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Language, Culture & Communication (BA) (Full-Time, 2020 Entry)

Language, Culture & Communication with Intercalated Year (BA)

Language, Culture & Communication with Intercalated Year (BA)



  • UCAS Code
  • X3Q8
  • Qualification
  • BA
  • Duration
  • 3 or 4 years full-time
  • Entry Requirements
  • A level: AAB
  • IB: 36
  • (See full entry
  • requirements below)


The Centre for Applied Linguistics offers a unique approach to the study of language: we apply linguistic knowledge and theory to solve real-world problems. On Language, Culture and Communication (BA) you will build an interdisciplinary foundation from leading research in language and communication. Then you will apply your learning to explore, challenge, and address problems and find meaningful solutions. You will be constantly fascinated by the linguistic world around you and will be empowered to use language to improve your world.


Warwick’s Language, Culture, and Communication degree is a globally unique interdisciplinary program that prepares students to forge careers in the international marketplace. The degree combines elements of linguistics, intercultural communication, social psychology and public relations. You will develop a unique combination of intellectual, analytical, research, and communication skills, and apply them in a range of authentic situations. You’ll also develop your expertise in communicating effectively in different contexts, cultures and languages, and acquire first-hand experience of living abroad and working in multicultural contexts.

Students are automatically enrolled on the four-year course, which includes an optional intercalated year in the third year. During the intercalated year, you may pursue a study abroad programme or a work placement (subject to you meeting departmental academic requirements). Students who do not wish to have an intercalated year will be moved to the three-year course.

Year 1: 120 CATS is core.

Year 2: Year 2: 75 CATS core & 45 CATS options.

Final Year: 60 CATS core & 60 CATS options.

You will study 6-to 7 modules per year. Most modules are comprised of a weekly 2-hour lecture and 1-hour small-group seminar, for 3 hours of weekly contact time with each tutor. You will spend independent study time preparing for classes, reading primary texts, and completing practical exercises. Practical exercises emphasise student-led research projects. Additional online materials are available and there will be various events and activities to further enhance your learning. Your personal tutor will provide additional learning and pastoral support throughout your degree.

Contact hours
12 hours per week.

Class size

Lectures vary depending on the module. Seminars are typically around 15 students.

Assessment will normally take the form of 50% coursework and 50% examination. The final degree classification is determined by your second and final year marks, and each contributes 50%.

If you wish to spend a year abroad (which we thoroughly recommend), this will take place in your third year, meaning that you will complete your degree in four years instead of three. All students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the International Student Office offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

You may decide to make use of the optional intercalated third year by organising a work placement. The University Careers Office can advise on potential work placement opportunities; however, it will be entirely your responsibility to find and apply for a work placement.

A level: AAB

IB: 36

Contextual data and differential offers
Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP)
    All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

Taking a gap year
Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

Interviews
We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

Open Days
All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year One
Linguistics: Understanding Language

What is language? What is it made of? What rules do we follow when we put sounds together to create words and when we combine words to create sentences? How many languages are spoken in the world today, and in which ways are they similar or different? These are some of the questions that you will explore on this module. Using examples from different languages, you will analyse real-life language data in order to develop the practical skills required for linguistic analysis.

Foreign Language Learning

In this module, you will engage in learning a major language in the university’s cutting-edge Language Centre and develop your ability to learn any language in the future. Choosing from Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian or Spanish, you will develop your understanding of linguistic diversity, dominance and change, and be able to reflect self-critically on the processes required for second language acquisition.

Culture, Cognition and Society

In this module, you will gain a thorough and critical understanding of the concepts, theories and research findings of cognitive and social psychology. You will start by learning the fundamental features of cognition, such as perception, attention and memory, before going on to examine the extent to which cognition is influenced by culture and society. By the end of your studies, you will be able to explain key concepts of culture, cognition and society, and describe their principal applications in cross-cultural psychology.

Language in Society

In this module, you will learn to unpack the ways in which language shapes and is shaped by society. You will analyse critically how language operates in different linguistic and cultural settings, using a range of theoretical concepts, empirical research and methodologies to understand, describe and interpret language use in society. This includes an investigative study of language use, during which you will also develop your communication and study skills.

Research, Academic and Professional Skills

Providing a foundation for modules ET214 and ET215, this module will help you develop the research, academic and professional skills needed to succeed at university and beyond. You will explore research, data-collection and analytical methodologies, using real-life examples of language, culture and communication. You will develop an analytical toolkit to serve you in multiple contexts, including your future career. You will also become familiar with research conventions, including ethical approval, literature review, communication and critical understanding of academic writing.

