Syllabus for English in Transition I

Det engelska språket i förändring I

Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5EN496
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: English A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2016-05-18
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2020-02-12
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Autumn 2020
  • Entry requirements:

    120 credits. 90 credits in a language subject.

  • Responsible department: Department of English

Decisions and guidelines

The course is included in the Master's Programme in English.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the module, the student should be able to:

  • describe important linguistic features that characterize Germanic languages compared with other Indo-European languages
  • describe important linguistic features that characterize Old English compared with other Germanic languages
  • describe important features of Old and Middle English phonology, lexis, orthography, morphology, and syntax
  • discuss features of Old and Middle English in fluent and correct English in speech and writing
  • apply his/her knowledge of changes in Old and Middle English phonology to the pronunciation of individual words
  • compare different descriptions of Old and Middle English in secondary sources
  • analyse Old and Middle English text phonologically, morphologically, and syntactically
  • categorize lexical innovation in Middle English etymologically with the aid of dictionaries
  • translate Old and Middle English texts into Present-day English with the aid of word lists and course literature
  • construct short stretches of Old and Middle English text according to morphological and syntactic specifications.

Content

The course introduces students to the prehistory, origins, and early development of the English language, and charts the development of English up to AD c1500. The course focusses on the linguistic characteristics of Early English, with special reference to phonology, vocabulary and orthography, morphology, and syntax. Special attention is paid to Old English prose.

Instruction

Group sessions. Instruction, class discussions, and examinations are in English. All teaching materials are in English.

Assessment

Students are examined in the form of oral presentations, written assignments, and a final written exam. Grades are fail, pass, or pass with distinction.

Students who fail a regular examination will be offered a make-up examination within a reasonable period of time after the regular examination.

Students who fail an examination twice have the right to apply to the head of the department for permission to change examiners.

Transitional provisions

Please contact the student counsellor for transitional regulations in connection with changes in the curriculum.

Other directives

If the curriculum or the course literature for a course is changed, students have the right to be examined on the original curriculum and course literature on three occasions during the following three terms. After these three opportunities, the right normally expires.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2020

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Baker, Peter S. Introduction to Old English

    3rd ed.: Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley, 2012

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Horobin, Simon; Smith, Jeremy An introduction to Middle English

    Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2002

    Find in the library

    Mandatory