English translation of course syllabus

English A, 30 credits

(Engelska A, 30 högskolepoäng)

Course code EN027G
Subject area English
Main field of study English
Progressive specialisation G1N (First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements)
Academic school School of Culture and Education
Disciplary domain Humanities 100%
Grading scale AF
Education cycle First-cycle (Bachelor)
Course level A
Language of instruction English
Valid from Spring semester 2024

Validation

This course syllabus was validated by the Management Board of the School of Culture and Education at Södertörn University on 2023-01-26 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance. This course syllabus was revised by the Management Board of the School of Culture and Education at Södertörn University on 2023-08-24.

Entry requirements

General requirements for university studies
You also need: English 6

Learning outcomes

On completing the course, the student can:

Literature and Culture I

Knowledge and understanding

  • provide a general overview of important themes in Anglophone literature in a global context
  • on a basic level, describe the role of modern global Anglophone literature in relation to historical and contemporary cultural and social processes
  • identify literary genre conventions at a basic level

Competence and skills

  • apply basic tools and concepts within narrative analysis and cultural and critical studies to the analysis of different text types
  • distinguish between and analyse different text types
  • orally communicate complex ideas in English
  • write short scholarly texts in English with a clear structure and in a formal register
  • use correct citation and reference techniques, at a basic level

Judgement and approach

  • at a basic level, reflect on literature from the global Anglophone world using historical and cultural perspectives
  • reflect on English literary studies as an academic subject

Language and Linguistics I

Knowledge and understanding

  • account for central and foundational concepts within a selection of linguistic disciplines
  • provide a general overview of different methods for linguistic analysis of variation in the English language
  • define central linguistic concepts

Competence and skills

  • apply linguistic concepts and reasoning in guided analyses of English-language material
  • apply linguistic methods to analyse and explain linguistic variation
  • with instructional support, write a short essay in English evidencing clear structure and formal style
  • use accurate linguistic terminology

Judgement and approach

  • at a basic level, reflect on how geographical, historical, cultural or cognitive factors can be observed in linguistic variation
  • reflect over the English language from a linguistic perspective

Language and Linguistics II

Knowledge and understanding

  • provide a basic account of English-language phonetics and phonology
  • provide a basic account of English-language morphology, lexicon and semantics
  • provide a basic account of English-language syntax
  • define central linguistic terms

Competence and skills

  • apply basic methodology in the syntactic analysis of the English language
  • use basic grammatical concepts to analyse linguistic units in their syntactic contexts
  • identify and discuss phonological, morphological, and syntactic phenomena within the English language
  • use the English language in speech and writing with a high degree of accuracy

Judgement and approach

  • relate language structure to meaning and language use 
  • review and evaluate linguistic analyses 
  • reflect on the connection between the historical development of English and contemporary English

Literature and Culture II

Knowledge and understanding 

  • provide an overview of important themes in modern and contemporary literature from English-language regions of North America and the Caribbean
  • on a basic level, describe how literature from North America and the Caribbean relate to national as well as global cultural and social conditions
  • identify literary genres and relate them to the concept of canon

Competence and skills

  • produce close readings of literary and cultural texts
  • write short scholarly texts with a clear structure and a formal style
  • deploy analytical and argumentative skills in spoken and written English

Judgement and approach

  • reflect on English-language literature from North America and the Caribbean from historical and cultural perspectives

Course content, modules and examinations

The course aims to strengthen and develop the student's oral and written skills in English and impart fundamental knowledge about linguistics, literature and culture in the English-speaking world.

Literature and Culture I, 7.5 credits

(Litteratur och kultur I, 7,5 högskolepoäng)

The student is introduced to a selection of texts and contexts in English-language literary and cultural studies, with a focus on global interactions. The student learns basic concepts in narrative analysis and critical theory, analyses different texts types (including fiction, poetry, and film), and acquires knowledge about the historical and social contexts in which Anglophone cultures have developed in the modern world. After completing the course, the student is able to discuss literature and culture in a self-reflective manner and to produce proficient written and oral analyses in English (both individually and in groups) that follow basic academic conventions.

1001, Literature and Culture I, 7.5 credits

(Litteratur och kultur I, 7,5 högskolepoäng)

Grades permitted: AF


Language and Linguistics I, 7.5 credits

(Språk och språkvetenskap I, 7,5 högskolepoäng)

The course introduces the student to a range of disciplines of linguistics such as discourse analysis, pragmatics, sociolinguistics and cognitive linguistics. The student learns the foundations of modern linguistic theory and its relevance to contemporary language usage. The student develops knowledge about and an understanding of manifestations of linguistic variation as a function of geographical, historical, cultural or cognitive factors. During the course, the student conducts a teacher-led linguistic analysis, practices linguistic argumentation, and engages in proficiency training through the writing of a short essay. By the end of the course, the student can use accurate terminology, define linguistic concepts, and account for a selection of foundational linguistic methods and theories.

