Current Trends in Linguistics

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 5LN141

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
General Linguistics A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 23 September 2011
Responsible department
Department of Linguistics and Philology

General provisions

The course is given as an optional module within Linguistics D but may also be taken independently.

Entry requirements

Fulfilment of the requirements for a Bachelor's degree with Linguistics or another language subject as the main field of study.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, to earn the grade Pass the student should at least be able to:

  • explain the basic principles of the scientific work and the research methodology with reference to modern linguistics (general linguistics),
  • present, analyse and critically review relevant scientific articles within the field of linguistics (general linguistics) and
  • work with a certain degree of independence, clearly formulate and critically discuss theoretical and methodological assumptions and make adequate professional oral and written presentations of the results.


See the learning outcomes.


The instruction consists of lectures, exercises and assessment. The student's own learning activities are crucial for the completion of the course.


The course is examined through three written assignments and two seminar presentations. Each expected learning outcome is assessed as failed, passed or passed with distinction. Pass means that all of the expected learning outcomes have been fulfiled. If at least half of these are passed with distinction the mark Pass with distinction will be given for the course.

Other directives

The course can not be chosen, if the student has read the course earlier Current research fields within linguistics (5LN142).