Knowing Your World from Language to Politics

The details
Essex Pathways
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Foundation/Year Zero: Level 3
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
10 May 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA M903 Criminology (Including Foundation Year),
BA QX41 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) (Including Foundation Year),
BA QQ16 English Language and Linguistics (Including Foundation Year),
BA QQ24 English Language and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q320 English Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA L250 International Relations (Including Foundation Year),
BA LR59 International Relations and Modern Languages (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA Q143 Language Studies (4 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA Q102 Linguistics (Including Foundation Year),
BA P300 Media and Digital Culture (Including Foundation Year),
BA R999 Modern Languages (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA RQ98 Modern Languages and Linguistics (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA L0V2 Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Including Foundation Year),
BA L202 Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BA L304 Sociology (Including Foundation Year),
BA LMHX Sociology and Criminology (Including Foundation Year),
BA C848CO Psychodynamic Practice (Including Foundation Year),
BA C89C Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA L908 Global Studies (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA L523 Childhood Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BSC L313 Sociology with Data Science (Including foundation Year),
BA L913 Global Studies with Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BA L916 Global Studies with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year),
BA L401 Social Change (Including Foundation Year),
BA L934 Global Studies with Business Management (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q121 Linguistics with Data Science (Including Foundation Year),
BA R105 Global Studies and Language Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA R107 Language Studies with Latin American Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA R111 International Relations and Language Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA R115 Language Studies and Linguistics (Including Foundation Year),
BA R117 Language Studies and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Including Foundation Year),
BA LY13 Social Sciences (Including Foundation Year),
BA L995 Global Studies with Latin American Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA L991 Global Studies and Latin American Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA C901 Global Studies with Sustainability (Including Foundation Year),
BA L351 Sociology and Health (including Foundation Year),
BA Q912 Modern Languages Translation, Interpreting and Cultural Mediation (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module is designed to prepare students wishing to join a degree course in the Faculty of Social Sciences and provides a sound academic background for how areas of language, society and politics are intertwined and how they influence the way we interact and shape the world around us.

This module will give you the opportunity to investigate and respond to a complex question or challenge a problem through a small-scale collaborative team project. You will prepare a set of research questions and design and plan a project and showcase your findings and impact to a wider audience.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To raise students' awareness of key concepts and issues within politics and linguistics and to equip students with the tools to carry out linguistic analyses;

  • To encourage students to think critically and carefully about issues such as democracy, citizenship, inequality, and sustainability;

  • To broaden students' knowledge of political and linguistic theory through application of theory;

  • To offer students an opportunity to undertake, write up and deliver a presentation on a small-scale research project;

  • To encourage students to be confident in the expression of their thoughts and ideas in seminars and groups;

  • To enable students to write and think creatively.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of key political and linguistic concepts and theories.

  2. Interpret political and linguistic research and analyses and apply to areas of Social Science.

  3. Demonstrate an ability to search through literature and data sources for appropriate material and undertake critical analysis of said material.

  4. Engage critically with a wide range of academic texts of relevance to the student’s discipline.

  5. Identify and recreate structure, style and specialist academic language required for different sections of research reports and assignments.

  6. Use major concepts and theories in linguistics and politics to understand real-world sociopolitical phenomena.

Skills for your professional life (Transferable Skills)

By the end of this module, you will have practised the following transferrable skills:

  1. Problem solving through data analysis;

  2. Self-motivation / taking responsibility through reflective self and peer-to-peer practices;

  3. Growth mindset through raising awareness of and working with the learning competence cycle;

  4. Effective team-working and leadership competencies;

  5. Application of theory to practice & real-world problems;

  6. IT skills through the use of various technologies, such as Moodle, Microsoft Word, and slide presentations.

Module information

Indicative Syllabus

  • Language change and variation

  • Understanding the political world

  • Skills of enquiry, reflection and problem-solving

  • Quantitative research methodologies

  • Writing a research project

Learning and teaching methods

Teaching and learning on Essex Pathways modules offers students the ability to develop the foundation knowledge, skills, and competencies to study at undergraduate level, through a curriculum that is purposely designed to provide an exceptional learning experience. All teaching, learning and assessment materials will be available via Moodle in a consistent and user-friendly manner.

This module will be delivered via 1 x 2-hour lecture and 1 x 2-hour seminar per week. Students will be expected to have done the prescribed reading for the sessions so that they can fully participate in discussions. During seminars, students will engage in thoughtful discussions about the week’s topic and assigned reading(s), as well as work on both solo and group activities and exercises. Both the fields of linguistics and politics will be introduced at a level accessible for all students and no prior knowledge of the discipline area is required.

Learning support

Students are expected to engage with Moodle for materials and support activities for their continuous learning opportunities. Students will be supported in their research skills, essay writing, referencing and bibliographical procedures within this discipline. Students are also supported through the Listen Again facility and use of technology in their teaching and learning. All students will have access to Academic Support Hours.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Blogs (20%)    20% 
Coursework   Problem identification and Research Proposal task (450 words, 15%)    15% 
Coursework   Group Problem Task and Analysis (1,500 words, 40%)    40% 
Coursework   Presentation (15 mins, 25%)    25% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
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