The Curriculum for Master of Arts (MA) in American Studies

Academic Study board for English and American studies
Programme titles:
  • cand.mag. i amerikanske studier
  • Master of Arts (MA) in American Studies
ECTS value: 120
Cities: Odense
Semesters: Autumn
Effective date: 01-09-2020
Effective for students enrolled as of: 01-09-2017

Version: Archive

§ 1 - Description of the Programme

§ 1.1 - Programme

Language

English

§ 1.2 - Aim of Programme, including any professional profile and specialisations

The Master´s degree program in American Studies 

The Master’s degree program in American studies is a full-time course of study representing 120 ECTS.

The objective of the program is to give students a range of discipline-specific and discipline-related competences – including joint Humanities competences.

All master´s degree programs permit successful graduates to apply to a PhD program.

Competence description

The aim of the Master's degree program in american studies is to provide the student with qualifications through discipline-specific and discipline-related proficiency, knowledge and methodology.

The master's degree program represents the full academic expansion of the student's overall course of study. Qualified candidates will have achieved academic and professional compe-tencies, which will qualify the students to carry out a wide range of business functions.

The program´s competence objectives are divided into general and discipline-specific competences. The general competence objectives are the broad competences the newly graduated student has acquired following completion of the program, while the discipline-specific competence objectives relate to the program´s core academic competences. With reference to the "New Danish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education", objectives are divided into knowledge, skills and competences:

General competence objectives:

The candidate must:

  1. be able to delimit and define an academic issue at a high academic research level
  2. be able to exhaustively examine, analyse and resolve academic issues utilising relevant academic theories and methods, while incorporating current international research
  3. be able to systematize complex knowledge and data, as well as select and prioritize factors that are significant for the subject
  4. critically assess the subject's various theories and methodologies
  5. demonstrate a precise and consistent application of concepts
  6. be able to reason at a scientific basis
  7. be able to initiate and implement an academic dialogue
  8. be able to focus and establish coherence in the resolution of tasks
  9. take a critical stance on sources used and document these using references, notes and bibliography
  10. employ language - in writing and/or verbally - that is subject-oriented, precise and correct
  11. communicate research-based knowledge and discuss complex scientific issues in a way that is relevant to and comprehensible for various target groups.
  12. be able to manage work and development situations that are complex and that demand innovative approaches and be able to cooperate, including being able to receive and give constructive criticism
  13. be able to work independently, disciplined, structured and targeted, including complying with deadlines and formal requirements
  14. employ IT as a tool for both information retrieval as well as verbal and written communication

The coherence between the qualifications framework for higher education, the competence objectives of the course of study and the individual subject element learning objectives are set out in appendix 1. The discipline-specific competence objectives are set out in the section course of study.

§ 1.3 - Didactic, pedagogical basis and contact to research environment

Students' opportunities for contact with relevant research environments
In American Studies, student opportunities for contact with researchers as well as participation in research-like activities are based, among other things, on the following:
  • the high degree of research-based teaching
  • guidance in relation to course assignments and theses by researchers who teach on the course of study
  • student opportunities for discussion with, and guidance by, researchers who regularly teach on the course of study, during the researchers´ weekly office hours

Humanities model for active learning and activating teaching
The Humanities model is a platform for the development and design of active teaching and active learning at the Faculty of Humanities. With this, the Humanities model expresses the University of Southern Denmark´s educational principles - activating teaching and active learning. The model takes as its point of departure the insight that active learning is achieved through participation in several different forms of instruction and activities. It also shows how teaching can be activating in various ways.

The Humanities model is based on various forms of teaching activities being held in different learning spaces or “rooms”, defined by university teachers´ and students´ respective roles and responsibilities.  The model highlights that students have different tasks and roles in the course of their studies, including participation in various activities and submission of a variety of projects/deliverables.

Student study activities are organised and framed in four rooms:



The university teacher plans and performs activating teaching, including 
  • the incorporation of all four rooms, taking into account the particular subject's learning objectives
  • clarification of the responsibilities students have in relation to their participation in the different rooms
  • supporting students´ acquisition of the study skills required to work in the different rooms

The teacher thus reflects over which activities take place in each of the four rooms, and how those activities link to the subject's objectives and testing. Program leaders will ensure that, overall, students have activities in all four rooms in each semester, as well as that teachers´ specialised skills and areas of strength are exploited in the best possible way in the implementation of the model.

The model highlights that students have various types of responsibilities, tasks and roles associated with participation in different study activities. It is expected that students deliver/submit various types of products and output in the different rooms. Students thus become aware of and familiar with different study activities and assignment forms.

Classrooms where the teacher has planning responsibility and is present
This learning space will typically host lectures and group lessons with activating elements, field trips and workshops in which students are actively involved, for example, through asking questions, reflection, note taking, and contributing to discussions in groups and in plenary sessions.

Here, for example, brainstorming, reflection questions, quizzes, preparation of concept maps, may be activating elements that the instructor can make use of.


