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Cultural and political discourse in English


English in a Global Context

7.5 credits

Autumn / Spring



This course examines cultural and political discourse in Great Britain, the USA and other English-speaking countries, taking the history and effects of globalisation as its starting point. It covers topics that include urban environments, political and cultural institutions and issues of multiculturality.

This course is only open for exchange students.

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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
Historical, social and cultural phenomena in English-speaking countries This course uses the history and effects of globalisation as its starting point, providing you with fundamental knowledge of cultural and political discourses in Great Britain, the USA and other English-speaking countries. It examines urban environments, political and cultural institutions and various multicultural issues, and how these social, economic and political factors influence, and are influenced by, linguistic and cultural variations. You will learn to describe and discuss the relevant historical, social and cultural phenomena behind the spread of English and the effects and identities that develop as a result. Course design The course is taught through lectures and seminars, and assessed via written examination written assignments, oral presentations, and attendance at 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.