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Third Cycle Programmes (Doctorate Degree)

Graduate School of Social Sciences - American Culture and Literature - Third Cycle Programme



General Description
History
Ege University, American Culture and Literature Third Cycle Program has been accepting students since 1987.
Qualification Awarded
Graduates who complete the program successfully are awarded a PhD in American Culture and Literature and qualify as philologists.
Level of Qualification
Third Cycle
Specific Admission Requirements
The applicants who hold a Master's Degree and willing to enroll in the Doctorate program may apply to the Directorate of Graduate School with the documents. 1-Sufficient score (at least 55 out of 100 in) from the Academic Staff and Graduate Study Education Exam (ALES) conducted by Student Selection and Placement Center (OSYM) or GRE Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score equivalent to ALES score of 55. 2-English proficiency (at least 70 out of 100 from the Proficiency Exam conducted by Ege University Foreign Language Department must be taken, or the candidates must take YDS exam (Foreign Language Examination conducted by OSYM) to cover the foreign language criteria, and they are expected to get either a score of 80 out of 100 from YDS in English (the language of the department) or a score of 55 out of 100 for a second foreign language recognized by ÜAK. The candidates fulfilling the criteria outlined above are invited to interview. The assessment for admission to masters programs is based on: 50% of ALES, 15% of academic success in the undergraduate program (cumulative grade point average (CGPA)) 10 % of academic success in the master's program and 25% of interview grade. The required minimum interview grade is 60 out of 100. The candidates having an assessed score of 65 at least are accepted into the Doctorate program. The results of the evaluation are announced by the Directorate of Graduate School.
Specific Arrangements For Recognition Of Prior Learning (Formal, Non-Formal and Informal)
The rules for recognition of formal prior learning are well defined. A student who is currently enrolled in a Doctorate Degree program in the same discipline at another institution and has successfully completed at least one semester, upon submitting all required documents before the deadline, may transfer to the Doctorate Programmed at EGE University upon the recommendation of the department administration and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School. The decision taken will also include eligibility for exemption from some course requirements of the graduate program. Students who transfer from another university must be successful in the EGE University English Proficiency Exam or in an equivalent English examination. Recognition of prior non-formal and in-formal learning is at the beginning stage in Turkish Higher Education Institutions. Ege University is not an exception to this.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The doctorate program consists of a minimum of seven courses, with a minimum of 21 national credits, a qualifying examination, a dissertation proposal, and a dissertation. The period allotted for the completion of the Doctorate programs is normally eight semesters (four years). However, while it is possible to graduate in a shorter time, it is also possible to have an extension subject to the approval of the graduate school. The seminar course and thesis are non-credit and graded on a pass/fail basis. The total ECTS credits of the program is 240 ECTS. A student may take undergraduate courses on the condition that the courses have not been taken during the undergraduate program. However, at most two of these courses may be counted to the Doctorate course load and credits. The PhD students are required to take the Doctoral Qualifying Examination, after having successfully completed taught courses. The examination consists of written and oral parts. The Doctoral Qualifying Committee determines by absolute majority whether a candidate has passed or failed the examination. Students who fail the Qualifying Examination may retake the examination the following semester. Students failing the Examination a second time are dismissed from the program. Students must register for thesis work and the Specialization Field course offered by his supervisor every semester following the semester, in which the supervisor is appointed. A dissertation supervisor who must hold the minimum rank of assistant professor is appointed for each PhD student. When the nature of the dissertation topic requires more than one supervisor, a joint-supervisor may be appointed. A joint-supervisor must hold a doctoral degree. Periodic monitoring of research work by a thesis monitoring committee is required to be awarded the Doctoral degree. A student, who has completed work on the thesis within the time period, must write a thesis, using the data collected, according to the specifications of the Graduate School Thesis Writing Guide. The thesis must be defended in front of a jury. The thesis jury is appointed on the recommendations of the relevant Department Chairperson and with the approval of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School. The jury is composed of the thesis supervisor and 5 faculty members. Of the appointed jury members, up to two may be selected from another Department or another University. The co-supervisor cannot be the jury member. Thesis defense by the candidate is open to all audience and a jury decides to grant/deny the Doctoral degree. A majority vote by the jury members determines the outcome of the thesis or examination. The vote can be for "acceptance", "rejection" or "correction". A student may be given, by a decision of the Administrative Committee of the Graduate School, up to six months to complete the corrections. The student must then retake the thesis examination.
Profile of The Programme
Ph.D. Program in American Culture and Literature Department is a research degree designed to provide and society; training in analysis, synthesis, critical thinking students with an advanced level of knowledge about American culture, literature, and primary research techniques; and experience thinking effectively across disciplinary boundaries. The program also aims to educate modern scientists who can study and practice interdisciplinary and original subjects in the Linguistics, Literary Studies, Cultural Studies and Translation Studies fields within the light of scientific research and study methods.
Occupational Profiles of Graduates With Examples
Graduates of American Culture and Literature Ph.D. Program will find vocational opportunities in publishing houses, magazines, literary and cultural journals, newspapers, film studios, various public institutions (such as the Turkish Radio and Television Institution - TRT, the Foreign Office, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of National Education etc.), international institutions, as well as European Community projects and institutions.
Access to Further Studies
Graduates who successfully completed doctorate degree may apply to both in the same or related disciplines in higher education institutions at home or abroad to get a position in academic staff or to governmental R&D centers to get expert position
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Students are required to take a mid-term examination and/or complete other assigned projects/homework during the semester and, additionally, are required to take a final examination and/or complete a final project for course evaluation. The final grade is based on the mid-term examination grade, the final examination grade and/or evaluation of final project, with the contributions of 40% and 60%, respectively. To pass any course, a Ph.D. student must receive at least 75 out of 100. Students must repeat courses they have failed or may substitute courses the Department accepts as equivalent. The assessment for each course is described in detail in “Individual Course Description”.
Graduation Requirements
Graduation requirements are explained in the section “Qualification Requirements and Regulations”.
Mode of Study (Full-Time, Part-Time, E-Learning )
Full-Time
Address, Programme Director or Equivalent
Prof. Dr. Atilla Silkü Ege University, Faculty of Letters Chair of the Department of American Culture and Literature Bornova, Izmir, Turkey Tel: 90 232 311 1687
Facilities
Department resources include classrooms with audio-visual electronic devices, a computer lab open to student use, and a student library. Besides, students are provided with the chance of actively participating academic activities such as LLP-Erasmus, International Cultural Studies Symposium, International Symposium of Undergraduate Students and Annual Film Festival. Students also can access to publications which include Interactions.