Study rooms where the teacher has planning responsibility but is not present

This study room will typically encompass group work, exercises, problem-solving and similar activities, the frame for which will be set by the teacher and where students actively participate.

Examples of activities include work with working questions about the examination syllabus, logbooks, contributions to blogs or wikis, gathering material for individual or group portfolios, fieldwork, etc.


    Classrooms where the teacher is present, but students have planning responsibility for concrete component activities

    This learning space will typically encompass group presentations, guidance and question and answer sessions and similar activities within the framework of the course. Students actively participate by, for example, presenting student papers, responding to their fellow students´ papers and if applicable taking varying oppositional roles, initiating and preparing guidance. In all cases there may be individual as well as group-based work.

    This learning space can, for example, accommodate group presentations, flipped classroom, peerfeedback, case- and problembased learning, project guidance and question and answer sessions.


    Study room, where students have responsibility for planning, and the teacher is not present

    This study room includes the students ' independent studies, active participation in self-organized reading groups and joint exam preparations, preparation of assignments and other study products.


    The Humanities model is a general model that applies to all courses of study that belong under the Faculty of Humanities. The model is both a description of existing practices on humanities courses, where activating pedagogical forms already play a major role, and a point of reference in relation to the further evolution of teaching at the faculty. The study board for the individual course of study will determine in detail how the model is to be embodied for the particular course.

    § 2 - Enrollment

    § 2.1 - Legal claim for admission to the Master´s degree programme

    For the Master's degree program in American Studies (120 ECTS), this includes the following undergraduate courses:

    • The Bachelor degree program with key subjects (135 ECTS) in American Studies

    § 2.2 - Admission requirements to the Master´s degree programme

    The following Bachelor degree programs from the University of Southern Denmark and from other universities also offer access to the Master's degree program in American studies:

    • English 
    • History 
    • Journalism 
    • Negot English 
    • Business language and media (if the business language is English) 
    • Business language and IT (if the business language is English) 
    • Business language in two foreign languages (if one foreign language is English) 
    • Political science 

    Applicants must have attained at least B level English in the qualifying examination.

    § 2.3 - Other grounds for admission to the Master´s degree programme

    Students with academically related BA/BSc qualifications may be admitted to the Master's degree program in American Studies following a concrete assessment. For individual bachelor degree programs the following requirements with respect to the subjects and subject-related scope must be met: 

    A) History and society: Subjects and topics such as anthropology, sociology (including comparative social description), historical analysis, international politics and international economics and political science and political structures and

    B) Culture: subjects and topics such as literature, cultural history, intercultural relations, cultural analysis and media. 

    Students must have achieved a minimum of 60 ECTS in total with a minimum of 10 ECTS in each “part” (A and B). A portion of this ECTS requirement can be met by inclusion of the stated subjects in the BA project. 

    Applicants must have attained at least B level English in the qualifying examination. Since all instruction and all examinations are in English, a high level of spoken and written English is a prerequisite.

    Students with a minor i American Studies are able to apply for acceptance for the Master's Degree Programme in American Studies if they fulfill the admissions requirements as mentioned above.


    General provisions:

    The university can admit applicants on a different basis from those set out in the sections

    if it is considered that the applicant has academic qualifications comparable with this, and the university estimates that the applicant can complete the programme.

    § 2.4 - Supplementary studies

    General provisions

    The university can decide, that the applicant must complete supplementary programme activities either before the commencement of studies or at latest during the first year after admission.

    Reference is made to § 28 point 2 and § 29 point 4 in the ministerial order on enrolment. 

    § 3 - Structure and Progression

    § 3.1 - Overall construction and structure

    The Master’s degree program in American studies (120 ECTS) consists of

    • Constituent subject elements, 110 ECTS 
      - including Master´s thesis, 30 ECTS 

      • Elective subjects, 10 ECTS

      § 3.2 - Course of study

      KA American Studies (120 ECTS) admitted 2020

      KA American Studies (120 ECTS) admitted 2019

      KA American Studies (120 ECTS) admitted 2018

      § 3.3 - Connection between admission requirements and the first year of the programme

      For the bachelor programs that lead to admission to the Master's degree program in American Studies, students must have acquired certain competences in the field of American history/society and/or literature/culture and possess some fundamental skills in the English language. These competences will be further consolidated in the first semester. Precisely because there are quite a number of undergraduate degree programs that give admission to the Master's degree program in American Studies, during the first half of the first semester great efforts are made to ensure all students reach a common level. All subject elements in this semester are compulsory. In addition, two of the subject elements are divided into two parts. In the first half of the semester, instruction will cover a broadbased area focusing on fundamental, key themes in American literature/culture and history/society. Precisely in order to facilitate the transition to postgraduate study, this instruction on a broad-based area will conclude with a midterm examination with pass/fail grading. This will be followed in the second half of the semester by a course in which students specialize in a subject that allows for deep immersion in research.

