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BA in English Language and Literature

Unicaf University, Malawi


Next enrollment cycle

May 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 8,000

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  • 4 Years
  • Online
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
  • Up to 75% scholarship
The BA English Language and Literature is an innovative threefold degree programme which is comprised of English language teaching methodology, English literature and linguistics modules. The students will study the linguistic systems underlying language, exploring in detail how the language is structured, acquired, used and taught. In addition, the relationship between text, language, reader and author, society, economy, politics, culture and the individual will be explored.

The courses of the linguistics component aim to provide students with a thorough grounding of the principles underpinning the study of language and the diversity of linguistic study. The teaching modules aim to provide students with knowledge and skills relevant to teaching English with an emphasis on classroom management and the use of technology. The courses in literature in English target the critical analysis of literary texts and film of different historical periods, geographical locations and genres.

Aim of the Programme

The aim of the programme is to provide students with a double major in the areas of English Literature and Linguistics, incorporating aspects of teaching methodology.

Objectives of the Programme

The degree objectives target students’ ability to:

  • demonstrate critical thinking skills as reader, writer and viewer to literature and film in English from different genres, geographical spaces and historical periods.
  • recognize, explain and apply current approaches in literary theory.
  • analyse and discuss a variety of literary texts and theories brought in dialogic interaction.
  • examine the relationship between text, reader, author and the sociocultural and politico-economic context.
  • recognize linguistic resources that may be exploited in written texts.
  • combine descriptive analysis with more critical and theoretical work, which develops students’ understanding of texts and/or language systems.
  • describe, explain and interpret linguistic systems underlying language acquisition and development.
  • identify and apply language in use patterns.
  • demonstrate high proficiency in English.
  • combine teaching methodologies in order to facilitate learning.

Enrollment Cycles

  • May 2023
  • June 2023
  • July 2023
  • August 2023
  • September 2023
  • October 2023
  • November 2023
  • December 2023
  • January 2024
  • March 2024
  • March 2024
  • April 2024

The general admission requirements for entry to Unicaf University Bachelor degree programmes are as outlined below. Variances may be observed based on the local education regulatory requirements relating to the country in which each campus of Unicaf University operates. Students are advised to contact the Office of Admissions to find out more about the range of international academic qualifications accepted.

  • Admission to a Bachelor degree programme requires a Senior School Leaving Certificate with an aggregate score of “60” or “C” or “Credit”, or international equivalent
  • Applicants with a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in a relevant area may be considered for credit transfer
  • Recognized proof of English proficiency
  • Current CV
  • Copy of valid passport or national ID
  • In addition to a strong academic record, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills and other relevant background information may be taken into account.

Foundation Courses

Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
UU-Bsc-IND100-ZMInduction Module0.00
UU-FNT-103-ZMIntroduction to Bachelor Degree0.00

Semester 1

Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
Required Courses
UU-ENG-1110-ZMAcademic Writing3.00
UU-LIN-1121-ZMIntroduction to Linguistics I3.00
UU-LIN-1130-ZMHistory of the English Language3.00
UU-LIT-1140-ZMIntroduction to Fiction3.00
UU-LIT-1150-ZMIntroduction to Poetry3.00

Semester 2

Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
Required Courses
UU-ENG-1210-ZMResearch Skills in Humanities3.00
UU-TEA-1220-ZMGlobalization, Identity and English Language Education3.00
UU-TEA-1231-ZMEnglish Language Teaching(ELT) Methodology I3.00
UU-LIN-1242-ZMIntroduction to Linguistics II3.00
UU-LIT-1250-ZMIntroduction to Drama3.00

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
Required Courses
UU-TEA-2312-ZMEnglish Language Teaching Methodology II3.00
UU-LIN-2320-ZMLanguage and the Brain3.00
UU-LIN-2330-ZMIntroduction to Phonetics and Phonology3.00
UU-LIT-2340-ZMRomantic and Victorian Poetry3.00
UU-LIT-2350-ZMWilliam Shakespeare3.00

Semester 4

Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
Required Courses
UU-TEA-2410-ZMLesson Planning3.00
UU-LIN-2420-ZMFirst Language Acquisition3.00
UU-LIN-2430-ZMIntroduction to Syntax3.00
UU-LIT-2440-ZMThe Victorian Novel3.00
UU-LIT-2450-ZMGlobal Shakespeare3.00

Semester 5

Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
Required Courses
UU-TEA-3510-ZMTeaching English to Young Learners3.00
UU-LIN-3520-ZMSecond Language Acquisition3.00
UU-LIT-3530-ZMPostcolonial Theory and Literature3.00
UU-LIT-3540-ZMAnglophone World Literature3.00
UU-LIT-3550-ZMExile and Diaspora3.00

Semester 6

Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
Required Courses
UU-TEA-3610-ZMTeaching English as a Second Language3.00
UU-LIN-3620-ZMDevelopmental and Acquired Language Disorders3.00
UU-LIT-3630-ZMLiterature of the Refugee3.00
UU-LIT-3640-ZMAfrican Worlds3.00
UU-LIT-3650-ZMMemory and Violence in Literature and Film3.00

Semester 7

Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
Required Courses
UU-TEA-4710-ZMTeaching English to students with atypical development3.00
UU-LIT-4730-ZMWomen Writers3.00
UU-LIT-4740-ZMChildren’s Literature3.00
UU-LIT-4750-ZMMemoir and Life Writing3.00

Semester 8

Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
Required Courses
UU-TEA-4810-ZMTeaching in a Digital World3.00
UU-LIT-4830-ZMTwentieth Century American Literature3.00
UU-LIT-4840-ZMModernism /Postmodernism3.00
UU-LIT-4850-ZMIntertextuality and Literary relations3.00
Total Course Fees: 32000

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