The discipline of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies is concerned with the relation and interaction between Language and Literature in a certain Cultural environment.
Language studies or linguistics is a science that tackles language from the perspective of structure, form, meaning and context, while literature is the art of the written composition, divided in poetry, prose and theatre. The complex discipline of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies aims at enabling the student to build a deep understanding of a culture based on the language and literature of that culture. Language and literature are both a very powerful expression tools and they offer insight into the building elements of a culture, the particular characteristics of a society or social group in terms of spirituality, intellect, emotion and physical environment. These two forms of expression are some of the strongest transmission channels of the cultural heritage of a society and researching those helps understand the drivers and mechanisms of the culture in question.
This fascinating discipline helps to understand and value the cultural diversity of the human society that is becoming more and more globalized and detached to specific culture. Being aware of the different cultural backgrounds of the members of our cross-cultural environment helps not only preserve the valuable artefacts and manifestations of that culture, but also to better communicate and cooperate in our day to day activity.
In the course 'Discover Dutch: Dutch Language and Culture', you will learn to speak and understand the Dutch language at a basic level (CEFR A1).
This key introductory OU level 1 module – Rundblick: beginners' German – is designed to develop the skills you need to speak and understand simple German in everyday contexts. It explores life in German-speaking countries and communities worldwide through topics relevant to adult learners – such as impressions of Germany, Austria and Switzerland; travelling; lifestyles; cultural events; and technology.
Madness, hilarity, doubt and devotion are just some of the many aspects of life explored in the huge wealth of Victorian fiction. This course makes the great creative energy present in nineteenth-century writers accessible through reading a mixture of popular and less well-known works by the century’s greatest authors.
Are you looking for a course that gives you a firm grounding in the Dutch language? Do you want to be able to express yourself in a range of contexts? This beginners' course in Dutch delivers on both counts: it offers you the opportunity to learn the Dutch language fast and well. You will start at beginners’ level and the course gives you all the necessary tools to help you reach level A2. This course covers the four skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. During the course you will also become familiar with Dutch customs and manners.
Some of the most wonderful fiction in English is by American writers. In this course we shall study five key novels of the twentieth century. by Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Silko, Morrison and Roth, that constitute contrasting interpretations of American experience in the modern age.
This beginners' course in Dutch offers you the opportunity to learn the Dutch language fast and well. You will start at beginners’ level and attempt to reach level A2. This course combines the courses Dutch level 1, 2 and 3 and covers the four skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. During the course you will also get familiarized with Dutch customs and manners.
Is there a true story that only you can tell? This course is designed to provide you with the skills you need to turn experiences, recollections and real-life phenomena into literary works that are enjoyable and accessible to a wider audience.
This course gives avid readers the skills necessary to turn a love of the written word into a practical experience. It introduces the key characteristics of creative writing, and students are supported with stage-by-stage guidance as they assimilate and put into practice a range of critical and creative methods. In addition to tutor feedback on the course assignments, participants will be encouraged to discuss one another's writing in the course forums, and will be given guidance on offering constructive and useful criticism.
Drama is a hugely popular art form. This creative and critical course will help students to turn their passion for drama, whether stage, radio, television, or film, into the craft of dramatic writing, and to understand and appreciate the work of established dramatists.
This module follows on from Viento en popa: upper intermediate Spanish (L204). It continues to develop your knowledge and understanding of the society and culture of Spain and Latin America and to extend the practical skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
This course will provide you with a unique insight into the culture and society of Netherlands, including the Dutch language. The course will explore some key characteristics of Dutch history and art and discuss contemporary Dutch society. It is designed especially to provide students who will stay in the Netherlands for a longer period of time with all the information they need to make the most out of their stay.
Intensive English language study to prepare you for your future academic studies English for University Study will prepare you for successful undergraduate or postgraduate study at a UK university, or for entry to one of the academic preparation courses offered by INTO Glasgow Caledonian University.