      Continuity within the individual years of the course of study (cross disciplinary) 
      First year: During the first two semesters, students will take 6 mandatory subject elements. 

      First semester: "Theory and Method in American Studies" establishes a theoretical and methodological foundation. Parallel to this, students take "Topics in American Literature" and "Culture and Topics in American History and Society". These two subject elements introduce students to a number of key themes in American culture and American history, respectively. Students also take “American Studies in Practice”. This course invites students to consider career opportunities with an American Studies degree, and students partner with a business or an organization in designing and solving a real-life project. 

      Second semester: In this semester, students take “Perspectives in American Studies”, in which a number of themes are elucidated from both a literary/cultural and a historical/social aspect. A strong focus in this course is on the scholar’s craft – how do we approach the research process theoretically and methodologically and how do we create the final product? As such this course builds on the first semester course, "Theory and Method in American Studies", and prepares the student for subsequent courses and especially the Master Thesis in the fourth semester. Parallel to this, students take “Communicating American Studies”, which focuses on the dual objective of obtaining a solid research-based proficiency in an American Studies topic, and communicating that knowledge to peers and non-specialists. In the second semester, students also take the first of four optional subject elements (more on this below). 

      Second year: 
      Third semester: In the third semester three additional optional subject elements follow. The idea with the optional subject elements is that the students have the opportunity to “shape” their course of study in addition to the core subject competences which the compulsory subject elements offer. 20 ECTS (two courses) can also be substituted for a practical experience with a business or organization. This latter option builds on “American Studies in Practice” from the first semester and “Communicating American Studies” from the second semester.

      The fourth semester is given over to thesis writing. Thesis writing can also be undertaken in collaboration with an external partner (business/organization). 

      Each subject will be examined based on the most recent examination syllabus. 

      § 4 - Course descriptions

      § 4.1 - Course Descriptions

      Profile divided course descriptions 

      KA American Studies (120 ECTS) admitted 2020

      KA American Studies (120 ECTS) admitted 2019

      KA American Studies (120 ECTS) admitted 2018

      § 5 - Examination provisions

      § 5.1 - Study Commencement Test

      The Study commencement test consists of the following elements:

      • Participation in and completion of an e-learn course
      • Participation in the first lesson of the semester in American Studies in Practice
      All elements must be passed in order for the Study commencement test to be passed. For more information on the test please read section 4 Course Descriptions Study commencement test. If the student does not pass the study commencement test the enrolment is discontinued.


      General provisions concerning the Study Commencement Test
      The Study Commencement Test must take place no later than two months after programme start, and the result must be reported to the student no later than 2 weeks after the test. If the test is not approved the student has the option of participating in a re-test that will take place no later than 3 months after programme start. The student has two attempts to pass the test at the beginning of the programme.

      § 5.2 - Spelling and writing skills (major written assignments)

      When grading Master’s theses and other major written assignments, in addition to their academic content, emphasis must also be placed on students' spelling and formulation skills, irrespective of the language the assignment is written in. 
       
      The spelling and formulation skills applied in examinations, theses and thesis summary must be included in the overall assessment of the assignment in question, but academic content must be given the greater emphasis.

      § 5.3 - Internal and external examinations

      Examinations can be either internal or external.

      External examinations are graded by one or more examiners and by one or more external examiners appointed by the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education.

      Internal examinations are graded by one or more teachers (examiners) appointed by the university from among teachers at the university. 
       
      Written examinations held at the university with the grade pass/fail and written home assignments with the grade pass/fail will only require a co-examiner if a teacher has graded the assignment as failed, or if the teacher is in doubt about the grade given. This applies irrespective of the fact that it is stated in the academic part of the curriculum that it is an "internal examination with two examiners". 

      § 5.4 - Teaching and examination language

      For subjects that are offered in Danish, the language used for teaching and examination purposes will be Danish, unless another language is mentioned in the examination requirements for that discipline. If the teaching of the course requires it, or it is necessary to take account of the participation of international students in the teaching programme, the study board can decide that the teaching and/or the language of the examination in certain circumstances can be a foreign language. 

      The language of teaching and examination is English for those courses that are offered in English, unless another language is named in the individual course description.

      In subjects offered in Danish, the examination will be in Danish, unless the objective of the examination is to document the student’s ability in a foreign language. The examination can take place in Swedish or Norwegian instead of Danish, unless it is an aim of the examination to document ability in Danish. 

      If subject teaching has taken place in a foreign language, the examination will be held in that language, see the examination requirements for the specific discipline, unless it is an aim of the examination to test the student’s ability in Danish. The study board can make an alternative decision regarding this, see the examination requirements for the specific discipline. 

      The study board can, where possible, allow a student, to take an examination in a foreign language. This does not apply if the aim of the examination is to document the student’s ability in Danish or a specific foreign language.