Year Two
Linguistics: Structure, Sound and Meaning

This module provides you with intensive instruction in six core domains of linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. You will expand substantially on concepts that were introduced to you during Linguistics: Understanding Language. You will work from a wide range of language data to develop your knowledge of findings, theories, and methodologies from these domains. You will build core disciplinary knowledge that is essential to any field of linguistics inquiry, and establish a necessary foundation for advanced linguistic research.

Culture and Interpersonal Relations

This interdisciplinary module will provide you with a multifaceted understanding of the ways that language, culture, and human psychology come together in the process of understanding and communicating meanings in intercultural communication. You will explore concepts and theories from a number of disciplines that attempt to explain the influence of culture on communicative processes. You will also consider how social attitudes affect perceptions of self and other, and how stereotypes and prejudice impact on intercultural communication. In this module, students have many opportunities to take the initiative in their learning and to understand more deeply their own ways of perceiving and responding to cultural diversity.


Qualitative Research Methods

The ability to conduct research is a great skill to have that is also highly sought after by employers. On this course, you will develop your understanding of qualitative research methods and data-collection techniques, and learn how to analyse qualitative data. By conducting your own project, you will hone the crucial skills and attributes needed to conduct research in the future, combining the qualities of resilience and intellectual curiosity with personal and project management skills and critical thinking.

OR

Quantitative Research Methods

Building on the foundations in ET120 Research, Academic and Professional Skills, you will progress to developing your research skills through deeper insights into the generic principles of planning, collecting and analysing quantitative data. In addition to weekly engagement with real-life problem-solving tasks, you will be a member of a group project conducting empirical research. You will appreciate the purpose and application of different quantitative research designs and their relevance in applied contexts, such as organisational analysis and consulting. At the end of the module, you will be able to critically review quantitative data and understand its power as well as its limitations, and also demonstrate the skills needed to generate, analyse and interpret such data in the workplace.


Year Three
Communication Modes

In this module, you will learn how the sounds, gestures and facial expressions we make combine with linguistic choices to give meaning to our messages and influence our interpretation of the messages of others. You will develop a deeper awareness of the impact of different modes of communication and increase your understanding of the research and analysis that underpin our knowledge of human communication in all its complexity.


Qualitative Research Methods

The ability to conduct research is a great skill to have that is also highly sought after by employers. On this course, you will develop your understanding of qualitative research methods and data-collection techniques, and learn how to analyse qualitative data. By conducting your own project, you will hone the crucial skills and attributes needed to conduct research in the future, combining the qualities of resilience and intellectual curiosity with personal and project management skills and critical thinking.

OR

Quantitative Research Methods

Building on the foundations in ET120 Research, Academic and Professional Skills, you will progress to developing your research skills through deeper insights into the generic principles of planning, collecting and analysing quantitative data. In addition to weekly engagement with real-life problem-solving tasks, you will be a member of a group project conducting empirical research. You will appreciate the purpose and application of different quantitative research designs and their relevance in applied contexts, such as organisational analysis and consulting. At the end of the module, you will be able to critically review quantitative data and understand its power as well as its limitations, and also demonstrate the skills needed to generate, analyse and interpret such data in the workplace.


Dissertation

You will develop a research project independently, with the support and guidance of a supervisor, and write a substantial piece of work discussing your findings. You will analyse secondary quantitative datasets, so improving your skills in quantitative research, critical analysis and argument, creative thinking and academic writing. This self-directed project will foster your specific intellectual interests and aptitudes, and provides excellent training if you propose to study beyond undergraduate level. Through taking responsibility for your work, you will develop the important skills of time management and the presentation and communication of empirical research results both orally and in writing.

Examples of optional modules/options for current students

Intercultural Business Communication; Sociolinguistics; English Across Cultures; Professional Communication; Multilingualism and Culture; Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning modules; Foreign Language module.

Applied Linguistics is relevant to a range of exciting careers 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.

Helping you find the right career

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant who works within Student Careers and Skills to help you as an individual. Additionally your Senior Careers Consultant offers impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events, tailored to our department, throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Linguistics Careers
  • CV Workshop
  • Interview preparation
  • Making the most of your time at Warwick and securing work experience opportunities
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year

Find out more about our Careers & Skills Services here.

A level: AAB

IB: 36

Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

UCAS code
X3Q8

Award
Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department
Centre for Applied Linguistics

Duration
4 years full-time, including year abroad/work placement (students who do not wish to have an intercalated year will be moved to the 3-year course)

Start date
28 September 2020

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.

This information is applicable for 2020 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

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