Translation of the Swedish course syllabus 
 
English B, 30 credits
(Engelska B, 30 högskolepoäng)
 
Course code: 1127EN
Subject area: English
Main field of study: English
Academic school: School of Culture and Education
Disciplinary domain: Humanities 100%
Grading scale: G/VG
Education cycle: First-cycle (Bachelor)
Course level: B (intermediate)
Progressive specialisation: G1F (First cycle. Entry requirements: 0-60 credits from first-cycle courses)
Language of instruction: English
Valid from: HT 2019 (autumn semester)


1. Validation

This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for Culture and Education at Södertörn University on 2019-03-13 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

2. Entry requirements

English A, 30 credits, or the equivalent

3. Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student is able to:
Knowledge and understanding
  • manage syntactic methods and concepts
  • analyse the relationship between language and power in oral and written texts,
  • describe central concepts and theories in discourse analysis,
  • describe conventions relating to genre, style, context,
  • provide a general account of the history of primarily British and American English-language literature, but also of other English-speaking regions,
  • describe and use appropriate terminology to discuss central issues within the field of British literature and additional field (such as postcolonialism/multiculturalism/capitalism or American literature), focusing on the interaction between cultural, social and political phenomena,
  • describe important conventions of genre and fundamental patterns in academic analyses of English-langauge literature,
    Competence and skills
  • analyse and deal with variations and exceptions in the structure of the English language,
  • write English-language literary and linguistic essays with a substantial degree of linguistic precision,
  • show a deepened ability to conduct close readings of literary works in their historical and social contexts,
  • give and respond to constructive criticism as part of the process of academic writing,
  • use correct citation and reference techniques,
    Judgement and approach
  • reflect on the relationship between language and power in their own and others' use of language,
  • critically discuss the possibilities and limitations of linguistic analyses,
  • reflect on the conditions of humanities studies and their own role as a producer of knowledge
  • critically discuss different theoretical reasons for reading literature from a historical perspective.

  • 4. Course content, modules and examinations

    The student broadens their knoweldge through a historical perspective on their studies, deepening and expanding their knowledge of linguistics and comparative literature, thus developing all-round competence in the use of English in speech and writing. At least one of four rotating modules are offered every semester. The selection and orientation of courses may vary from semester to semester, and is decided one semester in advance according to resources and needs.

    • Grammar B, 6 credits
      (Grammatik B, 6 högskolepoäng)
      This module aims to develop the student’s understanding of English language structure as a system of both rules and exceptions, and aims to give the student a high level of knowledge in both speech and writing. The student deepens and broadens their knowledge of English grammar by focusing on the syntactic patterns that constitute exceptions and varieties of English language structure. The module leads to the student mastering grammatical patterns in both speech and writing, and familiarity with exceptions in language structure.


    • 1001, Grammar B, 6 credits
      (Grammatik B, 6 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: U/G/VG
      Academic discipline: Humanities 100%
    • British Literature, 6 credits
      (Brittisk litteratur, 6 högskolepoäng)
      The student learns fundamental concepts in literary and cultural theory. The theme and orientation of the module may vary from semester to semester, but important works from the Renaissance to the present day are always studied. The objective is for the student to be able to describe, both in speech and writing, the place of each work within the history of English-language literature and culture, focusing on individual works and their cultural contexts.


    • 1002, British Literature, 6 credits
      (Brittisk litteratur, 6 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: U/G/VG
      Academic discipline: Humanities 100%
    • Language and Power, 9 credits
      (Språk och makt, 9 högskolepoäng)
      The student deepens and broadens their knowledge of the role of language in society by analysing how language use in different contexts can influence and be influenced by issues of power. Upon completion of the module, the student is able to conduct a linguistic analysis of the concept of power in relation to, for instance, gender roles, ideologies and the media in spoken or written texts. Instruction and practice in writing linguistic texts in English is included in the course.


    • 1003, Language and Power: Assignments, 6 credits
      (Språk och makt: Uppgifter, 6 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: U/G/VG
      Academic discipline: Humanities 100%
      1004, Language and Power: Examination, 3 credits
      (Språk och makt: Tentamen, 3 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: U/G/VG
      Academic discipline: Humanities 100%
    • (Rotating module) Postcolonial Literature and Culture, 9 credits
      ((Alt) Postkolonial litteratur och kultur, 9 högskolepoäng)
      The student reads literary and autobiographical works from countries that were previously part of the British Empire. The focus is on this area's rich and varying history and culture. Classical colonial and post-colonial texts from different language areas are included. The student explores the historical roots and the cultural diversity of several former British colonies. Students deepen their knowledge of central, problematic issues in post-colonial theories.