      § 5.5 - Forms of teaching and examination

      Principles for choice of teaching and examination forms

      Underpinning the choice of teaching and examination forms at the American Studies MA program is the Humanities model for active learning and activating teaching.

      All courses in the Master's degree programme consist of the student’s study activities reflecting the competences required by the examination, so as to alternate between the strengthening of written and oral, and informative and scientific competences, all of which provide the best basis for educational progression. 

      The aim of the course is to foster the student's abilities in written dissemination, oral dissemination and collaboration based on a high academic level. The student will therefore experience a continuous interaction between the various study activities between the courses, but also within a given course. It is the responsibility of the individual university teacher to ensure that the activities are related to the objectives and method of assessment of the course, while study management shall ensure that the student is generally activated in all study activities during each semester.

      Description/definition of teaching and examination methods

      Participation in classes: Examinations, which are given based on participation in classes, require active, regular and satisfactory participation in the course of study in question. By active is understood participation in the compulsory activities connected with the teaching (general preparation, oral presentations, minor written assignments, etc.). The university teacher specifies at the start of the course what is meant by active participation, including how many assignments must be prepared. By regular is understood participation in at least 80 % of the classes offered. By satisfactory is understood that the written presentations and assignments are evaluated as passed.

      Registration of participation in the course takes place via the e-learning system or written protocol. The preferred method is announced at the start of the course. Students may only register participation in a given class if they have been physically present in the room during the entire class.

      § 5.6 - Specific regulations regarding examinations

      Elective subject

      Depends on the chosen subject.

      Thematic Course

      The teacher announces in the curriculum which of the following forms of examination are used in the course and this will stay the same for the entire course. The form of examination for the course must be approved by the Study Board. 

      Examination type 1: 

      Method of assessment: Free take-home assignment
      Duration: 7 days
      Extent: 15 - 18 standard pages, see General regulations concerning form
      Several students may contribute to answering: No
      Grading: Internal examination, two examiners
      Assessment: The 7-point grading scale. If the academic content or the linguistic presentation is evaluated below 02, the exam is not passed.
      Weighting: 10 ECTS

      Re-examination as above. However, the teacher must approve any revised problem formulation.

      Examination type 2:

      Form of examination: Compulsory take-home assignment
      Duration: 7 days
      Extent: 15 - 18 standard pages, see General regulations concerning form
      Several students may contribute to answering: No.
      Grading:Internal examination, two examiners
      Assessment: The 7-point grading scale. If the academic content or the linguistic presentation is evaluated below 02, the exam is not passed.
      Weighting: 10 ECTS

      Re-examination as above.

      Language of instruction and examination for the programme

      For general provisions, reference is made to Teaching and examination language

      For a number of disciplines on the master's degree program a separate grade for language is not given, but the examination can only be passed if the language skills and presentation are at a level of at least 02/passed. This rule may be waived, following approval by the study board for English and American Studies, for students who take one or more disciplines as part of another course of study at SDU or at another Danish University and without obtaining a degree in American Studies.

      General provisions
      Reexamination takes place in the same way as the ordinary examination unless specific requirements concerning the re-examination are stated.

      Transfer of spent examination attempts upon enrollment at SDU
      Upon re-enrollment at a programme at SDU, previously spent examination attempts will be transferred to the resumed enrollment if courses are identical. If the allowed number of examination attempts have been exhausted enrollment cannot be granted unless the relevant academic study board grants a new examination attempt.

      § 5.7 - Irregularities during examinations

      Disciplinary measures may be taken in cases of examination cheating or disruptive behaviour during exams, cf. Rules regarding disciplinary measures for students at the University of Southern Denmark.

      § 5.8 - Special examination conditions

      The university may offer special examination conditions to students with physical or mental disabilities and to students with a mother tongue other than Danish when the university finds it is necessary to equate these students with others in the examination situation. It is a prerequisite that the offer does not change the examination level. Reference is made to § 7 in the the ministerial order on examinations and grading.

      § 5.9 - Conditions for participation in classes and examinations

      There are no conditions for participation in classes or examinations unless otherwise stated in the description for each discipline.

      § 5.10 - Digital examinations and aids during examinations

      Digital examinations
      All written examinations held at the university are digital, i.e. are written on computeres, unless anything to the contrary is indicated in the descriptions of the academic disciplines. The University of Southern Denmark's rule set for written examinations is applicable to examinations held at the university and written on computers.


      Aids
      It is apparent which aids may be used from the examination provisions for the individual subjects.

      Generally, it applies that the use of

      • all file sharing services (including, e.g., Dropbox, Google Docs, Bb Content System)
      • all social media (including, e.g., Facebook, Messenger)
      • all communication

      is ALWAYS forbidden during examinations, regardless of whether the internet is permitted as an aid.

      Oral examinations:

      It is clear from the examination provisions whether the aids may be used during the preparation time and/or during the examination.

