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English language, linguistics, culture and literature


English A

30 credits

Autumn / Spring



This 30-credit introductory course aims to strengthen and develop your oral and written skills in English and impart fundamental knowledge about linguistics, literature and culture in the English-speaking world. It has four modules: English in a Global Context, Grammar A, English Linguistics, and Literature and Culture.

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Linguistic and cultural knowledge that is useful at work or at home Do you want to work in advertising and PR, translation and interpretation, politics, travel, journalism, international relations, cultural criticism? All these fields require skills in English and knowledge related to different cultures. Studying English at Södertörn University will help you use English, and language in general, in the most effective manner, allowing you to use these skills in advertising, politics or other in professions in which you need a high level of communicative skill. You will also gain the skills you need for employment in a workplace where English is the working language, which makes English a great supplement to other subjects. Studying English brings the opportunity to continue studying at Master’s level and beyond. Read about research in this subject
Cultural, grammatical, literary and linguistic aspects of English The module on English in a Global Context covers cultural and political discourses in Great Britain, the USA and other English-speaking countries, with the history and effects of globalisation as its starting point. The topics you will examine include urban environments, political and cultural institutions and multicultural issues. You will describe and discuss relevant historical, social and cultural phenomena behind the spread of English and the effects and identities that develop as a result. The module that deals with grammar will deepen your knowledge of both general and English grammar, and develop your ability to understand and apply grammatical rules. English linguistics is covered in a separate module, and you will acquire the fundamentals of modern linguistic theories and their applications. This includes subjects such as morphology, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics and language acquisition, and approaches linguistic variation from geographical, social, cultural and situational perspectives. During the final module, Literature and Culture, you will read a selection of texts that illuminate multicultural aspects of the modern, English-speaking world, analysing literary texts from mainly the 1950s onward. Course design The course is taught through lectures and seminars and assessed through attendance at these lectures and seminars, written examinations and assignments and oral presentations.
A global language to help you understand the world English is a global language. Learning English opens doors to personal development and future success; you can study or work abroad, gain better understanding of the mechanisms in a multicultural society and think critically about many aspects of current societal and political problems. Learning a foreign language also brings new ways of looking at the problems in the world. English at Södertörn University specialises in teaching and research in English and fields directly linked to the subject, such as linguistics, literature and the culture of English-speaking countries. It encourages critical thinking about the links between historical, social and cultural circumstances, and well as examining how different social groups use language. Another aspect is that of how a language is learned and what influences the process.