Language and Society MA
Facts about Language and Society
|Duration||Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
|Attendance||To be confirmed|
|Assessment||Continuous assessments in individual modules through a range of formats including essays, presentations, practical projects and exams, plus assessment of final dissertation|
Choose Kingston's Language and Society MA
Language is shaped by the social worlds we inhabit and, at the same time, shapes society. Language also enables us to express representations of sociocultural worlds within our minds. Human beings are intelligent social actors competent in the strategic use of language for confirming or contesting aspects of the social worlds of ethnicity, age, gender, social class and many more.
The Language and Society MA provides students with an advanced understanding of the intricacies characterising the relationship between linguistic structures and social categories. It covers the key research methods in the interdisciplinary field of sociolinguistics and their application to a range of areas including language and identity, discourse, performance and social interaction, ideologies and social structure, culture and the mind.
By the end of the programme, students will have developed solid theoretical knowledge in a range of research traditions as well as an advanced competence in qualitative research methods for the study of language and society. The MA is unique in that it allows students to undertake original research within the area of language and society from any of the following perspectives – sociolinguistic, sociocultural or sociocognitive.
Students have the opportunity to explore topics relating, for instance, to the evolution and transmission of culture, intercultural communication, bi/multilingualism, attitudes to language varieties, voice, narrative and inequality in ordinary and institutional settings, media representations of social worlds, global spreads of language and cultural forms with specific reference to English and new media.
The course is designed for students who have completed a degree in English language, linguistics, sociology or cognate subject area, as well as those who work in language-related professions (such as teachers, translators and language consultants).
What will you study?
Students are expected to complete 180 credits at level 6/7. The MA combines core modules, one of which is the dissertation, with a choice of options from within the programme and related courses.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
- Discourse, Power and Inequality
- Language Description, Materials and Methods
- Language, Ethnicity and Identity
- Political Communication, Advocacy and Campaigning
- Principles of Intercultural Communication
- Language and Media
- Special Study: Language and Emotion
- Special Study: Meaning
- Special Study: Narrative
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