Year one modules

Compulsory modules:

English Language: Sounds, Structures, and Words

(20 credits)

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. 

Theories of Language 

(20 credits) 

This module examines key theoretical approaches to the study of language and the seminal thinkers behind them.

Practice of Writing 

(20 credits)

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

(20 credits)

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 

(20 credits)

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