Language and Communication - SP616

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2020 to 2021.


This module offers an opportunity to learn about the methods, techniques and issues involved in the study of language and communication. The emphasis is on theory as the foundation of an empirical discipline and the importance of scientific methodology. It will highlight the interplay between theory, research and application in the study of language and communication, focusing on core theories and research.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

One two-hour lecture/seminar per week

Method of assessment

40% coursework, 60% examination.

Indicative reading

The module reading list can be found online at

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of core concepts, theories and findings in the study of language and communication.
8.2 demonstrate an ability to comprehend and critically evaluate original, theoretical and empirical articles in the area of language and communication, both through written work and through group discussion.
8.3 demonstrate an ability to identify practical applications and social relevance of current theories and empirical work in the area of language and communication
8.4 demonstrate that they have developed an appreciation of the historical and conceptual issues in the study of language and communication.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 demonstrate literacy, numeracy and writing skills to present, interpret and discuss concepts, theories, and findings based on the use of the relevant literature.
9.2 demonstrate a knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the diversity of theoretical and empirical approaches in psychology.
9.3 demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate the quality of theories, methods and findings in published research.
9.4 demonstrate an ability to express well-founded opinions, argue rationally, develop new perspectives and engage in critical thinking both orally and in written form.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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