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English language, linguistics, culture and literature


English A

30 credits

Autumn / Spring


Campus / Distance

This 30-credit introductory course aims to strengthen and develop your oral and written skills in English and impart fundamental knowledge about the English language and linguistics, as well as literature and culture in the English-speaking world. English A comprises: Language and Linguistics I and II, and Literature and Culture I and II.

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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
Linguistic, literary, and cultural aspects of English English A is comprised of four courses. In Language and Linguistics I, students learn to identify and analyse phenomena of English language from a range of linguistic disciplines, such as pragmatics, discourse analysis, and sociolinguistics. In Language and Linguistics II, students focus on the grammatical structure of English, exploring the fundamentals of syntax and its interaction with phonology, morphology, and semantics, while developing both oral and written proficiency. In Literature and Culture I, students learn to analyse a range of texts including fiction, poetry, and film against the background of the historical and social contexts in which Anglophone cultures have developed in the modern world. In Literature and Culture II, students broaden their knowledge of historical and social contexts in the English-speaking world and deepen their understanding of literary production through close readings of additional works of fiction, as well as drama and hip-hop. 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.