Systemic Functional Linguistics and its Applications ENGLANG5121

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • 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: Yes

Short Description

This course presents a Masters-level overview of Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) as a theory of language in use. It will provide students with analytical skills for text-based research across a variety of professional, political and social contexts. The course covers lexicogrammatical and textual analysis and the relationship between text and context.


10 x 1hr lectures, 10 x 1hr practical workshops over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. 

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Master's at College level

Excluded Courses





Two technical exercises (1250 words each) - 25% each

One written assignment (2500 words) - 50%.

Course Aims

This course will aim to provide the opportunity to:


 Acquire a core understanding of Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) and its applications to social and professional issues

 Carry out a variety of lexicogrammatical and semantic analyses on different types of data

 Critically contrast alternative approaches to text analysis within SFL

Analyse independently-collected data and design an applied research project

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


 Identify and categorise functional elements of clause and group structure within the framework of Systemic Functional Linguistics

Present complex analyses in graphic and/or tabular form to illustrate patterns in linguistic data

Interpret patterns in linguistic data

 Relate text types to social function

 Determine the appropriate data sets and methods of analysis for applying SFL in an independent research


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.