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University of Nottingham Malaysia

Course overview

The English Language and Literature track of our International Communications Studies degree enables the student to add a literary emphasis to their study of global media. In addition to the key core media classes, those taking this track will also learn about linguistics, writing and literature. Additional courses on offer include Community Interpreting, Introduction to Translation, Modern British Fiction as well as reading Chinese and Japanese Literature.

Why choose this course?

The growth of media technology is also ushering profound transformations in the publication industry and consequently the experience reading and writing itself. This program embeds the study of literature in the latest development of mass media industries to offer the student a more comprehensive and realistic appreciation of literature.


Core Modules

Students will learn and practise the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing together with basic grammatical structures. This will enable them to manipulate the language and participate effectively in everyday social situations.

Learning outcomes:

  • Pronunciation.
  • Standard spelling.
  • Ab initio syntax.
  • Ab initio sentence semantics.
  • Gist comprehension and more detailed reconstruction of audio material.
  • Basic oral skills.
  • Intellectual skills.
  • To familiarise students with the discipline of cultural studies and question the taken-grantedness of the ‘everyday’ in society.
  • To enable students to undertake basic cultural analysis.
  • To develop a critical understanding of key areas of culture and society.
  • To appreciate the relation between particular cultural phenomena and the representations of everyday life, and their broader context.

Learning outcomes:

  • Theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of culture and epistemological problems associated with archiving and representing the everyday.
  • Key areas of contemporary culture.

This introductory module allows students to gain a broad and basic understanding of linguistics as an academic discipline. It is designed to equip students for further studies in the field of linguistics as a whole, and to develop individual specialisms in the future. Ideally, students should be well prepared to become more specialised in any of the areas covered, and take initial interests further. At the end of this module, students should be able to define the discipline, and the main pre-occupations of its sub-fields. Students will be expected to have developed an understanding of linguistic contrasts, from the phonological to the pragmatic level, and of the types of analyses open to students of those fields. This module introduces students to the core areas of linguistics, discourse, language acquisition, and pragmatics, focusing on several broad areas pertaining to linguistics and its methodological issues in phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics.

  • To familiarise students with the interdisciplinary field of communications theory, including communication technologies.
  • To encourage students to discriminate between particular theoretical positions.
  • To enable students to analyse a range of communicative texts, acts and contexts and the impact of technology upon communications practice.
  • To enable students to reflect upon their own technologised communications practices.

Learning outcomes:

  • A broad knowledge of the terrain of communications theory as well as an understanding of the historical evolution and contemporary forms of information and communications technologies.
  • The theoretical equipment to deal with a wide range of communications situations.
  • A glossary of key terms, concepts and models relevant to the field of communications studies.

This module introduces students to some of the core skills for literary studies, including skills in reading, writing, researching and presentation. The module addresses topics including close reading, constructing an argument, and handling critical material, as well as introducing students to key critical questions about literary genres, production and reception. These elements are linked to readings of specific literary texts, focused on poetry and prose selected from the 20th and 21st century literature. 

Typical optional module

The module aims to introduce students to:

  • A wide range of contexts and styles of music from around the world.
  • Facilitate the development of critical skills for the analysis of diverse musical practices.
  • Give students an introductory grounding in the terms, concepts, and principal debates in the fields of ethnomusicology and popular music studies.

Learning outcomes:

  • Awareness of cultural differences and of ethnomusicological approaches to the study of other cultures.
  • Development of critical perspectives on the meanings of musics in different cultures.
  • Introduction to a diverse range of music cultures.
  • Ability to situate one’s own musical experience(s) in global contexts.
  • Awareness of debates surrounding the term ‘World Music’.
  • Development of a critical understanding of the key issues in Anglophone and Asian popular musics.
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules.

Core Modules

The overall aim of the module is to develop further competence in the language by improving the four skills of speaking, reading, listening and writing. Students will continue to develop their awareness of autonomy in language learning under the guidance of their language tutor. Teaching is communicative with regular opportunities for pair- and group- work. Emphasis is placed on oral and aural skills, making full use of multi-modal resources available.

Learning outcomes:

  • The language structure at post- beginner level.
  • More complex grammatical structures through the study of a broader range of topic areas across the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
  • To familiarise students with the history of political communication and public relations.
  • To enable students to spot ‘spin’ and propaganda.
  • To enable students to understand the links between public relations, politics and the exercise of power in liberal democracies.

Learning outcomes:

  • An understanding of the historical evolution and contemporary forms of public relations and news management techniques.
  • A knowledge of the theoretical debates around the ideological effects of public relations and propaganda campaigns.
  • An appreciation of the overt and covert information strategies employed by politicians.
  • To familiarise students with the wide range of interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge production.
  • To encourage students to make informed decisions regarding the appropriateness of particular methodological approaches to concrete communications contexts.
  • To enable students to identify, plan, and carry out a communications research topic of their own choosing.

Learning outcomes:

  • An understanding of the varied and interdisciplinary methods used in cultural research.
  • An appreciation of the distinction between qualitative and quantitative methods and the uncertainties and limits of particular methodologies and theoretical approaches.
  • An awareness of the implications of technological, discursive and generic mediation upon communication processes.
  • An appreciation of the importance of audiences and contexts to the understanding of communications processes.
  • An understanding of the pragmatics of research processes.

Plus one literature and one linguistics module from the School of English.

Typical optional modules

  • To help students acquire language interpreting skills appropriate to the context of community interpreting.
  • To review and identify examples of good interpreting practice, and to encourage students to demonstrate extended competence in both languages.
  • To encourage students to reach their own decisions about dilemmas and challenges encountered while interpreting a foreign language.
  • To explore the main linguistic and cultural issues associated with the profession of liaison interpreter.

Learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of linguistic, textual and cultural issues relating to interpreting.
  • Use different techniques to resolve interpreting difficulties.
  • Have developed a reasonable range of specialised vocabulary used in the process of interpreting.
  • Have developed a wide comprehension of sophisticated written and spoken language.