English Language and Culture

 

English Language and Literature Major Master’s Candidate Development Programme
 
Major Name: English Language and Culture             Major Code: 050201
Degree Authorization Classification:Literature
 
First: Synopsis of subjects
Focus of this discipline lays on linguistics, English & American literature and English & American culture. Supervisors on this discipline have made considerable achievements in their respective research fields and exerted a positive social influence on the academic circle.
Courses under this discipline include Academic Thesis Writing, General Linguistics, Semantics, Pragmatics, Cognitive Linguistics, Social Linguistics, Contrastive Analysis of English and Chinese and its Application to Translation, Stylistics, Western Literary Theory, History of English & American Literature, American Literature, English Literature, English & American Poetry, English & American Culture, Language and Culture, Language Policy, Research Methodology, etc. The tentative role of these courses is not only to give introduction to the development of these research fields in English and American countries, but also to discuss about how to make use of research results overseas for reference to promote the study of English Language and Literature in China, and hence to foster more and more highly qualified specialists in relevant fields.
 
Second: Educational objectives
The discipline aims to cultivate professional personnel of high level with all-round development in morality, intelligence and physique, who meet the demands of English teaching, language and literature research, and cultural studies. The specific objectives include:
1. Students should master overall knowledge of English, literature, culture and other relevant fields, and be able to analyze and probe into problems of relating areas with suitable theories and methods. Meanwhile, they are expected to be able to display their professional knowledge and science-research capability in their academic thesis.
2. A second foreign language should be aquired. Students should not only be able to read books and other materials with the help of reference books, but also be capable of translating it into Chinese.
3. Students should have a good physical health and psychological diathesis.
Students who gained thirty-one credit hours and passed MA degree examinations and thesis defence will be qualified to be awarded MA degree according to the Academic Degree Regulations of the People’s Republic of China.
 
 
Third: Main research area
Name of Research Area
Main Research Topics
Graduate Tutor
 Linguistics
To help students grasp the theoretical framework and basic concepts of the main branches of linguistics, understand development trends in relevant fields, and use their knowledge to scientifically analyse and solve problems occurring in translation practice, foreign language teaching and research.
Prof. Zheng Lixin, etc
Mainly focus on English and American literature and their classic works on the basis of literary criticism theories. Meanwhile, discussions and researches are done on important writers and their works before 19th century. The research results can be applied to comparative literature, literary translation, literature teaching and study, etc.
 Prof. Wu Jianguo, etc
English and American Culture
Mainly focus on English and American culture, including their politics, economy, history, language, social state and ethnic relations, etc.
This area is cross-disciplinary, with the aim to further grasp the macro and micro relationship between language and culture through the multi-angle studies on social and cultural history, sociology, culturology, linguistics, and ethnology,etc.
Prof. Cai Yongliang, etc
 
Fourth: Course design
Course Categories
Course
Name
Hours
Credits
Semester
Responsible Institute
Teacher
Protocol
Teacher
Public Degree
Courses
(Required
6 credits)
Chinese Traditional Culture
36
2
first
 
 
 
Modern Chinese Culture
36
2
first
 
 
 
72
2
first
College of Foreign Languages
 
 
Degree Basic
Courses
(9 credits)
Academic Papers Writing
54
3
I
College of Foreign Languages
Liu Guohui
 
General Linguistics
54
3
II
College of Foreign Languages
Zheng Lixin
 
Western Literary Theory
54
3
II
College of Foreign Languages
Rong Xinfang
 
Major Degree
Courses
(8 credits)
Semantics
36
2
I
College of Foreign Languages
Xu Ningyun
 
History of English & American Literature
54
3
I
College of Foreign Languages
Wu Jianguo
 
English & American Culture
54
3
I
College of Foreign Language
 
Major Optional
Courses
(8 credits)
Cognitive Linguistics
36
2
II
College of Foreign Languages
Zhang Yan
 
Sociolinguistics
36
2
II
College of Foreign Languages
Cai Yongling
 
Stylistics
36
2
I
College of Foreign Languages
Yuan Yongfang
 
Contrastive Analysis of English and Chinese and its Application to Transtation
36
2
I
College of Foreign Languages
Wang Lei
 
