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 This supplementary level course is built around of three compulsory modules, two worth 7.5 credits each, focusing on theoretical approaches to linguistics or literature, and one in which you write a longer scholarly essay on a topic of your choice. In Theoretical Approaches to Linguistics, you will deepen and broaden your knowledge of modern linguistic analysis and theory, applying theory and terminology in practice, both individually and in small groups. The module presents theories and concepts in areas such as sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and corpus linguistics. The module called Theoretical Approaches to Literature studies modern literary analysis using important conceptual apparatuses and theories, such as structuralism, post-structuralism, critical culture theory, feminism and new historicism. You will learn about different applications of theory, with literary fields such as modern poetry, autobiography or the post-colonial novel as your point of departure. Grades in both these modules are awarded on the basis of attendance at lectures and seminars, written assignments and oral presentations. 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.