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

  • 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: 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 Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





Essay (2000 words) - 40%.

Written assignment (3000 words) - 60%.

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

  Deliver students to appraise relevant literature and to identity the strengths and limitations of the various methodological approaches employed

  Develop students' understanding of how to evaluate the ways that empirical evidence can translate into policy implications/recommendations

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


Interpret key research in the areas of 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 its impact at social and individual levels

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

  Understand the relationship between empirical research and HE policy, and how to formulate coherent and rationale-driven policy recommendations on a range of language-based issues

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.