Linguistics is a popular course taken on its own or in combination with a language. It is devoted to the scientific study of natural language and concerned with how languages evolve, are structured and what they have in common. It also studies how languages are acquired and used. Our programme enables you to develop a sound knowledge of both theoretical and applied perspectives and places emphasis on English, with examples from other languages when appropriate.
In year one, all students will study four units designed to develop a strong basis from which to develop an advanced understanding of Linguistics.
The unit will form a solid grounding for an understanding of the role of linguistics as an academic subject and the importance of its different ramifications within society. It will comprise of the following topics:
This unit introduces the study of language in a variety of social contexts. It examines the ways in which language functions and how it is linked with thought and identity. It also looks at language use in politics and its manipulation by the media.
In year two, all students will take one core linguistics unit. Additionally, you will be given a number of options to choose from to make up your other three modules.
BALLT Work Placement
This unit aims for the students to develop as a Learning and Teaching Assistant in local schools, supportingremedial students. You will gain valuable work experience and strengthen your CV at the same time.
Engaging the Humanities and Social Science: Interdisciplinary Learning and Practice
This is an innovative cross-departmental unit which provides an opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary context alongside other students from a range of undergraduate programmes within Humanities, Languages & Social Science.
Forensic linguistics explores the interface between language and the law, and draws on all levels of language. Through consideration and analysis of forensic data, you will be introduced to key issues specific to forensic linguistic analyses (e.g. data collection and ethics). You will explore the use of language in, and linguistic issues arising from, key stages of the criminal justice system (including, for instance, during emergency calls to the police, police interviews, and during various stages of courtroom trials).
This unit introduces concepts and issues in intercultural communication. The unit makes use of both established and in-house research, using approaches and analytical frameworks from pragmatics, discourse analysis and the ethnography of communication. You will reflect on how context may influence negotiation of meaning in a variety of cultural contexts. The unit equips you with a comprehensive set of tools for the analysis of intercultural communication from a language perspective and develops the resources needed to identify features of effective communication with people from diverse contexts. The unit prepares you for carrying out empirical research in the field of intercultural communication, critically evaluating empirical data and presenting research findings
This unit introduces key concepts in communication and meaning negotiation in intercultural interaction and equips students with tools for carrying out empirical research and research findings. With the Uniwide Language option you can study a further language.
This unit includes criticisms of Communicative Language Teaching and other methodologies from a number of perspectives, the rôle of the native speaker, linguistic imperialism, ELT as a cultural export, corpus linguistics in ELT, critical approaches to second language acquisition, sociological and ecological approaches to ELT, and other topics from critical applied linguistics.
In year three, all students will take four core units. You may take Language, Image, Media with or without a Uniwide Language option.
This unit will provide you with an opportunity to conduct individual research on a topic appropriate to your degree programme. The units approach will be flexible and may encompass a range of methods to enable you to achieve your learning outcomes.
The unit promotes an understanding of how linguistic and non-linguistic communication systems operate within the mass media and equips students with methodological tools for critically evaluating media discourse and cultural artefacts.
Studying alongside the Language, Image, Media unit you can add a further foreign language to your portfolio of skills. Enhance your employability by learning Classical Latin, English (as a foreign language), German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Modern Standard Arabic, Spanish or Urdu alongside your main degree. Whatever your language knowledge, from Beginners to Advanced, these classes will take you to the next level of proficiency.
Universal Grammar forms the first part of the course. The second part introduces some sociolinguistic findings. The concluding part compares prescriptivism to descriptivism in linguistics.
Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.
Assessment is by a variety of different methods, including essay, written examination, portfolio, and dissertation.
10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
If a student chooses to take a language as a joint or major subject, they are expected to engage with their Period of Residence Abroad. In this case, the course will run for 4 years instead of 3 years (or part-time equivalent)
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/languages/staff/
In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation
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