Bachelor Programme of English: Language, Literature and Society

General

Program Description

This programme gives the students increased proficiency in the English language together with theoretical knowledge about English.

This comprises both oral and written proficiency, as well as a thorough introduction to English linguistics and literary theory, including the ability to correctly apply this knowledge. The focus throughout the programme is on communication, and the aim of the modules that do not explicitly focus on English is to strengthen the student's communicative ability in various ways, and to make the student aware of how the use of English is affected by historical, cultural, and social circumstances, as well as the subject area and the medium through which it is communicated.

Overall educational goals

The BA in English: Language, Literature, and Society aims to enable students to further develop their existing knowledge and skills in English develop their knowledge of English literature and linguistics. The students will also increase their communicative ability and understanding of communication. Furthermore, they will become aware of the impact on the use of English of history, culture and society and of the subject matter and medium concerned. On completion of the programme, students shall have the knowledge and skills required to work in different contexts in which English is used for communication or as an integral part of activities.

Degree goals

Knowledge and understanding

For a BA in English: Language, Literature, and Society the student shall demonstrate

  • knowledge of the structure and properties of English
  • knowledge and understanding of the disciplinary foundation of English literary studies and linguistics and knowledge of applicable methodologies
  • specialized knowledge of a field of English literature or linguistics and an awareness of current research issues

Competence and skills

For a BA in English: Language, Literature, and Society the student shall demonstrate

  • the ability to analyze texts and language data on the basis of linguistic or literary theories
  • the ability to search for, collect, assess and critically interpret relevant information on an issue
  • the ability to critically discuss phenomena, issues, and situations from the perspectives of culture and language
  • the ability to identify, formulate and solve problems autonomously and to complete tasks within predetermined time frames
  • the ability to present and discuss information, problems, and solutions in speech and writing and in dialogue with different audiences
  • the skills required to work autonomously in fields where English in connection with language, literature, and society is relevant

Judgement and approach

For a BA in English: Language, Literature, and Society the student shall demonstrate

  • the ability to make assessments in the main field of English (language, literature, and society) informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical issues
  • insight into the role of knowledge in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used
  • the ability to identify the need for further knowledge and ongoing learning

Structure and content

This section provides an overview of the programme structure and the programme content each semester, followed by a summary of the content and development of knowledge and skills within the programme.

Overview and summary

English I in semester 1 provides students with an introduction to the main field of the programme and with basic knowledge and skills in tertiary English.

In semester 2 this is followed by courses in rhetoric, history and creative and critical reading and writing, aiming to provide a broader context for English and English communication, also including historical, cultural and societal dimensions. A broader perspective is offered, encompassing not only the UK and USA but also other countries in which English has the function of an official language. In addition to acquiring theoretical knowledge, students will be enabled to use English in speech and writing.

Semester 3 returns to the main field in the shape of English II, which is a direct development of English I but also linked to knowledge and skills acquired in semester 2. In addition to working on language proficiency, students develop their knowledge and understanding of linguistic and literary theories.

Semester 4 focuses on intercultural communication and international relations and is based on linguistic aspects of English II and historical aspects of semester 2.

The courses in semester 4 prepare students for the elective courses in semester 5, in which they have the opportunity to study abroad. If the student decides to remain at Kristianstad University, there are options within the main field or adjacent fields. The student can also select courses in other disciplines, provided that the language of instruction is English. The idea behind this option is not only that it provides insights into a new field but that it illustrates how English is used in different fields to communicate different types of subject matter. It is also possible for students to select courses with a bearing on a future career. Finally, a part of the semester can be used for a work placement.

The final semester consists of the final course in the main field, English III, in which students are to produce a research paper worth 15 credits. The language of instruction in all courses in English, irrespective of study location.

The programme includes different types of assessment. Written exams are used to assess grammar and phonetics, whereas oral proficiency and literature are assessed in the context of seminars. Several modules include written assignments or take-home exams.

Entry requirements and selection

General requirements for university studies in Sweden. Specific requirements: intermediate level English (equivalent of Swedish course English B)

Degree

A student who has passed all the courses specified in the present programme syllabus will be awarded a degree of Bachelor of Arts in English: Language, Literature, and Society.

Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

Kristianstad University was founded in 1977. Today there are about 14,000 students at the campus, situated just 10 minutes from the town centre. On the campus you have access to inspiring meeting plac ... Read More

Kristianstad University was founded in 1977. Today there are about 14,000 students at the campus, situated just 10 minutes from the town centre. On the campus you have access to inspiring meeting places and a wide range of services within a short walking distance. Read less