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Programs and courses 2008-2009  
    
Important notice on language
Except for the language(-related) courses, this programme is mainly taught in Dutch.
Admission requirements
Direct: academic bachelor of linguistics and literature

With preparatory programme: academic bachelor of history (minor linguistics and literature), of philosophy (minor linguistics and literature) and other academic bachelors
Objectives and learning outcomes
General
A Master of Linguistics has the skill to set up and (for the most part independently) carry out scientific subresearch, coached by an experienced researcher.
 
Heuristic skills
A Master of Linguistics has heuristic skills:
  • he/she is able to gather and select professional scientific literature, and also to gather, select and process data in function of research (primary literature, documentes, corpora, questionnaires, etc. depending on his/her linguistic specialty).
  • he/she is able to situate texts and other documents in their context (historically, ideologically, stylistically), to recognise the type of text or document and to take this into account when interpreting it.
  • he/she knows the current methodological approaches within contemporary linguistics
  • he/she has the necessary knowledge about literature and publications in contemporary linguistics (magazines, websites and other digital sources, …) 
Knowledge
A Master of Linguistics has the necessary background knowledge to place his/her research within his/her own field and is able to estimate its relevance and originality:
  • he/she is familiar with the most important linguistic theories and models, current ones as well as less current ones, and is able to easily use the basic concepts in linguistics.
  • he/she is familiar with the most important primary literature in linguistics.
  • he/she is familiar with the most important current relevant questions within his/her linguitic specialisation.
  • he/she can place his/her own domain of research in relation to other disciplines in linguistics and to other relevant scientific domains (philosophy, psychology, sociology, history, but also economic or “exact” sciences) and is able to deal with interaction between the different scientific domains
  • he/she has a thorough knowledge of the structure and functioning of the language in which he/she writes the master thesis and is able to reflect independently on language.
  • he/she has insight in the diversity of human language 
Communicative skills
Moreover, a Master of Linguistics has acquired linguistic and communication skills
  • to report, both orally and in writing including electronic reporting
  • to write argumentative texts and to effectively participate in discussions about his/her subject area
  • to formulate a scientific question as clearly and accurately as possible as a starting point for his/her own research 
Attitudes
A Master of Linguistics is expected
  • to have developed considerable powers of analysis and interpretation.
  • to have a critical attitude towards the scientific quality and social relevance of his/her own research
  • to have a critical attitude towards the developments in the domains of research and in the relevant scientific and cultural context.
Finally, also a critical orientation in the broad cultural, political and social context is one of the competences to be pursued.
Access to further studies

A masterdiploma gives access to advanced masters programmes, depending on the specific admission requirements of the advanced master.

ECTS co-ordinator

Prof. dr. D. Vermandere, dieter.vermandere@ua.ac.be

Ms. L. Van Wallendael, linda.vanwallendael@ua.ac.be (admin)