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The role and societal influence of language


Language and Power

9 credits

Autumn / Spring



This course will deepen and expand your knowledge of linguistics and provide all-round competence in the use of English in speech and writing. It examines the role of language in society by analysing how language use in different contexts can influence, and be influenced by, issues of power in relation to gender roles and ideologies, for example.

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
Using discourse analysis to examine the interaction of language and power On this 9-credit course, you will analyse how language use in different contexts can influence, and be influenced by, issues of power, so expanding your knowledge of the role of language in society and of linguistics. You will learn the central concepts and theories of discourse analysis, and be able to describe important conventions of genre, register, context, and fundamental patterns in academic analyses of spoken and written texts. The course also provides instruction and practice in academic linguistic writing in English, such as correct techniques for citations and references and the ability to give and respond to constructive criticism. Course design The course is conducted as lectures and seminars, and assessment is through assignments and a written examination.
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.