The course introduces  to the major branches, concepts and theories of folklore.  It will elaborate on Myth, tales, legends, riddles and literature connected to folklore.  The meaning and significance of oral, performative and knowledge-based traditions will be dealt with, with reference to the Mauritian context. Students will be required to participate in seminars, practicals and fieldwork on the Folklore and Oral Traditions of Mauritius.

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Introduction to Research Methodology in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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This module is primarily research oriented one which will encourage students/aspiring researchers to become research active in their different fields of expertise, by undertaking ethically and methodologically correct academic research. This module will provide students with an introduction to quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods and an introduction to the skills required when planning, collecting, analysing and disseminating research data. The module will also provide students with the skills and knowledge to conduct conventional research in the social sciences and languages as well as practice-based research. The module is open to anyone among the general public and anyone who is interested to carry out research.

Learning objectives:

The module objectives are:

  • Explain research concepts and design
  • Identify appropriate research topics and research problem
  • Outline various data collection methods, such as surveys, interviews, experiments, observations, and case studies, practice-based research
  • Evaluate different sampling techniques and their applications
  • Critically analyse current practices in published research to ensure academic integrity and assess the variations in the research process
  • Writing of research proposal
Formative Assesment: 50%
  • 5 marked course activites to be attempted 10 marks each
Summative Assesment: 50%
  • Presentation of research proposal: 10%
  • Writing of the research proposal: 40%
 Course Facilitator: Dr Beebeejaun-Muslum Zareen Nishaat

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Literature and Society

This course addresses the richness of Mauritian Literature and Society through a 10-week course, delving into a diverse array of texts that illuminate the cultural, historical, and social fabric of Mauritius. This immersive literary journey blends traditional lectures with interactive discussions, analyzing seminal works from celebrated Mauritian authors. The course begins by establishing the societal context through different literature roles, examining the island's multiethnic and multilingual backdrop, which shapes its unique literary voice. Enlightening lectures highlight the influence of colonial and postcolonial narratives, while seminars encourage debates on identity, migration, indentured and Creole dynamics.

Learners are introduced to prominent figures like Dev Virahsawmy, whose works challenge linguistic barriers, and Khal Torabully, whose poetry elegantly confronts indenturedship. The curriculum covers an array of genres including poetry and plays, reflecting the creolization and indenturedship process and their impact on literary plot. Weekly reading assignments and critical analyses will build learners' understanding of literary devices used to express socio-political issues. Capstone projects encourage deep exploration of specific themes or authors, fostering a personalized connection with the material. Ultimately, this equips learners with a nuanced critical outlook of Mauritian Literature.

Learning Objectives:

The learners in this course are expected to be able to:


  •          Analyse the interplay of language, culture, and identity in Mauritian literature.   
  •          Critically evaluate the representations of colonial and postcolonial experiences in Mauritian literary works.
  •      Synthesize perspectives from a diverse range of Mauritian authors and texts to create a multifaceted view of Mauritian society.
  •       Produce a scholarly analysis of themes such as transoceanic dialogues, race dynamics, and societal change within the island's distinctive literary oeuvre.
  •        Write a research project based on a chosen text of Mauritian Literature and Society that showcases culture and identity.


Assessment Schemes

  • Formative Assessment: 40% (face to face) (LMS-Enabled Assessment)
  • Summative Assessment: 60%

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Course Facilitator

Mrs Anisha Badal-Caussy

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