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Course content

Our Language & Cultural Diversity MA examines the complex relationship between language and cultural diversity, and will equip you with an advanced knowledge of the major approaches to linguistic aspects of culture. Through the course you will develop the research skills and knowledge to support further study in empirical and applied linguistics.

 Key benefits

  • Strong research environment including a number of research workshops and seminar series.
  • A broad range of module choices with three thematic areas, our MA courses are both research and professionally oriented.
  • Stimulating and intellectually challenging teaching and learning environment which aims to maximise your critical analysis skills and autonomous learning.
  • The Centre for Language, Discourse & Communication, with which you will automatically be affiliated during your time as a student, forms part of the King’s Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council.
  • We occupy a prominent position in national and international research networks.

Description

This course examines the complex relationship between language and cultural diversity, and will equip you with:

  • An understanding of language use in urban multi-cultural contexts in a globalised world, and of how personal and socio-cultural identities such as gender, age and ethnicity are shaped, both institutionally and at a local level of everyday social interaction.
  • An ability to critically analyse and evaluate issues of cultural diversity and intercultural communication.
  • Research skills and knowledge relevant to further study in empirical and applied linguistics.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We teach our modules through lectures, teacher-led class discussions and student-led group discussions. Typically 20 hours of class time per 20 credit module, with 180 hours of independent study. These sessions include lecturing, teacher-led class discussions and student-led group discussions around core readings in the field. The number of contact hours for each optional module varies. There will be six hours of academic writing workshops.

There will also be 7 hours of one-to-one dissertation supervision for the Dissertation modules, and typically 4.5 hours of dissertation workshops, to complement 588.5 hours of self-study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

The way we will assess you will depend on your choice of modules. For our required modules, this will be through a combination of essays and examination. We assess our other modules in various ways, but typically with essays and oral presentations. The dissertation is assessed by an extended piece of writing, 15,000 words long.

Career prospects

Our graduates use the skills which they develop with us to pursue careers in doctoral research, journalism, publishing, international relations and language-related professions such as teaching, translation and interpreting.

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