      • No aids: You may bring writing materials and a calculator
      • All written aids: You may bring books, articles, compendia, notes, assignment papers, dictionaries (printed), calculator
      • All aids, minus Internet: You may bring (in printed, written and electronic form) books, articles, compendia, notes, assignment papers, dictionaries (CD-ROMs and the like, as well as printed), computer, calculator
      • All aids plus internet (however, no communication): You may bring (in printed, written and electronic form) books, articles, compendia, notes, assignment papers, dictionaries (CD-ROMs and the like, as well as printed and online versions), calculator, computer, as well as internet

      Written site exams:

      • No aids: Writing materials (including PC without internet access), calculator and digital pen
      • All aids, minus internet: (in printed, written and electronic form) Books, articles, compendia, notes, assignment papers, dictionaries (CD-ROMs and the like, as well as printed), calculator, digital pen
      • All aids plus internet: (in printed, written and electronic form) Books, articles, compendia, notes, assignment papers, dictionaries (CD-ROMs and the like, as well as printed and online), calculator, digital pen, as well as internet

      § 5.11 - Individual examinations and group examinations

      Examinations are arranged individually or as group examinations. Notwithstanding the arrangement of the examination, an assessment of the student’s individual performance must be given, and an individual grade must be given.

      It will be apparent from the academic part of the curriculum, if an examination is arranged as a group examination. If an examination is arranged as a group examination, the examination requirements for the specific disciplines will also clearly state what the maximum number of students participating in the group may be and whether students have the option of choosing an individual examination.  

      If a written assignment does not meet the requirements relating to individualisation or other formal requirements laid down in the individual course descriptions, the assignment can be rejected. In case of an assignment is rejected, an assessment will not be given and the student has used an examination attempt, reference is made to § 24 point 3 in the ministerial order on examinations and grading.

      The reader is referred to § 4 in the ministerial order on examinations and grading and to the examination requirements for the specific disciplines.

      § 5.12 - General regulations concerning form

      Written assignments 

      It is stated in the examination requirements of the specific discipline how long the individual written answers to the examination questions should be. The length is given in number of pages or in the number of characters: One standard page is equivalent to 2400 characters, see Terminology of the programme.

      In the calculation of the number of standard pages in an examination answer, the characters are counted from the first character in the introduction up to and including the last character in the conclusion. Footnotes are included. Tables are also included in the number of characters.

      The following are not included:

      • The front page
      • Table of contents
      • Abstract (summary)
      • References
      • Appendices
      If the minimum number of characters is not reached, or the maximum number of characters is exceeded, (see the examination requirements of the specific discipline) the written assignment is rejected and the student will have used one attempt, see § 24 point 3 in the ministerial order on examinations and grading.

      Standard cover page for examination assignments
      Standard cover pages must be used for all written assignments (including written home assignments). The cover page is available at SDU´s e-learn platform in connection with delivery of the assignment. Failure to use the standard cover page leads to rejection of the assignment and the student will have used one examination attempt, see § 24 point 3 in the ministerial order on examinations and grading.

      § 6 - Credit transfer and exemptions

      § 6.1 - Pre-approval of credit transfer prior to enrollment

      As part of the enrolment process, the Academic Study Board must consider applications for credit transfers cf. § 32 of the ministerial order on enrollment.

      § 6.2 - Pre-approval of credit transfer

      The Board of Studies shall examine applications for credit transfer in advance if a student, as part of his/her education, wishes to:

      1. take courses at a foreign institution of higher education,
      2. take courses at other Danish universities or
      3. take other courses at SDU than those included in the programme regulations in which the student is enrolled and which have not already been approved by the Board of Studies as part of the elective offer.

      Reference is made to § 47 in the ministerial order on degree programmes at universities.

      § 6.3 - Credit transfer

      In individual cases, the Academic Study Board can grant credit transfers for subjects taken, for instance, at another university. General provisions regarding credit transfers must be submitted to the Dean.

      A credit transfer for a Master’s thesis that constitutes the foundation for a designation in a graduate programme cannot be granted for a new designation in another graduate programme.

      The reader is referred to § 46 in the ministerial order on degree programmes at universities.

      § 7 - Provisions on the organisation of the programme

      § 7.1 - Registration for and withdrawal from subjects and examinations

      The rules for application to subjects and examinations at SDU apply to Bachelor, Master’s and vocational Bachelor students at the Faculty of Humanities.

      In addition to this the following applies:
      Master’s students on a Master’s course standardised to 120 ECTS points are automatically enrolled on a dissertation of 30 ECTS which takes place over the 3rd and 4th semester, when they have passed 40 ECTS points of their Master’s programme, see § 3 point 4 in the Regulations for applying to subjects and examinations at SDU. It is not possible to withdraw. Furthermore, see Master´s Thesis.

      The subject matter offered is always in relation to the most recent curriculum. A common examination is offered and a re-examination in direct relation to the subject matter taught. The third examination attempt is offered after the next usual taught course. The examination is always based on the most recent curriculum, including the most recent syllabus.  