    • 1005, Postcolonial Literature and Culture: Examination, 6 credits
      (Postkolonial litteratur och kultur: Tentamen, 6 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: U/G/VG

      1006, Postcolonial Literature and Culture: Assignments, 3 credits
      (Postkolonial litteratur och kultur: Uppgifter, 3 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: U/G/VG
      Academic discipline: Humanities 100%
    • (Rotating Module)American Literature-Historical Perspectives, 9 credits
      ((Alt) Amerikansk litteratur - Historiska perspektiv , 9 högskolepoäng)
      The student reads a selection of American literature from the oral traditions of indigenous peoples until the early 20th century. The focus is partly on orienting the student in important literary currents in the history of the USA, and partly on reasoning around what is entailed in reading literature from another historical period.


    • 1007, American Literature - Historical Perspectives: Examination, 6 credits
      (Amerikansk litteratur - Historiska perspektiv: Tentamen, 6 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: U/G/VG
      Academic discipline: Humanities 100%
      1008, American Literature - Historical Perspectives: Assignments, 3 credits
      (Amerikansk litteratur - historiska perspektiv: Uppgifter, 3 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: U/G/VG
      Academic discipline: Humanities 100%
    • (Rotating Module) Multiethnic Literature and Culture, 9 credits
      ((Alt) Multietnisk amerikansk litteratur och kultur, 9 högskolepoäng)
      The student reads contemporary literature written by members of minority groups in the USA and considers their sociocultural contexts. Concepts such as race and ethnicity are discussed as time-specific categories in American literature, and critical terms and fundamental issues in this literary field are presented. Students apply these concepts in their own literary analyses, taking as the point of departure a series of both high literary and popular texts written by minority and majority writers.


    • 1009, Multiethnic Literature and Culture: Examination, 6 credits
      (Multietnisk amerikansk litteratur och kultur: Tentamen, 6 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: U/G/VG
      Academic discipline: Humanities 100%
      1010, Multiethnic Literature and Culture: Assignments, 3 credits
      (Multietnisk amerikansk litteratur och kultur: Uppgifter, 3 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: U/G/VG
      Academic discipline: Humanities 100%
    • (Rotating Module) English Literature and Capitalism, 9 credits
      ((Alt) Engelsk litteratur och kapitalism, 9 högskolepoäng)
      This course offers an introduction to the social and political history of English literature over the last three centuries. The student learns about the central role played by England in the development of global capitalism since the start of the Industrial Revolution, focusing on the literary representation of modern social and economic rationalities, institutions, and conflicts. The student learns about basic concepts in Marxist criticism and globalisation studies, as well as essential aspects of modern literary and cultural history.


    • 1011, English Literature and Capitalism: Examination, 6 credits
      (Engelsk litteratur och kapitalism: Tentamen, 6 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: U/G/VG

      1012, English Literature and Capitalism: Assignments, 3 credits
      (Engelsk litteratur och kapitalism: Uppgifter, 3 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: U/G/VG
      Academic discipline: Humanities 100%

    5. Course design

    Teaching is in the form of lectures and seminars. All teaching is conducted in English for students to improve their oral and written proficiency. The course literature is in English.

    6. Examination format

    Grammar B 1001: Seminar attendance and written examination. British literature 1002: Written examination, lecture and seminar attendance, written and oral assignments. Language and power 1003: Written and oral assignments, written take-home examination, 1004: Lecture and seminar attendance, written and oral assignments, written examination. Postcolonial Literature and Culture, (rotating module) 1005: Written take-home examination 1006: Essay, lecture and seminar attendance, written and oral assignments. American Literature-Historical Perspectives, (rotating module) 1007: Written examination 1008: Essay, lecture and seminar attendance, written and oral assignments. Multiethnic American Literature and Culture, (rotating module) 1009: Written examination 1010: Essay, lecture and seminar attendance, written and oral assignments. English Literature and Capitalism, (rotating module) 1011: Written take-home examination 1012: Essay, lecture and seminar attendance, written and oral assignments.
    If a student has missed more than 20% of the seminars and lectures on a course module the student can only compensate for this by attending the seminars and/or lectures required to reach a minimum level of 80% overall attendance on another occasion.
    The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.
     The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

    7. Reading list


    8. Restrictions on accreditation

    The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.