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Methods and theories for the study of language


Theoretical Approaches to Linguistics

7.5 credits

Autumn / Spring



This course helps you develop and exercise a high degree of proficiency in English. It includes the application of methods and theories for the scientific study of language, expanding your knowledge of modern linguistic analysis and theory, and introducing concepts such as sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and corpus linguistics.

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
Applying theory and terminology to the study of language On this course, you will broaden your linguistic knowledge and deepen your understanding and application of methods and theories for the scientific study of language, including modern linguistic analysis and theory. You will learn to identify, describe and compare the advantages and disadvantages of different theories and methods for analysing language, and practise the application of theory and terminology individually and in small groups. The course also examines theories and concepts within areas that include sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and corpus linguistics. Course design Teaching is in the form of lectures and all the course literature is in English. The course is examined through attendance at the seminars and lectures, written assignments and oral presentations.
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.