Language and the Global Campus: Linguistic Issues in the Internationalisation of Higher Education ENGLANG5123

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course familiarises students with key linguistic issues in language and globalisation and the internationalisation of higher education. We will critically engage with discourses of internationalisation and the linguistic and cultural issues that arise on an international campus. There will be a specific focus on key issues such as: teaching and learning (in) an international language; integration and adaptation to the global campus; standards and norms in English for academic purposes; and developing a multilingual identity.


10 x 2hr seminars over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Master's at College level

Excluded Courses





A written report (1000 words) - 25%.

A written assignment (4000 words) - 75%.

Course Aims

This course aims to:


  Introduce students to a range of sub-fields in applied linguistics as they relate specifically to the internationalisation of higher education

  Enable students to critically reflect on the key theoretical, social and political issues surrounding the internationalisation of HE and to apply the theoretical and empirical knowledge gained to their own experiences and areas of research

  Provide practical skills training in research design and implementation through a variety of qualitative and quantitative methodologies

  Encourage students to engage critically with relevant literature and to identity the strengths and limitations of the various methodological approaches employed.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


Investigate key research into linguistic globalisation and the internationalisation of HE

Identify, critique and apply a range of methodologies in Applied Linguistics with a focus on educational contexts

Evaluate the key findings from a number of seminal studies on the internationalisation of higher education

Critically reflect on the relationship between language and education and the social and individual impact of this

Interpret and interrelate the results of qualitative and quantitative analysis of real-life data

  Compare and contrast discourses surrounding internationalisation of higher education in academic literature, and the media

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.