World literature

This course allows students to discover new literary interests in the company of other avid readers. Students will explore literature and culture from a range of geographical areas that may not have been offered at school.

Lectures on plays, films, poetry and prose will be given by specialists from the School of Modern Languages who work with Italian, Persian, Spanish, Russian and English literatures. All texts are read and discussed in English.

The style of teaching will follow the traditional British approach in which the discussion and analysis of literary texts is guided by graduate students and teaching fellows. This approach fosters close relationships between staff and students and provides an intellectually stimulating environment within which to develop students' academic skills. Native-speaker instructors will guide students in trying out a language that is completely new to them.

No experience in any of the language areas taught is required – just English and a love of reading.

Students’ writing is monitored and assessed throughout the course, culminating in the submission of an essay on a text or texts chosen in collaboration with their seminar leader. Essays will be read by the director and detailed feedback provided.

Students will receive an official certificate from the University of St Andrews to confirm their successful completion of the course.