MA Communication: Language, Literature, Media

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Duration: 3 semesters; full-time and part-time
Eligibility: BAs in English, and the humanities
First preparatory semester for non-English Studies BAs
Completion with an MA thesis

Program Directors: Prof. Dr. Madeleine Danova, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexandra K. Glavanakova

Administrative assistant: Kamelia Syarova, room: 117, tel.: (02) 9308 357
Department of English and American Studies
Telephone: (02) 9308 381; 8468290; 9308 392; 9308348
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MACommunicationSU

Email: mdanov2004@yahoo.co.uk; a.glavanakova@uni-sofia.bg; kamelia_syarova@admin.uni-sofia.bg

Communication: Language, Literature, Media

The MA Program looks at communication from the perspective of the interaction between literature and the media in the globalizing world of computers and the Internet. It aims at introducing the students to the different facets of the study of communication – as a theoretical issue, as a pedagogical and practical tool and as an artistic phenomenon in the highly technologized world of the last century and the cyber world of today. It will deepen the knowledge of the English and American Studies BA graduates of the way literature has become part of the world of electronic communication, of the processes of turning of the “high” modernist literary production into the popular bestsellers of postmodernity, of the blurring of the boundaries between fact and fiction. It will also supply them with the practical skills necessary for their future career development in our “global village”, giving them an opportunity to better their second language and become more media literate, as well as more sensitive to the issues of intercultural communication offering them a chance to take up various internships in media and international organizations. At the same time they will have the opportunity to specialize in the relatively neglected field of teaching a foreign language literature making it possible for them to spend several months as interns at American schools as part of a very successful Fulbright teacher-exchange program. Some of the courses will be taught by Fulbright lecturers and instructors as well.

The students who are not English and American Studies BA graduates but come from other literature, language, culture and history study fields and have a good command of English or have successfully completed the re-training program for teachers in English at the Department will have an introductory module which will help them get fully immersed into the field of the English and American Literary Studies. There is an intensive English language course these students will be required to take as well.

The program is a three-semester one and will be taught on a part-time basis and some of the courses will be offered as e-courses or as part of Summer School programs. The students will finish their studies with the defense of an MA thesis.

The students will be accepted on the basis of their BA grades and the interview they will sit through. For the non-English and American Studies graduates there will a placement test as well.

COURSES

MA Communication Semester I

MODULE ONE: ENGLISH AND AMERICAN STUDIES BA GRADUATESMODULE TWO: NON-ENGLISH-AND-AMERICAN-STUDIES BA GRADUATES
Required coursesRequired courses
ANALYTICAL READING AND TRANSLATION: LITERATURE
Prof. Dr. Vladimir Trendafilov
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
English Language Skills
Seminars: 180
ECTS: 18
ANALYTICAL READING AND TRANSLATION: MASS MEDIA
Part-time assistant professor Margarita Dikanarova (Bulgarian National Radio)
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
Movements and Trends in British Literature
Assistant Professor Dr. Vesselin Budakov
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
NEW TECHNOLOGIES, CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION
Part-time assistant professor Dr. Iona Sarieva (University of Florida)
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
Movements and Trends in North American Literature
Prof. Dr. Madeleine Danova
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
Academic Writing
Dr. Vesselin Budakov
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
NEW TECHNOLOGIES, CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION
Part-time assistant professor Dr. Iona Sarieva (University of Florida)
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
SECOND LANGUAGE
Teaching: 180 Seminars
ECTS: 18: German, Spanish, French
Academic Writing
Dr. Vesselin Budakov
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3

MA Communication Semester II

Required coursesCredited Elective courses
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
Prof. Dr. Madeleine Danova
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3

CONTEMPORARY BRITISH WOMEN WRITERS
Prof. Dr. Vesela Katsarova
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
The British Modernist Experiment
Prof. Dr. Sefana Roussenova
Lectures: 30
Seminars: 15
ECTS: 4
INTRODUCTION TO THE BRITISH DETECTIVE NOVEL
Prof. Dr. Vladimir Trendafilov
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
The Postmodern British Novel: Fiction and Film
Assistant Prof. Dr. Angel Igov
Lectures: 45
ECTS: 4
MULTICULTURALISM AND MULTILINGUALISM IN EUROPE
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Maria Stoycheva, Jean Monnet Chair of Identity and Multiculturalism https://jmonnetmst.wordpress.com/
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
Communication and Literature
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Julia Stefanova, Dr. Lubomir Terziev
Lectures: 30
Seminars: 15
ECTS: 4
Race and Ethnicity in American Culture
Prof. Dr. Madeleine Danova
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
American Novels into Film
Prof. Dr. Madeleine Danova
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
Literature in the Age of the Internet
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexandra Glavanakova
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
Theatre in the Age of the Internet
Dr. Kornelia Tancheva, Cornell University
Duration: 30 Lectures
ECTS: 3
Creative Writing
Dr. Lubomir Terziev
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
Writing and Management of Projects Management
Prof. Dr. Madeleine Danova; Dr. Danail Danov, Media development Center
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
MYTH, LITERATURE, & THE MASS MEDIA
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Julia Stefanova
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
TRANSLATION OF MEDIA TEXTS
Part-time lecturer Margarita Dikanarova (BNR)
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
LETTER WRITING, LITERATURE & COMMUNICATION
Assistant Prof. Dr. Vesselin Budakov
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
LANGUAGES
Seminars: 90
ECTS: 6

MA Communication Semester III

Required coursesCredited elective courses
Narratives of Exile
Prof. Dr. Stefana Roussenova
Lectures: 45
ECTS: 4
Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Culture
Prof. Dr. Madeleine Danova, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexandra Bagasheva
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3

British and American Mass Media

Prof. Dr. Madeleine Danova
Lectures: 45
ECTS: 4
Postmodern Biofictions in Literatures in English
Prof. Dr. Madeleine Danova,
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
GLOBAL CONVERSATIONS: TEXTUALITY IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Global Conversations: Textuality in the Digital Age
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexandra Glavanakova
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
American Popular Culture and Politics
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexandra Glavanakova
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
Canadian Culture and Literature
Prof. Dr. Madeleine Danova, Assist. Prof. Dr. Galina Avramova
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
THE GOTHIC NOVEL
Prof. Dr. Vladimir Trendafilov
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
CINEMA IN THE AGE OF GLOBALIZATION
Lectures: 30
ECTS 3
The Irish Revival
Assist. Prof. Dr. Jonathan McCreedy
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
ANALYTICAL READING AND ENGLISH-BULGARIAN TRANSLATION

Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
ANALYTICAL READING AND BULGARIAN-ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF MEDIA TEXTS
Part-time lecturer Margarita Dikanarova (Bulgarian National Radio)
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
ADVERTISING: A WELL-TOLD TRUTH
Part-time lecturer Daniela Konstantinova (Bulgarian National Radio)
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
ORIGIN AND EVOLUTION OF HUMAN LANGUAGE
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexandra Bagasheva
Lectures: 30
ECTS: 3
LANGUAGES
Seminars: 30
ECTS: 2