Year one modules

Compulsory modules:

English Language: Sounds, Structures, and Words

This module provides in-depth coverage of the descriptive aspects of language. It provides grounding in the phonology, morphology, grammar and lexis of English, including the concepts and technical terminology used to describe the characteristics of the language. 

English Language: Development, Discourse, Diversity 

This module introduces you to various aspects of language in use, covering child language acquisition, language variation, standardisation, language education, and text and discourse analysis. 

Practice of Writing 

This module improves understanding of the language used in different genres and styles, and provides insight into the practical issues facing anyone who tries to edit, improve or correct the writing of others. 

Introducing Corpus Linguistics

Corpus linguistics is the computer-assisted analysis of very large databases (‘corpora’) of authentic language data. Once considered a highly specialised and advanced-level research field, corpus linguistics has now become part of the basic methodological apparatus of almost all branches of modern linguistics. The module will demonstrate how to use corpus analysis software to investigate a variety of existing spoken and written corpora, and how to build small corpora for analysis.

Investigating Language 

This module introduces the key skills and methods required to carry out language research, including critical reading; writing a literature review; questionnaire design, interview techniques and corpus analysis. The module provides a strong foundation for further independent research in the second and third years.

Module Outside the Main Discipline:

There is a vast selection of different options available to be taken as MOMDs each year.

A few examples of the sorts of modules enjoyed by our students are:

  • Italian Beginners' Language
  • Foundations of Politics
  • Making Culture: New Ways of Reading Things
  • The History of Philosophy
  • Landmarks in European Film
  • Art and Contexts
  • Advance reading list for 2014/2015