Södertörns högskola_moas båge

Learn about English and improve your language skills


Language and Linguistics I

7.5 hp

Höst / Vår



This course encourages you to think about what knowing a language really means. It offers an introduction to English as an academic subject, helping you improve your proficiency while learning about fundamental terms and concepts in linguistics. The aim is to increase your awareness of the history, structure and societal functions of the English language.

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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.
Linguistic theories, their application, and societal contexts This Bachelor’s level course provides an introduction to concepts such as morphology, semantics, pragmatics and sociolinguistics. You will learn about modern linguistic theory, as well as about linguistic variations and how they relate to geographical, historical and cognitive factors. More practically, by the end of the course, you will not only have improved your oral and written skills in English, but you will also be able to apply linguistic methods to analyse the interplay between language use and social context, and produce a guided analysis of English-language material. The course is taught through lectures and seminars, with about five contact hours per week. It is examined through attendance at the lectures and active participation in the seminars, as well as an essay and a written exam.
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.