Language Sciences


Program Description

Education objectives

  1. To understand and to describe the way by which language activity, in both spoken and written forms, is part of a more general set of communicative activities;

  2. To acquire basic knowledge, within various frameworks, in main areas of linguistics – phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, discourse – fundamental for an understanding of language activity;

  3. To understand the mechanisms underlying language variation and change phenomena and to use adequate methods and theoretical concepts;

  4. To understand and to describe the relationships between language and cognition, language and society, and language and discourse;

  5. To develop abilities to analyse, describe and explain the functioning of different natural languages, assessing the appropriateness of distinct theoretical frameworks;

  6. To master basic techniques of linguistic data collection, analysis and interpretation;

  7. To develop abilities to use new technologies in the study and analysis of spoken and written linguistic productions;

  8. To develop competences for the application of the acquired knowledge to different areas, e.g. language pathologies, translation studies, language teaching/learning, elaboration of scientific, didactic and lexicographic tools, among others.

Access conditions

Students may be admitted to Higher Education through the National Competition for Access to Higher Education, special competitions/regimes and entry systems, re-enrolment systems, course changes and transfers. To apply for access to higher education through the National Competition, students must fulfill the requirements described in DGES/Access to Higher Education.

Degree pre-requisites

Duration: 3 years/6 semesters.

Duration: 3 years/6 semesters.

Students must perform 180 credits: 120 credits based in the compulsory curricular units, 30 credits to be chosen in a set of elective optionals and 30 credits undertaken in free-elective optionals or in a minor of another scientific area. Every semester, the student may not sign up in more than 30 credits, respecting the precedence when these have been set. At the beginning of each semester, students will be advised of the curricular units to carry out in order to appropriate them to their academic career.

The undergraduate students can still benefit from the different mobility programmes in which FCSH/NOVA participates as Erasmus +, Almeida Garrett exchange programmes, among others, and participate in research within the research units of the Faculty.

Access to other courses

Completion of the licenciatura degree allows the holder to apply for Masters programmes or other post-graduate courses including those which do not confer a degree.

Evaluation rules

Students at FCSH/NOVA are evaluated based on the work developed over a semester, based on class participation, presentation of written and oral tests and examinations. The result obtained either by continuous assessment or evaluation of the tests is expressed on a scale of 0 to 20. To be approved, students must have at least 10 points to pass, however, who fail have a second chance to repeat the exams. SPECIAL PROCEDURES FOR EVALUATION: - Worker-Student - Students with the status of top athletes - Mothers and fathers students - Associative leaders - Military - Other special arrangements provided legally. Students with special needs can benefit from teaching and learning conditions to meet their needs.

Last updated Jan 2018

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The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas - FCSH) forms part of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. The Faculty is a legal person in public law, with academic ... Read More

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas - FCSH) forms part of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. The Faculty is a legal person in public law, with academic, pedagogic, administrative and financial autonomy. Read less