Imagine what a world without language would be like...
Language is central to our personal and professional lives but we rarely stop and think about how it works. Do you know what affects the way we use language when we communicate, or the way we learn languages? Can you describe the relationship between language and culture or explain why we get intercultural miscommunication? What research methods can be used to explore the relationship between language, culture and communication?
Helping you answer questions like these is the primary goal of our BA, a course designed to help you develop expertise and skills in language and communication.
Our course takes an interdisciplinary approach to language, culture and communication. With this broader understanding, our graduates go on to work in a range of professions where communication, cultural knowledge and language awareness and competence are crucial, including international business, management and consulting, public relations and human resources, diplomatic service, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and aid agencies, education – teaching and research, healthcare and medical companies, manufacturing industries, editing and publishing, public sector organisations and university international offices.
The individual modules on our degree give you the opportunity to explore language, culture and communication from a variety of angles. For example, you can explore issues related to how we use language in different social contexts, unpack the relationship between language and culture, examine communication in different domains such as business or in the media, and explore the building blocks of language and how languages are learnt. You will also develop research skills that you can use to carry out your own projects. Research skills are sought after by employers, and the skills you learn with us you will be able to transfer to a range of research questions in your future workplace. If you take the foreign language route through our degree, you will also be provided with the opportunity to learn a foreign language and to reflect on your learning processes.
You may also choose to enhance your experience and apply your language, culture and communication skills with a year of study and/or work placement abroad. In your second and third years you can also choose from a range of relevant modules from other departments in the faculty of social sciences or across the university. This includes, but is not limited to, modules from Politics, Sociology, Media or the School of Modern Languages.