English language, literature and culture in an European context

Course Code: MEE412 • Study year: I • Academic Year: 2024-2025
Domain: Philology - Masters • Field of study: English Language, Literature and Culture in European Context
Type of course: Compulsory
Language of instruction: English
Erasmus Language of instruction: English
Name of lecturer: Maria Elisabeta Mureșan
Seminar tutor: Maria Elisabeta Mureșan
Form of education Full-time
Form of instruction: Class
Number of teaching hours per semester: 56
Number of teaching hours per week: 4
Semester: Autumn
Form of receiving a credit for a course: Grade
Number of ECTS credits allocated 10

Course aims:

• Explaining the role of the English language in the context of globalization
• Detailed linguistic analysis of a text of increased complexity, different from standard contemporary language
• Explaining in a multidisciplinary context some culturally complex phenomena

Course Entry Requirements:

- There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.

Course contents:


1. Introductory Course

2. English As a World Language 

3. What is a Global Language?

4. Why English? The Historical Context and the Cultural Legacy

5. Language and Culture 

6. The linguistic character of new Englishes 

7. The future of English as a world language 

8. Revision and conclusions 

Teaching methods:

-Interactive learning.

Learning outcomes:

• Description of the phonetic, lexical and grammatical system of the English language in its diachronic evolution and its synchronic varieties; Description of linguistic concepts and theories with a high degree of complexity, including those of language history and dialectology;
Explaining some linguistic phenomena by relating dialectal texts and texts from different stages of language evolution to standard contemporary English; 

Learning outcomes verification and assessment criteria:

Written paper 40%; interpretative essay – 20%; lab – 40%.

Recommended reading:

Battistella, Edwin L., Bad language: Are some words better than others?, Oxford: Oxford University Press, -, 2005, -.
Crystal, David, English as a Global Language, Cambridge University Press., -, 2003, -.
Galloway, Nicola, Introducing Global Englishes, New York: Routledge., -, 2015, -.