      Following § 8 in Regulations regarding enrolment on subjects and examinations at SDU regulations are established for 2nd and 3rd attempts at subjects that are being phased out or are no longer offered. Students who do not pass the common examination must apply to take the re-examination (2nd attempt) in the same examination term, or in immediate continuation of this. Withdrawal cannot take place. Students who do not enrol themselves will be enrolled by the university. Students who do not pass the subject at the re-examination must enrol for the 3rd attempt in the next examination term after the last common offer of teaching (e.g., if the last offer of teaching was spring 2016, the third examination attempt is offered in the examination term winter 2016/2017.) It is not possible to withdraw. Examination always takes place in relation to the most recent curriculum, including the most recent syllabus. 

      The regulations regarding the withdrawal of subjects and the enrolment onto the 2nd and 3rd attempts apply unless otherwise stated in the specific course description or in the interim provisions of the study programme. See Interim provisions.

      In the case where enrolment on a subject requires that a previous subject has been completed and passed, the student who has not passed at the 1st and 2nd attempts, has the option of enrolling for a re-examination in the same examination term (3rd attempt). The University must ensure that the 3rd attempt in the required subject is examined before the common examination in the later subject.

      § 7.2 - Permission to take courses at postgraduate level


      § 7.3 - Deadline for completion of the study

      Please refer to § 6 point 2 in the ministerial order on degree programmes at universities.

      For Bachelor and Master’s students at the Faculty of Humanities, the SDU´s Rules for latest completion of bachelor, professional bachelor and Master´s programmes apply. 

      § 7.4 - Requirements for study activity

      Please refer to § 20 in the ministerial order on examinations and grading.  
       
      For Bachelor students and Master’s students admitted to the Faculty of Humanities on September 1st 2015 or later, the SDU's regulations regarding Student activity apply.

      Students must have passed examinations in a total of 45 ECTS points every academic year. The demand is administered as an accumulation of study activity. 

      In addition to the above-mentioned rules for study activity, the university will end the enrolment for students who have not passed at least one examination for an uninterrupted period of at least one year. The Study Start test does not meet this requirement for study activity. The Board of Studies may grant exemption from the above-mentioned requirement for study activity if extraordinary circumstances exist. If it is ascertained that there has been a lack of study activity after the first study-year, the student will be contacted with offers of guidance and possible support measures for resuming study activity.

      § 7.5 - Master´s (candidatus) thesis

      The Master’s thesis is a major, independent home assignment that must document the student's competences in the application of scientific theories and methods when working with a defined academic subject.

      The thesis comprises 30 ECTS points and has a length of 60-80 standard pages. See Terminology of the programme for closer stipulation regarding what is included in the project. 

      The thesis must include an abstract in a foreign language. Reference is made to § 26 point 2 in the ministerial order on examinations and grading. Length and language of the abstract, see the discipline description for the Master´s Thesis.

      The thesis must be begun and submitted within the following time frames:

      • The thesis time frame runs from the beginning of the semester (1 September/1 February), even though the thesis statement and supervision plan have not yet been approved. 
      • If a student fails to submit a thesis within the deadline established, he/she will have used one examination attempt. Deregistration is not permitted. 
      • If the student's thesis cannot be approved or he/she fails to submit it within the deadline established, a new deadline of three months will be established. At the same time, a new thesis formulation within the same subject area must be approved. This is described in detail below. If the thesis is not submitted within this deadline, the student will have used another examination attempt.
      • The student may then make a third examination attempt in accordance with the same rules that apply to the second examination attempt. 
      • The Academic Study Board can grant exemption from the deadlines mentioned above when unexpected circumstances occur. 
      The reader is referred to Section 27 subsections 7 and 8 of the Ministerial Order on University Study Programmes (Uddannelsesbekendtgørelsen) and Article 14 of the Ministerial Order on University Examinations and Grading (Eksamensbekendtgørelsen). 

      According to the rules, the head of studies must approve the thesis statement, the deadline and the supervision plan. 

      Implementing the rules at the Faculty of Humanities 

      1. Deadlines

      1a. The following deadlines apply to students who are writing theses in the spring semester:

      a) During the enrollment period for the autumn semester (May), the student must enroll himself/herself for the thesis project with a deadline of June 1st of the following year (for example, enrollment in Autumn 2017 leads to a deadline of June 1st 2018). If the student has not enrolled himself/herself, the institution will ensure that the student is enrolled, see Registration for and withdrawal from subjects and examinations. This applies irrespective of whether a contract has been agreed or not. 

      b) The student must apply for subject not later than November 15th, and according to the local rules of the programme state the name of a supervisor. In case the student omits to apply for a subject, the student is contacted and is informed of the consequences of his/her choice: the possibilities of getting the requested supervisor assigned is reduced, the thesis period runs from February 1st, regardless of whether the contract is signed or not, and that the student will use up one examination attempt if the thesis is not submitted on time. 

      c) As soon as possible after applying for subject and not later than December 1st the student is informed on which supervisor he/she has been assigned. The subject, must, in this context be approved by a supervisor. 

      d) On January 15th at the latest a thesis project contract must be agreed. If the contract is not agreed by the deadline, the student will be contacted and be informed of the consequences of his/her choice: the thesis period runs automatically from February 1st, and the student will automatically use up one examination attempt if the thesis is not submitted on time.

