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High-level English proficiency and project work


English C

30 credits

Autumn / Spring



This 30-credit course helps you develop and exercise a high degree of proficiency in English, broadening your knowledge and deepening your understanding of methods and theories in the scholarly study of language and literature. You will plan and complete an extensive research and writing project under the guidance of a supervisor.

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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
Theoretical approaches to linguistics and literature, and a scholarly essay At the C-level, students develop expertise in the field of English studies via courses focusing on linguistic and literary theory. In Theoretical Approaches to Linguistics, students are introduced to both seminal and contemporary linguistic theories in such disciplines as sociolinguistics, pragmatics, or corpus linguistics, with the aim of deepening their understanding of and skills in linguistic investigation. In Theoretical Approaches to Literature, students deepen their understanding of modern literary analysis by studying important conceptual apparatuses and theories, such as structuralism, poststructuralism, critical and cultural theory, and gender studies. The C-level culminates in an Independent Project (15 credits) in the form of a research essay written under the guidance of a supervisor which reflects a specialisation in English-language linguistics, literature, or cultural studies. Course design The essay module is worth 15 credits. Your essay will focus on a topic of your choosing in English-language linguistics, literature or culture. Through focused seminars and with individual supervision, you will develop your knowledge of how to research and write an academic essay, exercising the ability to formulate a problem, build an argument and relate this problem to other research in the area. Your essay will be peer reviewed at a final seminar, and you will also review another student’s essay.
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.