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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Goldsmiths, University of London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

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.
  • You will learn how authentic spoken English is used as a resource by speakers to achieve their goals, signal intimacy or dislike, gossip or report, persuade or interview others, position themselves and their identities in different ways. You will learn how written English and other semiotic practices are used to report and to distort, create ingroups and outgroups, reflect and perpetuate ideologies in a variety of print and social media.
  • You'll draw on findings, theories and methodologies from across multiple disciplines, including sociocultural linguistics, pragmatics, discourse analysis, ethnography, semiotics, multimodal analysis, conversational analysis and narrative analysis.
  • The programme’s distinct interdisciplinary ethos is also reflected in your opportunity to choose one module from a selection of relevant option modules in other departments in Goldsmiths, including sociology, anthropology, media, politics, translation and literature.
  • We also run optional academic and research skills sessions throughout the year on reading and essay writing, conducting fieldwork, transcription, oral presentation skills, preparing for dissertation etc.

Skills

  • Ability to analyse and evaluate a wide variety of spoken and written (English) language in personal as well as institutional settings
  • Ability to execute and manage substantial linguistic projects independently
  • Recognition of the technical and ethical issues involved in organizing and conducting field-work, data collection and transcription
  • Proficient understanding of debates, research and methodology in sociolinguistics and discourse analysis
  • Competence in identifying and sifting through primary data sources to identify linguistic patterns
  • Expert use of analytical techniques of micro- linguistic analysis
  • In-depth understanding of the spontaneous talk and different genres of written English.

Tuition fees

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£ 14,760per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Goldsmiths, University of London

  • University League Table

    68th

  • Campus address

    Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, Lewisham, SE14 6NW, England

Join a friendly international community at a university where students and staff come from over 140 countries across the globe.
Goldsmiths is a single-site campus, so students can enjoy the best of both a campus student experience and life in London.
Goldsmiths has innovative programmes for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as exciting study abroad opportunities.

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