      1b. The following deadlines apply to students who are writing theses in the autumn semester:
      a) During the enrollment period for the spring semester (November), the student must enroll himself/herself for the thesis project with a deadline of January 2nd of the following year (for example, enrollment in Spring 2017 leads to a deadline of January 2nd 2018). If the student has not enrolled himself/herself, the institution will ensure that the student is enrolled, see Registration for and withdrawal from subjects and examinations. This applies irrespective of whether a contract has been agreed or not.

      b) The student must apply for subject not later than June 1st, and according to the local rules of the programme state the name of a supervisor. In case the student omits to apply for a subject, the student is contacted and is informed of the consequences of his/her choice: the possibilities of getting the requested supervisor assigned is reduced, the thesis period runs from September 1st, regardless of whether the contract is signed or not, and that the student will use up one examination attempt if the thesis is not submitted on time. 

      c) As soon as possible after applying for subject and not later than June 15th the student is informed on which supervisor he/she has been assigned. The subject, must, in this context be approved by a supervisor. 

      d) On August 15th at the latest a thesis project contract must be agreed. If the contract is not agreed by the deadline, the student will be contacted and be informed of the consequences of his/her choice: the thesis period runs automatically from September 1st, and the student will automatically use one examination attempt if the thesis is not submitted on time. 

      2. The thesis process

      The thesis process is divided into three stages.

      Stage 1 Information and supervision before the thesis semester 
      During the third semester of graduate studies, students are offered a course/workshop that provides general advice on writing a thesis and supervision on the options for specific subject selection. 

      Stage 2 Establishing the subject area of the thesis and contact with the thesis supervisor
      A project description and a supervision plan are established together with the thesis supervisor with the aim of entering into a Masters’ thesis contract. 

      In general terms, a project description includes the following elements:

      • Working title
      • Problem statement
      • Disposition
      • Outline of theories and literature
      • Outline of empirical data
      • Reflection over methods
      • Work plan
      Based on the work plan, the student and the thesis supervisor draw up a supervision plan containing the dates of supervision meetings and milestones for the thesis project.

      Stage 3 The Masters’ thesis contract
      The Masters’ thesis contract includes the following elements
      • Contract cover page
      • Supervision plan
      • Project description
      The dissertation contract must be submitted via the digital general platform.

      When approving the contract, the thesis supervisor certifies that the project description lives up to the requirements in the curriculum. The thesis supervisor is also obliged to ensure that the project description and the supervision plan are not so comprehensive as to make it impossible for the thesis to be written within the stipulated time frame. 

      The head of studies approves the project description, the submission date and the supervision plan.

      By agreement, the student and the thesis supervisor can make minor adjustments to the project description and the supervision plan on condition that the thesis can still be completed within the stipulated time frame. If there are more substantial changes to the project description or a change of supervisor, the student must apply to the study board.

      3. Supervision 

      In accordance with Section 27 subsection 7 of the Minsterial Order on University Study Programmes (Uddannelsesbekendtgørelsen) a supervision plan must be approved. When writing a thesis in the humanities the student is entitled to 10 hours of supervision. The drawing up of the project description and the supervision plan, the supervision itself and the preparation time of the supervisor are included in the 10 hours.

      How and when the supervision is given is established in the supervision plan. The supervisor and the students must jointly ensure that the supervision is spread across the entire thesis process. 

      In the event that the thesis is not submitted or if the thesis does not receive a passing grade the student must contact the supervisor in order to draw up a revised project description.

      Examples on how to schedule the supervision
      • 5 one-hour meetings spread across the period
      • 1 one-hour meeting before signing the contract, 4 one-hour meeting spread across the period after signing the contract.
      • 2 30-minutes meetings before signing the contract, 4 one-hour meeting spread across the period after signing the contract.  

      4. If the thesis is not submitted within the deadline or is not approved

      If the thesis is not submitted within the deadline or is not approved, the student will have used up one examination attempt.

      A new contract with a term of three months must be entered into not later than 14 days after the expiry of the deadline or no later than 14 days after the publication of the assessment.
       
      Regardless of whether or not the student enters into a new contract, the three-month time limit begins no later than the date when the new contract should have been signed.

      According to the ministerial order, the university must approve a changed thesis statement that lies within the same subject area. 

