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Understanding Culture: Language and Texts


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Our Understanding Culture: Language and Texts short course provides 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.

Assessment is via two 800-word tasks (20% each) and two 1500-word essays (30% each).

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

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.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.