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Master of Linguistics and Literature: one language

Learning outcomes

The master’s programme of Linguistics and Literature builds on the basic competences, skills and attitudes that the students have acquired in the bachelor’s programme of Linguistics and Literature and offers an in depth training that is closely connected with current scientific research.

The students acquire the following core competences in the master of linguistics and literature:

• possess the necessary skills to independently collect, select and process data and to critically interpret documents in function of a research topic and this using the current methodological approaches in their area of expertise.
• be familiar with the main primary and secondary literature, the main theories and basic notions of their area of research and be able to develop a point of view based on them.
• be able to reflect on the structure and the use of the studied languages and possess the necessary language and communicative skills to report orally and in writing on their research but also to effectively participate in discussions in their area of expertise and defend their position.
• be able to evaluate the social relevance and the scientific content of their research and be able to independently follow and evaluate evolutions within their scientific discipline and within the broader cultural, political and social context.

In order to acquire these core competences, the master students follow a programme in one or two languages and their associated literature. They draw their own scientific path and opt for a focus on the study of linguistics or literature. The master thesis is an important part of the programme as it requires the student to apply and integrate the above mentioned competences.

The above-mentioned core competences are developed further into 16 competences representing a whole of knowledge, skills and attitudes.

1. The master is able to independently gather and select professional scientific literature, and also to gather, select and process data in function of research (primary literature, documents, corpora, questionnaires, etc. depending on the domain of research).

2. The master 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.

3. The master knows the current methodological approaches within his/her domain of research and is able to apply them autonomously.

4. The master has the necessary knowledge about literature and publication habits in his/her subject area (magazines, websites and other digital sources, …)

5. The master is familiar with the main theories in the subject area, current ones as well as less current ones and is able to easily use the basic notions in his/her domain of research and can develop a personal point of view about the domain studied.

6. The master is familiar with the most important primary literature within his/her subject area (literary texts, texts by linguistic or other authors).

7. The master is familiar with the most important current relevant questions in the subject area.

8. The master can place his/her own subject area in relation to other relevant scientific domains and actively look for connections with these domains.

9. The master has basic insights in the structure and functioning of the language in which he/she writes the master thesis and is able to reflect on the structure and the use of language.

10. The master has acquired linguistic and communication skills to report, both orally and in writing including electronic reporting.

11. The master has acquired linguistic and communication skills to write argumentative texts and to effectively participate in discussions about his/her subject area and to defend their own position convincingly.

12. The master has acquired linguistic and communication skills to formulate a scientific question as clearly and accurately as possible as a starting point for his/her own research

13. The master has developed considerable powers of analysis and interpretation.

14. The master has a critical attitude towards the scientific quality and social relevance of his/her own research.

15. The master has a critical attitude towards the developments in the domains of research and in the relevant scientific and cultural context.

16. The master has a critical orientation in a broad cultural, political and social context.