This section includes important information you will need during your academic studies at the Centre. For more detailed information, please refer to the Graduate Handbook.
- Group A: aesthetics, philosophy, psychoanalysis, language theory
- Group B: social, cultural and political theory
- Group C: topical focus covering a variety of theorists from the above areas, introducing students to 19th-century, modern, and contemporary theory
Graduate courses in a number of other programs concerned with theory and criticism may also be approved, with the permission of the Director and Graduate Studies Committee (GSC). Students may take up to two such half courses, provided that they are relevant to the program of study. Students should submit a formal request, including the course syllabus, outlining how the course is relevant to their research at the Theory Centre. Requests should be submitted no later than the start of term (September 1/January 1/May 1). In order to ensure a place in the course, students must also submit a Course Outside Home Program form.
In very exceptional circumstances, students may fulfill one of their six course requirements by taking a Directed Reading course. Students should, however, be aware that instructors receive no credit for teaching reading courses and may therefore be unwilling to offer them. Reading courses are given on a Pass/Fail basis, must meet for the same number of hours as a regular course, cannot be specifically oriented to the student's thesis, and will not be approved if there is a regular course that covers approximately the same material. Requests for reading courses, including syllabus, marking scheme, and letter of consent from the instructor, must be submitted no later than six weeks before the start of the term in which the course is to be taken. Please consult the Director for further details.
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There are three ways of satisfying the language requirement:
- Placement Test - For those who are fairly fluent but whose proficiency is not reflected in formal course preparation. The language department administers a test to determine students' proficiency. The test is computerised and takes approximately one hour. Once completed, the results should be printed and returned to the Director of the Centre for evaluation. More information.
- Undergraduate Course - A grade of 70% or higher in a full year university-level introductory course (eg: German 1030 or French 1910). *Note* registration in an undergraduate course requires the appropriate form, which must be submitted to the Registrar's Office by the add/drop period.
- Previous Studies - Students who have already satisfied the language requirement through previous post-secondary language studies may apply these credits toward the language requirement.
Please Note: Students enrolling in language courses other than French through the Department of Modern Languages may take those languages Pass/Fail. You must indicate that you wish to take the course Pass/Fail at the time of enrollment (registration status cannot be changed retroactively). If you have questions, please consult the Centre.
All program requirements (including language requirement) must be completed before the thesis examination takes place.
The examination of the thesis exposes the student's work to scholarly criticism. To fulfill the degree requirement, the thesis and the candidate's examination must be assessed and approved by a Thesis Examination Board and meet the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' (SGPS) requirements for thesis form and thesis content.
Each student writing a thesis must have a Thesis Supervisory Committee.
Supervisor: This individual plays a key role in the direction of the student’s research. The chief supervisor must be a member of the Centre's Core Faculty. This designation ensures that the faculty member has the appropriate level of supervisory membership and primary responsibility for overseeing the Master's thesis research. Although every effort will be made to accommodate the student's research preferences, the program cannot guarantee a particular supervisor.
Second Reader: An additional core faculty member, preferably representing a different discipline from that of the supervisor, who provides another perspective on the formulation and direction of the thesis, but does not read the thesis in its entirety. S/he also serves on the “hearing committee” [see below], as well as on the examining committee.
For more information, please see the SGPS' Thesis Regulation Guide.
Stages and Deadlines
Working with their supervisor, the student must submit a
- 10-12 page draft proposal, incorporating within it a rationale for its interdisciplinary and theoretical nature;
- preliminary bibliography (2-3 pp.);
- 2-3 page abstract of the proposal
- 4 Weeks to Examination: Program must submit names of examiners to SGPS
- 3 Weeks to Examination: Candidate submits *approved* thesis to the program
A student may request an incomplete (INC) without penalty on compassionate or medical grounds. In such cases, the student must make a written request to both the instructor and the Director no later than the last day of class, no exceptions. The written request must include a) the date by which the remaining work will be completed, and b) (where relevant) a certificate from a physician. This request will be forwarded to the GSC for approval. Permission from the instructor is not a guarantee that the INC request will be granted. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, the student will not be allowed to carry more than one INC in a semester.
The INC will be changed to a grade only if the work is completed by the grade submission deadline for the term following. If a grade is not submitted by this deadline, the INC becomes a Failure. An 'F' grade resulting from an INC is final. The SGPS will not consider a revision of the grade except on documented medical or compassionate grounds.