;

- explore intercultural relations between different European cultures;

- broaden understanding of the status and role of languages in Europe today;

- develop team work skills;

- develop research and critical reflection skills as well as the capacity to analyse, organise and present ideas.

You can choose between one or two of the following courses:

English Linguistics - 6 ECTS

This course aims to develop skills in critical thinking and analysis through tutorial discussion and problem-based exercises, exploring the structure, functions and uses of the English Language, with a view to improving the students' understanding and performance both as communicators and/or translators To develop skills in thinking in theoretical terms while developing a conceptual framework of the English language, by supplying the metalinguistic means for students to be able to think about and describe the English language.

Dynamic Digital Image - 8 ECTS

The specific objectives are linked to the nature of the subject taught - Image Synthesis and 3D Animation Traditional.

The subjects taught are intended to lead to an understanding and mastery of the main tools for 3D modeling, which in large part, the result of traditional techniques of the virtualization industry and decorative arts - the extrusion, the millstone of pottery (solids of revolution ), the technique of Bevel, or the modeling of organic clay (Mesh, Patches and NURBS). The fundamental goal that underlies the module of 3D modeling is the ability to represent three-dimensional objects (imagined or real world) from a set of techniques and digital tools (3D Studio Max) and communicate visually through its volume expressive features. Another specific aim of this discipline is the ability to animate objects and scenarios in accordance with the well-known rules of animation, and be still capable of producing both independent content (3D Movie, integration with video), and also provide content for multimedia applications (simulations, games and interfaces).

Finally, and on the topic of traditional animation, which complements the study of 3D animation hitherto supported exclusively in digital media, we can identify a target, to promote the understanding of basic concepts of animation, its stages, the technological devices and techniques involved in the work of traditional animation.

How to apply

Application procedure is similar to mobility applications, that is, candidates are either appointed by their institutions of origin or the candidate addresses directly the International Office that guides the candidate and contacts the candidate’s institution of origin. Application may be done on paper, by post and by email and is checked by the International Office.

What are the necessary documents?

- application form

- learning agreement signed by the candidate and the institutions of origin

- transcript of records

- photocopy of valid personal identification document (ID card or passport)

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