      In a letter dated 13 July 2007, the Ministry stated that a »changed thesis statement« should be understood as follows: “the student need not restart his/her thesis from the beginning if he/she fails to meet the deadline but, on the basis of an academic evaluation, the university must change the thesis statement in such a way that it corresponds to a workload of a further three months. This shall apply irrespective of the ECTS standardisation for the thesis. The changed thesis formulation must thus be adjusted in the light of the contents of the individual thesis. It may, for instance, comprise a longer or shorter addition, just as (in principle) it is not the intention that the student shall begin from the beginning with new, experimental trials.”

      The student must thus enter into a new Master’s thesis contract and revise his/her project description in accordance with the above.

      If the student at the first attempt has received approval for a contract and a project description the subject area equal to an amount of work of 3 months’ further work is established on the basis of an evaluation by the supervisor and the Head of Studies together. 

      If the student has not at the first attempt, got approval for a contract and a project description, the subject area of work equal to 3 months’ further work is established according to the following:
      • 2nd attempt: The number of pages are increased to between 90 and 110 pages
      • 3rd attempt: The number of pages are increased to between 120 and 130 pages

      5. Submitting a thesis:

      A thesis must be submitted in digital form. Name, name of supervisor and the total number of characters should be stated on the front page --> Standardised frontpage for Master´s Thesis Project has to be used. Once submitted, a thesis cannot be withdrawn from assessment.

      Feedback after submitting:
      The graduate can get 30 minutes oral feedback on his/her thesis. 

      The feedback can be on
      • the academic quality, the strengths and weaknesses of the thesis and an explanation of the grade given
      • a discussion of specific themes and arguments of the thesis
      • the process. Methods of working good/unsuitable, use of supervision, organisation of the work 
      • the linguistic of the thesis, the quality and scope of the language in relation to the target group
      • the potential of the thesis. Possibilities for publication of articles, job opportunities etc.   

      § 7.6 - Switching between lines/profiles


      § 7.7 - Individually planned activities


      § 7.8 - Electives

      Electives may in principle be taken at any higher education institution in Denmark or abroad, as long as the content is of relevance to American Studies. If a student wishes to take an elective subject at another higher education institution or another board of studies under the Faculty of Humanities, he or she must apply to the board of studies for English and American studies and ensure that the elective will be approved.

      Students must 

      • deepen their knowledge of areas with relevance to American Studies.
      • achieve broader competence in the field of American Studies.
      In addition to this, the learning objectives for the specific elective.

      § 8 - Exemptions and complaints procedures

      § 8.1 - Exemption from rules established by the university

      If justified by extraordinary circumstances, the Academic Study Board can grant exemption from rules in the curriculum that are established solely by the university. 

      § 8.2 - Complaints about examinations

      Complaints about examinations or other assessments included in examinations must be brought before the Dean no later than two weeks after the result of an examination has been published. Complaints must be submitted in writing and substantiated.

      § 8.3 - Complaints about decisions made by the university

      Pursuant to § 52 in the ministerial order on degree programmes at universities, the university’s decisions, according to this Ministerial Order, may be brought to the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education when the complaint concerns legal questions. The deadline for lodging a complaint is 2 weeks from the date on which the decision is notified to the complainant. The complaint is submitted to the university, who gives their opinion on the matter. The complainant must have the opportunity to comment on the university’s opinion within a period of at least 1 week. The university sends the complaint to the Acency enclosing the opinion and any comments from the complainant.

      § 9 - The affiliation of the programme

      § 9.1 - Legal basis

      The program is offered in pursuance to Executive Order No. 1328 of 15 November 2016 on Bachelor and Master´s degree programs at universities (the Universities Order).

      § 9.2 - Academic Study Board

      Academic Study board for English and American studies

      § 9.3 - External examiners

      English

      § 9.4 - Effective date

      01-09-2020

      § 9.5 - Effective for students enrolled as of

      01-09-2017

      § 9.6 - Date of Study Board Approval

      24-04-2020

      § 9.7 - Date for Dean\'s approval

      03-11-2020

      § 9.8 - Interim provisions

      Valid interim provisions of the study programme are set out in the progression models under Course of study.



      § 10 - Terminology

      § 10.1 - Terminology of the programme

      Deadline for delivery of written assignments
      All delivery deadlines for examination work, theses, dissertations and BA projects are published in the course´s combined examination timetable. If the deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or a Bank Holiday, the deadline will be deemed to be the next working day. 

      ECTS points
      ECTS, the European Credit Transfer System, was introduced under the Erasmus programme. ECTS points are values that are ascribed to a course unit with the aim of describing the overall work required from students in order to complete the course in the form of attending instruction, preparation, writing assignments, where applicable, and preparing for examinations, etc. 60 ECTS points corresponds to one year of full-time study and to 1,680 hours of work. A subject studied at 10 ECTS points therefore corresponds to 280 hours of work.

      Standard page
      One standard page = 2,400 characters incl. blank spaces.

      Lessons
      One lesson corresponds to 45 minutes. 

      Typed characters
      This is understood as every typographical element, i.e. not only letters and numbers, but also punctuation marks and blank spaces.