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Birkbeck, University of London

Intercultural Communication and/with Language

UCAS Code: P9Q0

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

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About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

3.0 years | Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Modern languages

Media and communication studies

This programme allows you to study intercultural communication while at the same time improving your fluency in a foreign language. You can choose between French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese or Spanish and, for most of our languages, you can start the programme at the level of language learning that suits you. Not only will you attain a good level of competence in the language, you will also have a chance to learn about the culture of the language-speaking area, choosing from a range of modules covering literature, film, history, visual culture and philosophy, amongst other cultural fields.

For the intercultural communication component you will learn about how communication practices differ across cultures and you will also be introduced to communication practices in various international and work-related contexts. You will have the option of focusing either on professional communication or on the mechanics of language structure and use.

The programme is also available for full-time evening study over four years, including a year of study abroad, and for part-time evening study over four years or six years.

**HIGHLIGHTS**

- Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked third best in London and 13th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2016-17 World University Subject Rankings.

- Our Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication is the oldest applied linguists department in the country, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. We remain on the cutting edge of the field.

- Our Department of Cultures and Languages brings together research and teaching in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish, and institutionalises long-standing links between these disciplines.

- In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Modern Languages and Linguistics achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 73% of our research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.

- Ours is a community of scholars with shared interests in interdisciplinary topics and cross-cultural research. Our affiliated research centres, Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC) and the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS), provide an important platform for this exchange.

Modules

COURSE STRUCTURE:
The programme comprises 360 credits of modules, of which 150 must be taken in linguistics.

You take six core linguistics modules and select option modules in linguistics and culture.

You also follow one of six language pathways, depending on your level of attainment in your chosen language at entry. French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish may be taken from beginners' level. Portuguese students require prior knowledge of the language and will begin the course at intermediate Language Level 4.

Starting at beginners' or near-beginners' level, you will attain a language level equivalent to at least one year's study beyond A-level. With the higher levels of entry, particularly in the case of Portuguese students, the aim is to raise your language level to upper-intermediate or near-native standard.

Remaining modules may be chosen from those relating to the culture of the language studied (many taught primarily in that language), or from a range of cross-cultural modules (taught in English).

LINGUISTICS CORE MODULES:
Approaches to Language (Level 4);
Approaches to Study;
Intercultural Communication Portfolio;
Intercultural Communication in Business Contexts;
Language and Intercultural Communication (Level 5);
Professional Communication Skills.

LINGUISTICS OPTION MODULES:
Analysing Language Structure and Use (level 5);
International Management Communication (level 5);
Language & Society Level 5;
Language & Society Level 6;
Language and Intercultural Communication (Level 5);
Language and media (level 5);
Language Learning Level 6;
Language Teaching Research Level 6;
Multilingual and Multicultural Individuals Level 5;
Multilingual and Multicultural Communities Level 5;
Neurolinguistics (level 5);
Psycholinguistics (level 5).

CULTURE OPTION MODULES:
Approaches to Spanish Culture and Society;
Cultural Perspectives on German History;
Death: A Theme in German Culture (level 5);
Imagining France: An Introduction to French Studies;
Reading the Signs: Text and Image in French Culture;
Reading Transnational Cultures;
Rethinking Japan: Introduction to Modern Japanese Society and Culture (Level 5);
Studying the Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian and Native American Worlds;
Theorising Japanese Cinema;
Understanding Culture: Theories and Texts.

Please note that not all modules are available every year; the list above is indicative.

Assessment methods

Language modules are assessed by oral (May) and written examination (June) and, in some cases, by coursework. All other modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework essays and a May/June examination.

The Uni


Course locations:

Bloomsbury Campus

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

Applied Linguistics and Communication

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

74%
low
Modern languages
84%
high
Media and communication studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Others in language and area studies

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Media studies

Teaching and learning

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
99%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

91%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

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