Pragmatics
36
2
I
College of Foreign Languages
Liu Guohui
 
English and American Poetry
36
2
II
College of Foreign Languages
Zhao Guangxu
 
Language Policy
36
2
II
College of Foreign Languages
Zhang Zhiguo
 
English and American Drama
36
2
I
College of Foreign Languages
Guo Qin
 
English and American Short Stories
36
2
II
College of Foreign Languages
Guo Haixia
 
Second Foreign Language
36
1
II
College of Foreign Languages
 
 
Contrastive Linguistics
36
1
II
 
College of Foreign Languages
Shang Xin
 
Classical Chinese
36
1
II
College of Foreign Languages
Yi Hui
Ni Weiping
 
Chinese Language and Culture
36
1
I
College of Foreign Languages
Ni Weiping
 
English Literature
36
1
II
College of Foreign Languages
Zhao Guangxu
 
American Literature
36
1
II
College of Foreign Languages
Wu Jianguo
 
Research Methodology
36
1
II
College of Foreign Languages
Mu Chongjun
 
Language and Culture
36
1
I
College of Foreign Languages
Shi Yanyan
 
Make-up Courses (two; non-credit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Compulsory Connection
(non-credit)
Academic Activities and Symposium
8 times
second
third
 
tutor
 
Practical Session
60
 
second
 
tutor
 
Literature Reading
 
 
first
second
 
tutor
 
Mid-term examination
Beginning of the third semester
Research Requirement
 
Academic dissertation
The third or fourth semester
Other Requirement
 
Notes: Upon completion of at least 31 credit hours and all the requirements of the compulsory courses, MA degree candidates could come to the thesis stage and apply for an oral defense.
 
Copywriter:Zheng Lixin   Executive Dean:Shang Xin    Chairman of The Committee:Mao Liqun
 
Fifth: Main bibliography and periodical catalog of literature reading for this course
Serial No
Name of Literature and Periodical
Author and Publishing Unit
Remarks
1
General Linguistics (Fourth edition)
R.H. Robins, 外语教学与研究出版社,2000
 
2
Semantics: The Study of Meaning
G. Leech, Penguin Books, 1983
 
3
Linguistic Semantics: An Introduction
J. Lyons, 外语教学与研究出版社,剑桥大学出版社,2000
 
4
An Introduction to Cognitive linguistics
F. Ungerer & H.J. Schmid, Longman Limited, 1996
 
5
Metaphors We Live By
G. Lakoff & M.Johnson, The University of Chicago Press, 1980
 
6
Linguistics Across Cultures
R. Lado, the University of Michigan Press, 1957
 
7
Contrastive Analysis
C. James, 青岛出版社,2005
 
8
Style in Fiction: A Linguistic Introduction to English Fictional Prose
G. Leech, 外语教学与研究出版社,2003
 
9
G. Leech, 外语教学与研究出版社,2003
J. Culler, 外语教学与研究出版社,2005
 
10
A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature
A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature
 
11
A Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory
R. Selden, 外语教学与研究出版社,2005
 
12
Translating Literature; Practice and Theory in a Comparative Literature Context
A. Lefevere, 外语教学与研究出版社,2006
 
13
The National Experience: A History of the United States (5th Edition)
J. M. Blum, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. 1981
 
14
English as a Global Language
D. Crystal, Cambridge University Press, 1997
 
15
Global Transformations: Politics, Economics and Culture
D. A. Held, Policy Press Limited, 1999
 
16
The Clash of Civilization and the Remaking of World Order
S. Huntington, Simon & Shuster, 1996
 
17
British Civilization: An Introduction (4th Edition)
J. Oakland, Routledge, 1998
 
18
《外国语》
 
 
19
《外语教学与研究》
 
 
20
《外国文学评论》
 
 
Introduction
Literature Reading:
According to its research area, postgraduates should read a certain amount of Chinese or Foreign language material and master research fronts of course development during their study, integrating with tutor’s scientific research and their own need of dissertation project selection.
 
Sixth: Postgraduates’ practical ability development for this course
The postgraduate students are required to complete several term papers and write the MA degree paper carefully. Through thesis writing, they should be capable of collecting and assorting documentation, as well as making theoretical discussions about relevant fields. Meanwhile, they could be volunteers in many practical activities, such as teaching practice, conference interpretation, document translation and some local international exchange activities, so that they can improve their English practical ability and working competence effectively and efficiently, which will lay a solid foundation for their teaching, research and translation work in the future.