English Studies

Programme - first cycle - 180 credits

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2017

Programme Code:
HGENS revision 12
Language:
English
Date of establishment:
02 March 2007
Date of ratification:
11 March 2016
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
29 August 2016
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
25 October 2013

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + English B.

Organisation

Structure
The Bachelor in English Studies is a program that aims to reflect the diversity of contemporary English scholarship at the same time as it reflects the research interests of its faculty. The program is therefore designed around current understandings of the theory and practice of language and literature in its various social forms.

In linguistics, we emphasize such fields as phonetics, sociolinguistics, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse analysis, and also how the English language has developed into a global language of communication. In literary studies, the focus is the study of language-centered cultural production in general, including a special focus on narrative, relations between text and image, and literary and cultural theory. Particular attention is placed on examining the operations of power in the use of language with a special emphasis on gender, class, and ethnicity/race, but also on how technology and aesthetics are contributing to contemporary understandings of the world. This mix of subjects and perspectives enables the student to develop a sophisticated critical consciousness and an awareness of the ways in which language is structured and used for different purposes in a range of contexts. These contexts include, besides literature, visual communication, art, music, advertising, and span the emerging global-technological cultures of the English speaking world.

The program emphasizes the student’s own written and oral production, and offers the student a choice to include the performing arts and creative writing into the curriculum, thus merging critical and creative thinking. English Studies students gain skills that are applicable to a broad range of career opportunities, including teaching, media (editing, publishing, journalism, advertising, TV, radio, film, etc.), as well as business and administration. Students learn to analyze, evaluate, and create a wide range of texts. These transferable skills are recognized by employers who put a high value on: the construction of clearly expressed arguments; the logical presentation and analysis of ideas; the production of creative solutions; the competent management of large amounts of complex information; and the taking of initiative in conducting independent research.

The program provides a suitable foundation for graduate studies in English, creative writing, teaching, and other fields, both in Europe and worldwide.

Content

Courses

For programme with start Autumn 2017:
Autumn 2017 - Semester 1
Spring 2018 - Semester 2
Autumn 2018 - Semester 3
Spring 2019 - Semester 4
  • See comment below
Autumn 2019 - Semester 5
  • See comment below
Spring 2020 - Semester 6
In the final semester of the programme it is compulsory for the students to select either the literary or linguistics option.

During semester 4 and 5 students take elective courses, with the possibility of these being at universities abroad.

Terms 1, 2 and 6 are part of the main field of study.

Learning outcomes

First-cycle courses and study programmes shall develop:

  • the ability of students to make independent and critical assessments
  • the ability of students to identify, formulate and solve problems autonomously, and
  • the preparedness of students to deal with changes in working life.
In addition to knowledge and skills in English, students shall develop the ability to:
  • gather and interpret information at a scholarly level
  • stay abreast of the development of knowledge, and
  • communicate their knowledge to others, including those who lack specialist knowledge in English
Outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
For a Degree of Bachelor of Arts/Science the student shall
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the main field of study, including knowledge of the disciplinary foundation of the field, understanding of applicable methodologies in the field, specialised study in some aspect of the field as well as awareness of current research issues.
Competence and skills
For a Degree of Bachelor of Arts/Science the student shall
  • demonstrate the ability to search for, gather, evaluate and critically interpret the relevant information for a formulated problem and also discuss phenomena, issues and situations critically
  • demonstrate the ability to identify, formulate and solve problems autonomously and to complete tasks within predetermined time frames
  • demonstrate the ability to present and discuss information, problems and solutions in speech and writing and in dialogue with different audiences, and
  • demonstrate the skills required to work autonomously in the main field of study.
Judgement and approach
For a Degree of Bachelor of Arts/Science the student shall
  • demonstrate the ability to make assessments in the main field of study informed by relevant disciplinary, social and ethical issues
  • demonstrate insight into the role of knowledge in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used, and
  • demonstrate the ability to identify the need for further knowledge and ongoing learning.

Degree

Bachelor's Degree.

Bachelor of Arts with a major in English Studies.

Other Information

The language of instruction is English.


Progression requirements within the programme:

To continue studies from term 1 to term 2: 15 credits from term 1.

To continue studies from term 2 to term 3: 30 credits from term 1.

To start the final term of the programme:
150 credits (exceptions may be granted for students who have 90 credits from term 1-3.)