Departmental Coordinator (International Students): Dr Louise Green
Department of English
Room 564 (Arts Building, Cnr Merriman and Ryneveld Streets)
Office phone: +27 21 808 3102
The Department welcomes international students and goes out of its way to accommodate them in ways that will provide sufficient credits at their home institutions. Experience has taught us that the 14-week electives (conducted through weekly seminar classes) are the most appropriate for this purpose, but a combination of lecture courses may also be a viable option. International students may select courses from the Department's second-year programme (278), or the first semester of the third year (318), or the second semester of the third year (348). Students may select more that one elective course if they wish. In addition, students who have degrees may also opt to take an Honours module (see under Postgraduate courses for details). Honours modules are semesterised and offered in either the first or the second semester. Most students select one elective for their semester with the Department. Discuss your options with the Course Coordinator. The International Office will advise students regarding credits earned for particular courses.
The Department's teaching programme in the second and the third year is structured as follows:
In any given week there is a series of (big group) lectures and one (small group) seminar for our students.
The lectures are formal presentations on particular themes and all students attend them. Independent study of secondary sources is required. For details on the lecture courses consult the specific prospectus (see above links to academic programmes). The work is assessed by means of a written test.
The seminars or electives are small discussion groups (usually about 15 students) and international students may elect to join any group pursuing a theme that interests them. The work is assessed by means of at least two short written exercises and one longer essay.