Graduate Calendar Archives: 2007 / 2008
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Director of the Institute: Christopher Faulkner
The Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture offers a program of study and research leading to the Doctor of Philosophy in Cultural Mediations.
The Department of English Language and Literature, the Department of French, the programs in Art History, Film Studies and Music of the School for Studies in Art and Culture, and the program in Comparative Literary Studies participate in the doctoral program.
Doctor of Philosophy
The program is designed to support work in cultural theory of the twentieth century and the analysis of a variety of cultural practices across and between the participating disciplines. The program addresses those issues in cultural theory of the twentieth century that inform interdisciplinary work today in literature, film, music, art and new media: the nature of the text and textuality; the nature of representation, interpretation, meaning and affect; cultural identity and hybridity; the role of technologies of production and reception; the formation of the subject and modes of subjectivity; the functioning of ideology; the meaning and ethics of cultural value. Specific works of literature, film and other cultural practices, including new media, will be studied in relation to questions of theory.
There are four fields of study in the program:
The normal requirement for admission to the Ph.D. program in either a full-time or part-time capacity is an M.A. (or a recognized equivalent) in a discipline appropriate to the interdisciplinary strengths of the program. A GPA of 10.0 (A-) or better is required of course work completed at the Master's level.
Appropriate disciplines might include English or French Literature, Art History, Film Studies, Music, Comparative Literature, Anthropology, Canadian Studies, Communication, Geography, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Gender Studies.
Students admitted to the Ph.D. program in Cultural Mediations are required to complete a total of 10.0 credits as follows:
Upon graduation, each student is expected to be proficient in one language (preferably French) in addition to English. Additionally, students will be expected to deal with all material that is their primary object of research in its original language. The graduate coordinator should be consulted about the fulfillment of language requirements.
Students are required to pass two written comprehensive examinations. Each comprehensive has a 1.0 credit value:
All students are required to complete a thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree offered by the program. The thesis must be defended at an oral examination.
All students will be required to prepare, present and defend a thesis proposal before proceeding to the writing of the thesis. The proposal will be discussed and defended before the members of the thesis advisory committee at an oral defense chaired by the graduate supervisor.
The program appoints a doctoral thesis advisory committee, the chair of which shall be the student's thesis supervisor. The committee will consist of at least three members of the university faculty, at least two of whom will be core (or associate) faculty in the program. The advisory committee shall determine when a thesis may go forward for examination.
Doctoral students are required to obtain a grade of B- or better in each course counted toward the fulfillment of the requirements of the degree.
Guidelines for Completion of the Doctor of Philosophy
Full-time Ph.D. students are expected to complete their requirements within six calendar years. Students who undertake the program by a combination of full-time and part-time study must complete their degree requirements within an elapsed period of eight calendar years, as set out in the General Regulations section of this Calendar.
Not all of the following courses are offered in a given year. For an up-to-date statement of course offerings and to determine the term of offering, consult class schedule at: central.carleton.ca
Master's Level Courses
Students may take the equivalent of 1.0 credit at the Master's level.
Students may take the equivalent of 0.5 credit in a related program. Students should contact the supervisor of graduate studies for approval.