1002, Language and Linguistics I, 7.5 credits

(Språk och språkvetenskap I, 7,5 högskolepoäng)

Grades permitted: AF


Language and Linguistics II, 7.5 credits

(Språk och språkvetenskap II, 7,5 högskolepoäng)

The module builds upon the student's knowledge of English linguistics by introducing additional linguistic disciplines related to the formal structure of the language. The student learns basic terms and concepts in phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. Additionally, the course includes an overview of the historical development of the English language and its contact with other languages, thereby allowing the student to deepen their understanding of the English phonetic, morphological, and syntactic systems from a contemporary perspective. In this course, the student develops their ability to understand and apply the grammatical rules of English, and the student improves their language proficiency through oral discussions of written assignments in English grammar.

1003, Language and Linguistics II, 7.5 credits

(Språk och språkvetenskap II, 7,5 högskolepoäng)

Grades permitted: AF


Literature and Culture II, 7.5 credits

(Litteratur och kultur II, 7,5 högskolepoäng)

The student is introduced to a further selection of texts and contexts in English-language literary and cultural studies, with a focus on North America and the Caribbean. The student broadens their understanding of literary production and genres such as fiction, drama and hip-hop, as well as their knowledge of historical and social contexts in the English-speaking world. Close reading skills are consolidated. Finally, the student further develops their ability to discuss literature and culture in a self-reflective manner and to produce proficient written and oral analyses (both individually and in groups) following basic academic conventions.

1004, Literature and Culture II, 7.5 credits

(Litteratur och kultur II, 7,5 högskolepoäng)

Grades permitted: AF


Course design

On-campus course: If the course is offered on campus, teaching is in the form of lectures and seminars.

Distance course: If the course is offered remotely, teaching is in the form of images and texts via the university's study web, as well as active participation in online discussions. Access to a computer with an internet connection is a prerequisite for taking the course.

Examination format

Literature and Culture I:

On-campus course: Written examination, oral presentations, active seminar participation and attendance at lectures

Distance course: Active participation in online discussions, written assignments and oral examination.

Language and Linguistics I:

On-campus course: Essay, Written examination, active seminar participation, attendance at lectures

Distance course: Active participation in online discussions, written assignments and oral examination.

Language and Linguistics II:

On-campus course: Written examination, written hand-in assignments, active seminar participation, attendance at lectures.

Distance course: Active participation in online discussions, written assignments and oral examination.

Literature and Culture II:

On-campus course: Written examination, written hand-in assignments, oral presentations, active seminar participation and attendance at lectures.

Distance course: Active participation in online discussions, written assignments and oral examination.


If a student has missed more than 20% of the seminars and lectures in a module, this can only be compensated for by attending the seminars and/or lectures required to reach a minimum level of 80% overall attendance when the module is offered on another occasion.

The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

If a student has a certificate from Södertörn University for compensatory support, the examiner has the right to decide on an adapted examination or alternative form of examination in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

Restrictions on accreditation

The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.

Other stipulations

Module 1001 "Literature and Culture I" corresponds in full to the modules "Literature and Culture I", "Literature and Culture", "Literature and Culture A" and "Literature and Culture in the English-Speaking World" in previous course syllabuses for English A with course codes: EN021G, 1148EN, 1140EN, 1133EN, 1126EN, 1101EN, 1086EN, 1078EN, 1059EN, 1041EN, 1031EN. 1028EN, 1017EN, 1014EN, 1001EN.
Module 1001 "Literature and Culture I" corresponds in full to the course syllabus for "Literature and Culture I" with course code EN004G.

Module 1002 "Language and Linguistics I" corresponds in full to the modules "Survey Course in English Linguistics" and "General Course in English Linguistics" in previous course syllabuses for English A with course codes: EN021G, 1148EN, 1140EN, 1133EN, 1126EN, 1101EN, 1086EN,1078EN, 1059EN 1041EN.
Module 1002 "Language and Linguistics I" corresponds in full to the course syllabus for "Language and Linguistics I" with course code EN030G.

Module 1003 "Language and Linguistics II" corresponds in part to the modules "Grammar A" and "Grammar" in previous course syllabuses for English A with course codes: EN021G, 1148EN, 1140EN, 1133EN, 1126EN, 1101EN, 1086EN,1078EN, 1059EN, 1041EN, 1031EN, 1028EN, 1017EN.
Module 1003 "Language and Linguistics II" corresponds in full to the course syllabus for "Language and Linguistics II" with course code EN028G.

Module 1004 "Literature and Culture II" corresponds in part to the module "English in a Global Context" in previous course syllabuses for English A with course codes: 1140EN, 1133EN, 1126EN 1101EN,1086EN, 1078EN, 1059EN, 1041EN, 1031EN. 1028EN, 1017EN, 1014EN, 1001EN.
Module 1004 "Literature and Culture II" corresponds in full to the module "Literature and Culture II" in the previous course syllabus for English A with course code EN021G.
Module 1004 "Literature and Culture II" corresponds in full to the course syllabus for "Literature and Culture II" with course code EN005G.