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Master of Arts (Linguistics and English Language Studies)

Introduction
Graduation Requirement
Course Offering
Synopses of Courses

Introduction

The Master of Arts programme in Linguistics and English Language Studies aims to serve the needs of graduates who are interested in furthering their studies in Linguistic and English Language Studies by coursework and dissertation. The mixed-mode structure is designed for graduates interested in pursuing a coursework-based M.A. programme that is flexible. The flexibility of the programme lies in the dissertation component that allows candidates to do research on a particular area that is relevant to their experience and interests. Candidates who join this programme have the option of choosing part-time or full-time status to suit their personal and work schedule.
 
Graduation Requirement

Type of Courses

Required Units

Core

12

Dissertation

28

Total Units

40

Course Offering

Course

% CW

% EW

Sem I

Sem II

HET 514/3

Research Methods in Language Studies

100

-

-

HET 515/3

Linguistic Studies

60

40

-

HET 524/3

Psychology and Sociology of Language

60

40

-

HET 525/3

Perspectives in English Language Studies: Literacy and   Literature

60

40

-

HET 526/28

Dissertation

100

-

Legend :
CW -  Course Work
EW  - Examination Assessme

SYNOPSES OF COURSES

HET 514/3    Research Methods In Language Studies

The course comprises fundamental topics in research, particularly those involved in language and linguistic research.  Students will be equipped with the knowledge of research concepts and structures such as problem statements, research questions and objectives, research proposal, methodology as well as data analysis.  In addition, qualitative and quantitative methods of research will also be emphasized in the course.  Qualitative research issues such as qualitative data collection techniques as well as analysis methods such as textual analysis and literary criticism will be given emphasis.   The course will equip students with relevant knowledge in quantitative research methodology issues such as types of data collection and techniques, research instrument design as well as statistical analysis techniques.  Through a research proposal writing exercise, students will demonstrate their  understanding of the academic  research including the search of a relevant research topic, the development of research questions, the contextualization of the research through a literature review, the use of relevant theories and appropriate methodology, the analysis of the data and the discussion of research findings.

HET 515/3    Linguistic Studies
    
The course serves as a foundation for more advanced work in linguistics. It explores core areas of linguistics, namely the sub field of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, and emphasizes the main conceptual foundations of linguistics and the methods of analysis, argumentation and justification within the field.

HET 524/3    Psychology And Sociology Of Language

The course covers topics on the psychology and sociology of language that are pertinent for advanced level students.  The psychology of language component of the course aims to stimulate discussion and ideas among students on central issues in the study of language processing.  The topics that will be discussed are fundamental issues in the area of language acquisition and development.  The sociology of language component covers the field of sociolinguistics and explores selected issues related to language and society.  The component highlights a variety of relationships between language and society, including for an example, language variation, societal multilingualism and language and gender.  It also aims to develop the students’ knowledge of the various approaches to the study of sociolinguistics to the point where they are able to conduct their own research, analyse and synthesize data acquired through sociolinguistic research of the speech commununity.

HET 525/3    Perspectives in English Language Studies: Literacy And  Literature

The course will expose students to theoretical and critical issues related to literacy and literature. The literacy component enhances students’ knowledge of and critical engagement with forms of literacies currently sustainable to new economic and social realities. It encompasses multiliteracies, critical literacies and forms of literacies associated with information and multimedia technologies. The literary component interrogates the discourse of literary texts using a number of critical frameworks thereby sensitising readers to the ideological nature of literary discourse and the ways in which certain dominant ideas of nation, race, ethnicity and gender are ratified or challenged. The course develops students’ ability to think, interpret and evaluate differing views and perspectives – workplace skills which are much sought after by stakeholders in today’s knowledge-intensive society.

HET 526/28    Dissertation

The dissertation course requires students to carry out research in linguistics or literature under the guidance of a supervisor. Students will use primary and secondary information and design their research study appropriately. They will hand in a completed dissertation at the end of the course.