BA programme Language and Communication in a Multilingual Society

(double-major)

Duration of study: 6 semesters

Type of study: full-time study (lectures and individual supervision)

Admission requirements:

Passed national school-leaving exam and a high-school diploma or an entrance exam for those candidates who did not pass the national school-leaving exam. It is expected that up to 20 candidates are enrolled into the programme on a yearly basis.

Competencies acquired upon finishing the study program:

Graduates with a double-major in Language and Communication in a Multilingual Society have several career pathways open to them as well as further professional education, which includes:
1. A career as a specialist in linguistics / applied linguistics, employed either in academia, government, NGOs or in commercial fields, usually, but not always involving further study;
2. Further study and a career in a field building on the foundation of their double-major, such as an M.A. in Linguistics or a specific language, information science etc.;
3. Employment in a general employment position in the labour market open to graduates with a B.A. in Humanities, with the specific advantage of being able to point to language-related and high analytical skills.

At the end of the study the student will:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic terms and principles in the field of linguistics
  • explain and provide examples of structures and functions of language(s) and communicative processes, and analyse them, especially in multilingual contexts
  • apply the fundamental concepts of linguistic analysis and communication to real language data
  • classify main representatives of language families in the world
  • find autonomously information on a language which the student does not know and identify resources for deepening the newly acquired knowledge
  • provide examples of and critically discuss language diversity and variation in the world
  • explain fundamental aspects of multilingualism and exemplify their implications for individuals and society
  • understand how the insights of the process of second and third language learning apply to the teaching context
  • develop programmes for the learning and teaching of languages, as well as plan and manage multilingualism in specific institutional and social contexts
  •  identify, select and apply appropriate communication strategies in intercultural situations, also in professional contexts
  • handle texts in digital form with basic competence of character encoding, text formats and language tagging protocols
  • classify corpora of different languages, as well as lexicographic and terminographic resources and use them autonomously
  • select and apply digital tools for text processing
  • have basic competence to identify audio formats and employ tools needed to perform basic processing of oral data
  • list the fundamental methods for language research
  • select and apply methods for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of linguistic data
  • communicate her/his ideas and arguments in English in written and oral form
  • present the results of the analysis of a problem in written and oral form
  • gain basic competence in a non-Indo-European foreign language and another foreign language
  • discuss and critically evaluate research findings, as well as vocationally and life-oriented problems related to language, communication and multilingualism in contemporary society
  • apply the principles of linguistic research to solving practical problems

Professional title acquired upon finishing the study program: B.A. in Linguistics.

Programme structure:

The programme structure is modular, which means that all courses are offered as part of one of the total of eight modules.

The study programme consists of an introductory module (M0: Introductory module: Understanding language, communication and linguistic diversity), four thematic modules (M1: Multilingualism across time and space; M2: Language learning and teaching; M3: Intercultural communication in the digital age; and M4: Language technologies, tools and resources) covering different fields of linguistics and offered to students from the second through the fifth semester, the final module (MF), which includes B.A. thesis writing or obligatory research / fieldwork and the final exam in addition to taking elective courses at other departments at the University of Zadar. In parallel with modules M0, MF and M1-M4, there is a horizontal modul (MSM: Skills and methods for language studies) offered in the first five semesters aimed at the acquisition of communicative skills (oral and written) in English, written skills in Croatian and the basics of quantitative and qualitative research skills. A foreign language module (MFL) is a semi-elective module which all students have to take, but are free to study (a) language(s) of their choice; they are however obliged to entrol in at least one non-Indo-European language course for a minimum of two semesters. 

Course list by semesters in 2018/19:  

Course unit code

I SEMESTER

Status

Hours per week

ECTS

L

S

E

M0: Understanding language

O

30

0

30

5

M0: Understanding communication

O

30

15

0

3

M0: Languages across the world

O

15

15

0

3

MSM: Presentation skills

O

15

0

15

2

MFL: (foreign language)

I

15

0

15

2

II SEMESTER

M1: Language, culture, and society

O

30

15

4

M1: Managing multilingualism in institutional contexts

O

30

0

30

3

M1: Language and globalization

O

15

15

0

3

MSM: English writing skills

O

15

15

0

3

MFL: (foreign language)

I

15

0

15

2