Description

This programme looks at language from a sociocultural perspective. It’s designed for anyone with an interest in the relationship between language, culture and society but also provides a solid understanding of English language and linguistics.

Why study MA Sociocultural Linguistics at Goldsmiths?

  • This degree focuses on (socio)linguistics and discourse analysis and enhances your analytic and linguistic skills by introducing different approaches to the analysis of written and spoken language from a range of everyday and institutional contexts.
  • You’ll cover topics such as language and ideology, linguistic performances of identity (particularly language and gender, sexuality, ethnicity and social class), language and the media, talk at work, English in a multilingual world, intercultural communication, English as a Lingua Franca, multilingualism and code-switching, and attitudes to different varieties of English.
  • You’ll be encouraged to engage with these topics by drawing on your own social, cultural and occupational backgrounds in class discussions and in your written work. The opportunity to explore new interests in written work, including the dissertation (dissertation), has allowed many of our students to forge new career trajectories, e.g. in internationalisation, diversity and inclusion, marketing, advertising, journalism, work for NGOs and many different educational contexts, including language teaching.
  • You will be encouraged to engage in hands-on analysis of spoken and written language, after receiving training in how to collect, transcribe and analyse different types of language data, in interviews, natural conversational context, and a various written texts and corpora.

Study Details:

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Module Details:

Core modules
Core Issues in English Language & Linguistics 30 credits
Language in its Sociocultural Context 30 credits

Option modules
You may choose two linguistic options or one linguistic option and one option from other MA programmes within the College, where specifically approved by the Programme Co-ordinator.

Discourse and identity in spoken interaction 30 credits
English in a Multilingual World 30 credits
Intercultural Discourse & Communication 30 credits
Language & Ideology in Written Discourse 30 credits
English as a Lingua Franca and Language Teaching 30 credits

Student Destinations

Potential careers

  • Publishing
  • Journalism
  • Internationalisation
  • British Council roles
  • Public relations
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Translation
  • Advertising
  • The civil service
  • Business
  • Industry
  • The media

Fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2020/21 academic year. Home/EU - full-time: £8040 Home/EU - part-time: £4020 International - full-time: £14760

Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

No prior knowledge of linguistics is required. If you would like to explore the options, given your personal background, please get in touch.

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