Key Learning Outcomes
1The ability to gain expertise in a specific area of American Culture and literature.
2To be able to have a command of literary and cultural theory and approaches at doctorate level and be able to use this knowledge in analyzing literary and cultural texts in social and historical contexts
3To be able to use comparative and interdisciplinary approaches in textual analysis
4The ability to criticize and discuss mainly literature and arts, as well as American socio-cultural formations, politics, law, educational system and its institutions, domestic and foreign policies
5Ability to examine critically every basic idea and fact, myths, symbols, signs and concepts that are related to America and American identity.
6Ability to analyze the way those historical and cultural myths were and are constructed within the flow of history and via cultural products.
7Ability to comment on texts chosen from American literature and those which can be related to American culture (for example art products, media indicators, official and nonofficial documents, historical documents; economic, geographic, ethnic, folkloric, philosophic, religious and periodical facts; diversity, institutions and even such cultural indicators as architecture)
8To be able to generate original and critical ideas
9To be able to write essays, argumentative and analytical in structure.
10To have developed a world view that is aware and critical of elements such as language, religion, gender, cultural and sexual identities and diversities
11To be able to make use of the knowledge and skills they have obtained in awareness of their professional and ethical responsibilities, and develop independent operative skills by taking initiative
12To be able to conduct a research project and present the project orally at a seminar
13To be able to present, both in writing and orally, the knowledge they have gained in their area of study and research outcomes
14To participate in national and international academic events in the area of their study
15To be able to use the necessary research methods in finding an original subject for their dissertation topic, and formulate valid and high quality arguments by applying the processes of analysis, synthesis and evaluation effectively

Key Programme Learning Outcomes - NQF for HE in Turkey
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2
SKILLS1
2
3
4
COMPETENCES (Competence to Work Independently and Take Responsibility)1
2
3
COMPETENCES (Learning Competence)1
COMPETENCES (Communication and Social Competence)1
2
3
COMPETENCES (Field Specific Competence)1
2
3

Course Structure Diagram with Credits
T : Theoretical P: Practice L : Laboratory
1. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 AMERİKAN.DOK.SDG1 Elective - - - 6
2 9201036031982 Advanced Studies in American Literature Compulsory 3 0 0 8
3 9201036012013 Advanced Studies in U.S. History Compulsory 3 0 0 8
4 9201036112003 Studies in American Cultural History I Compulsory 3 0 0 8
Total 9 0 0 30
 
2. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 AMERİKAN.DOK.SDG2 Elective - - - 6
2 9201036042013 Advanced Studies in American Literature II Compulsory 3 0 0 8
3 9201036022003 Studies in American Cultural History II Compulsory 3 0 0 8
4 9201036022013 U.S. Foreign Policy Compulsory 3 0 0 8
Total 9 0 0 30
 
3. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 DRUAD691 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 5
2 DRTEZ692 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 25
Total 0 0 0 30
 
4. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 DRUAD691 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 5
2 DRTEZ692 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 25
Total 0 0 0 30
 
5. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 DRUAD691 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 5
2 DRTEZ692 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 25
Total 0 0 0 30
 
6. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 DRUAD691 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 5
2 DRTEZ692 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 25
Total 0 0 0 30
 
7. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 DRUAD691 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 5
2 DRTEZ692 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 25
Total 0 0 0 30
 
8. Semester
No Course Unit Code Course Unit Title Type of Course T P L ECTS
1 DRUAD691 Specialization Field Compulsory 0 0 0 5
2 DRTEZ692 Thesis Study Compulsory 0 0 0 25
Total 0 0 0 30
 
 
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