M.A. Sociocultural Linguistics MA

Department of English & Comparative Literature | Goldsmiths, University of London | London, United Kingdom
This interdisciplinary programme looks at language from a sociocultural perspective. It is designed for anyone with an interest in the relationship between language, culture and society but also provides students with a solid understanding of English language and linguistics. The MA develops students’ understanding of historical and contemporary debates in (socio)linguistics and discourse analysis and enhances students’ analytic and linguistic skills by introducing different approaches to the analysis of written and spoken language use from a range of everyday and institutional contexts.

Description of Sociocultural Linguistics MA

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Topics covered include: language and ideology; linguistic performances of identity (particularly language and gender, sexuality, ethnicity and social class); language and the media; talk at work; global English; intercultural communication; multilingualism and code-switching; varieties of English. Students are encouraged to engage with these topics by drawing on their own social, cultural and occupational backgrounds in class discussions and in their written work. Students are also encouraged to collect their own samples of written and spoken language use and learn to subject those to in-depth critical analysis.

This MA will draw on findings, theories and methodologies from: sociolinguistics, semantics, pragmatics, spoken and written discourse analysis, ethnography, semiotics, feminist stylistics; multimodal analysis; interactional sociolinguistics, conversational analysis, membership categorisation analysis, performativity and narrative analysis. The programmes distinct interdisciplinary ethos is also reflected in students opportunity to choose from a selection of relevant option courses in other departments of the College.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline No application deadline, but note internal bursary deadlines.
Tuition fee Not specified
Start date September  2015
Duration full-time 12 months
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

English Language Requirements

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7
CAE score
193(Grade B)

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Requirements for Sociocultural Linguistics MA

You should have an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a humanities/ arts subject, but other qualifications of equivalent level are considered. If your first language is not English you need a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (including 7.0 in the written element) or equivalent.

Work Experience for Sociocultural Linguistics MA

No work experience is required.

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Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom

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