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Historical perspectives on the study of English


English B

30 credits

Autumn / Spring



This intermediate level course broadens your knowledge by providing a historical perspective on your study of English. You deepen and expand your knowledge of linguistics and comparative literature, developing all-round competence in the use of English in speech and writing. In addition to compulsory modules, at least one of four rotating modules is offered.

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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
Learn to analyse English grammar, literature and language’s relation to power This intermediate level, 30-credit course has three compulsory modules. One of these focuses on grammar and is worth 6 credits. You will deepen and broaden your general understanding of grammar by focusing on English grammar, and learn to conduct contrastive analysis. You will comprehend grammatical patterns in speech and writing and be familiar with stylistic variation. Another compulsory 6-credit module is the one on British literature, which includes fundamental concepts in literary and cultural theory. You will study important works from the Renaissance to the modern period, with the aim of being able to locate each work within the history of English-language literature and culture. The third and final compulsory module is called Language and Power and is worth 9 credits. Here, you analyse how language use in different contexts can influence and be influenced by issues of power, as well as conducting linguistic analysis of the concept of power in relation to gender roles, ideologies and the media. Depending on the semester, the available rotating 9-credit courses may include Postcolonial Literature and Culture, American Literature-Historical Perspectives, Multiethnic Literature and Culture or English Literature and Capitalism. Course design Teaching is conducted through lectures and seminars, and assessment takes the form of written examinations, take-home exams, written and oral assignments, as well as attendance at the lectures and seminars.
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.