This programme is designed for students with little or no prior background in Linguistics. It aims to provide a thorough grounding in the core area of Linguistics and to introduce students to current research issues and contemporary theoretical approaches and practices.
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)
You will develop an in-depth understanding of the structure of language, including contemporary theoretical approaches to Linguistics and the analytical methods used in research on language, and the relationship of language to society.
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Introduction to contemporary theoretical approaches to language in a variety of fields of Linguistics
Introduction to the analysis of language data in a variety of fields of Linguistics
Transferable Skills: presentation skills, critical analytical skills, project work and academic writing
Vision and Values Statement
The Graduate Diploma is a conversion degree that introduces students to current research approaches, methods and theories in core areas of linguistics and their application to a wide range of language-based phenomena. The program provides relevant qualifications for students who require knowledge in linguistics for employment in language related jobs or who wish to embarque on a professional career in areas that rely in part on skills and methods in linguistics.
The program nurtures core academic values such as the importance of systematic and empirically-based investigation of language phenomena based on critical reflection of existing theories and approaches. It promotes the importance of a multi-method approach to exploring language phenomena and emphasizes the relevance of interdisciplinary and inter-cultural perspectives.
The program develops students' academic communication skills, autonomous individual and group learning and research skills, and enhances pattern recognition and empirical study design skills through a variety of teaching and learning approaches. They include critical assessment of existing studies, methods and theories, hands-on group and individual project work, problem-based research approaches, group discussions and oral presentations.
The program provides a flexible learning environment in that it encourages students to identify and pursue their own interests through a range of option modules, while at the same time acquiring subject knowledge and competency as well as indispensable transferrable skills.
Demonstrate knowledge of the scientific principles, processes and approaches that underpin linguistic reasoning, analysis and research.
Critically analyse secondary sources, primary empirical data and existing research methods.
Systematically apply language-based theories, approaches and research methods to a wide range of related contexts such as language learning, language documentation, language awareness, language technology, language planning.
Design coherent small-scale studies on language-based phenomena, systematically analyze such phenomena and coherently communicate the findings.
Demonstrate the ability to use electronic research tools commonly used in linguistic research.
Demonstrate the ability to apply key transferable skills presentation, information gathering and assessment, group-work and academic writing skills.
Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and the ability to systematically apply ethical standards in Human Subject research.