In the MA Language and Intercultural Communication we are particularly interested in providing a broad-based approach to the study of language both as a cultural resource and a cultural practice.
From the former perspective both the range of linguistic forms available within a language as well as the patterns of linguistic usage by its speakers gives expression to that culture’s worldview, socio-cultural norms and values. From the latter, the very act of linguistic communication is used to both create and sustain our sense of personal, cultural and national identity.
To further the study of these cultural patterns, the programme makes use of a variety of different analytic approaches ranging from Discourse Analysis and ethnolinguistics to semiotics and cross-cultural pragmatics.
The course will be of interest to students of English and other languages who are seeking to deepen their knowledge of language as a cultural object, as well as a range of professionals, including language teachers, concerned with issues of interpersonal and intercultural communication.
Why Study Language and Intercultural Communication at UEA?
Several factors combine to make UEA an exciting choice:
As a student within Language and Communication Studies, you will benefit from a vibrant environment with a focus on issues relating to contemporary language and translation. The work we undertake has successfully positioned us at the cutting edge of research, ensuring our graduates are well-informed and highly employable.
Research focuses on cross-cultural communication, with all staff sharing an interest in the study of language use (pragmatics), translation, interpreting and media in an intercultural and multilingual framework. The different standpoints from which they approach the interaction between language and forms of communication constitute complementary and mutually enriching perspectives, in line with UEA’s tradition of interdisciplinary research and Critical Linguistics research.
We provide a friendly and stimulating environment in which to study. The size of Language and Communication Studies at UEA allows for more personal staff-student contact and individual academic support than in many larger institutions.
Furthermore, we house the James Platt Centre for Language Learning which provides an extensive range of language resources including live satellite broadcasts, CDs and DVDs in various foreign languages, as well as a wide variety of foreign language printed matter. These materials complement the excellent holdings of the UEA library. IT facilities are excellent throughout the University.
The wide range of linguistically diverse students enrolled on both this and other MA programmes within Language and Communication Studies provides a rich environment in which to study intercultural communication.
Course Content and Structure
The MA in Language in Intercultural Communication is a one-year, full-time taught course but it can also be taken part-time over two years.
The structure of the programme allows individuals to develop their own interests within a structured framework of theoretical training. Some flexibility is built into the course by allowing one module to be chosen from any relevant MA module offered within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Teaching is mainly through the media of seminars and individual dissertation supervision.
The programme consists of three compulsory taught modules: Linguistic Communication amongst Cultures, Textual Interaction and Ideology: The Power of Discourse, and Cultural Representations and Language. The fourth taught module is selected either from Language Issues in a Global Multilingual Context or any other approved MA module from within Language and Communication Studies or the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. There is also a compulsory Research Methods module which is taken by all LCS MA students.
The final compulsory element of the programme is a 15,000 word dissertation on a subject chosen by the student in consultation with members of academic staff. Work on the dissertation starts at Easter and proceeds full-time until its completion at the beginning of September.
Assessment is on the basis of coursework and the dissertation (although modules taken from outside of Language and Communication Studies may contain an examined element).
Students who successfully complete the MA will have developed to a high level their awareness and understanding of issues of culture and communication through language. They will have become familiar with different approaches to these issues, and gained the ability to assess these approaches critically and to evaluate their usefulness to their own needs and circumstances.
They will also have honed their academic skills including, the ability to read and utilise research literature, independent research, with a focus on appropriate methodology, data collection, analysis, synthesis and evaluation , presentation skills (oral and written), and the IT skills required to achieve these goals.
The programme will provide a suitable foundation for further postgraduate studies at MPhil and PhD level.
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Last updated August 1, 2016