MATE students begin in the Summer semester (commencing in May 2018) with a professional development course designed to introduce them to recent developments in English studies. Then students take one of the core graduate courses in Shakespeare or in 20th Century literature, the two areas of English study that they most commonly teach.

In the Summer semester of their second year, MATE students take their second professional development course on research methods and methodology and the second core course.

For the Fall and Spring semester of their second year, students have the opportunity, subject to Steering Committee approval, to choose between cohort courses at the Surrey Campus or graduate courses on Burnaby Mountain. Below are some examples of English graduate courses. 

ENGL 810-4 Studies in Theory I Provides a detailed and contextual overview of critical debates in twentieth-century literary and cultural theory. The critical lineage explored will vary according to theoretical focus.

ENGL 811-4 Studies in Theory II Explores specific critical issues, approaches, or movements in literary and cultural theory. The course will vary according to theoretical and historical focus.

ENGL 820-4 Studies in Print Culture Theory Introduces the history of print culture along with a variety of theoretical approaches. Students enrolled in the Print Culture program are required to take this course.

ENGL 821-4 Studies in Manuscript, Print and Media Culture Explores critical issues, approaches, or movements in manuscript, print, and media culture. The course will vary according to geographical and historical focus and theoretical approach.

ENGL 830-4 Studies in Medieval Literature Examines selected medieval works in a variety of genres from Britain and Europe, organized by critical issues or theoretical approaches. May include works in a variety of media and study texts in the original language or in translation.

ENGL 829-4 Studies in Shakespeare Examines selected works of Shakespeare, organized by critical issues or theoretical approaches.

ENGL 831-4 Studies in Early Modern Literature Examines selected works of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries organized by critical issues or theoretical approaches. May include some writing from outside Britain.

ENGL 832-4 Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature Examines selected eighteenth-century works in a variety of genres organized by cultural movements, critical issues, or theoretical approaches. May include works in a variety of media and from diverse geopolitical regions.

ENGL 833-4 Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature Examines selected nineteenth-century works in a variety of genres organized by cultural movements, critical issues, or theoretical approaches. May include works in a variety of media and from diverse geopolitical regions.

ENGL 834-4 Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature Examines selected twentieth-century works in a variety of genres, organized by cultural movements, critical issues, or theoretical approaches. May include works in various media and explore Canadian, British, American and other literatures.

ENGL 835-4 Studies in Contemporary Literature Examines selected contemporary literary works in a variety of genres, organized by cultural movements, critical issues, or theoretical approaches. May include works in various media and explore Canadian, British, American and other literatures.

ENGL 840-4 Studies in American Literature Examines selected works of American literature in a variety of genres, organized by cultural movements, critical issues, theoretical approaches, or historical periods. May include works in various media, and explore relations between American and other national or regional literatures.

ENGL 841-4 Studies in Canadian Literature Examines selected works of Canadian literature in a variety of genres, organized by cultural movements, critical issues, theoretical approaches, or historical periods. May include works in various media, and explore relations among Canadian, Quebec, American, British, World literatures.

ENGL 842-4 Studies in British Literature Examines selected works of British literature in a variety of genres, organized by cultural movements, critical issues, or theoretical approaches. May include works in various media. The historical and geographical focus of the course will vary.

ENGL 843-4 Studies in Colonial, National, and Diasporic Literatures Examines selected colonial, national, and diasporic literatures in a variety of genres, organized by cultural movements, critical issues, or theoretical approaches. May include works in various media. The historical and geographical focus of the course will vary.

ENGL 844-4 Studies in Aboriginal Literature Examines selected Aboriginal writings in a variety of forms and contexts, organized by cultural movements, critical issues, or theoretical approaches. May include works in various media, and explore relations between Aboriginal and relevant national literatures. The historical and regional focus of the course will vary.

ENGL 850-4 Studies in Globalization, Literature, and Culture Examines the debates and interconnections among globalization, literature, and culture. May explore other media in relation to globalization. The course will vary according to theoretical and historical focus.

ENGL 851-4 Studies in Popular Literature and Culture Investigates interconnections between literature and popular culture through a variety of texts. The course will vary according to theoretical and critical approach, selection of media, and geographical and historical focus.

ENGL 852-4 Studies in Gender, Sexuality, and Literature Investigates intersections among gender, sexuality, and literature in a variety of writings and cultural contexts. The course will vary according to theoretical and critical approach, selection of media, and geographical and historical focus.

ENGL 853-4 Studies in Postcolonial Literature Examines postcolonial theories and literatures in a variety of genres. The course will vary according to critical approach, selection of media, and geographical and historical focus.

ENGL 854-4 Studies in Poetics Examines theories of poetic production and issues related to the history and distribution of poetry through literary communities. May emphasize active practice alongside theories of poetic production, and may also draw upon the resources of the SFU Library’s Contemporary Literature Collection. The historical and geographical focus of the course will vary.

ENGL 860-4 Studies in Writing and Rhetoric Focuses on the study and application of rhetorical theories. May include theories and topics in writing and composition.

ENGL 870-4 Topics in Language and Literature Specific topics will vary from offering to offering.

ENGL 880-4 Pro-seminar I Critical Approaches to English Studies. Course will be graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

ENGL 881-4 Pro-seminar II Research Methods and Methodologies. Course will be graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

ENGL 891-4 MA Paper or Project