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Understanding Culture: Language and Texts

Our Understanding Culture: Language and Texts short course will provide you with an introduction to what it means to study languages and cultures. We will explore the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural nature of language and cultural study by focusing on different kinds of text - literary, cinematic, historical, visual - from a variety of different cultural contexts: French-, German-, Italian- and Spanish-speaking.

You will learn the practical and theoretical tools you need to engage with these texts, and the cultural contexts that produced them, and to work with these tools in your own writing.

This short course can be taken as a stand-alone course or it may be available as part of a Certificate of Higher Education.

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the class you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early.  There is no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Mon 05-Oct-20 7.30pm-9pm

Class location Central London
Class code LNLN021S4AAA