Course code: ALSM05
Swedish title: Allmän språkvetenskap: Aktuell tvärvetenskaplig språkforskning
Credits: 7.5

Study period: spring semester 2017
Type of studies: part time, 50 %, day
Study period: 2017-03-20 – 2017-06-04
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-75751
Eligibility: 90 higher education credits, of which at least 60 credits are from within a language discipline or Linguistics (General Linguistics or Phonetics), or the equivalent. English 6/English course B.

Teachers: Sven Strömqvist


Languages are interwoven with our ways of thinking, our relations to other people, our individual and collective memory, our culture and social identity. Languages play a key role for societal functions such as broadcasting news and educating new generations as well as for so-called grand challenges, for example, intercultural interaction and learning. Understanding, explaining and possibly enhancing these areas and functions generally demand a multidisciplinary approach and since the late 20th century new branches of linguistics have emerged, for example, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics and neurolinguistics. Language is also targetted in other disciplines, such as philosophy of language, language pedagogy and narratology. Further, larger multidisciplinary research groups are much more common today than fifteen years ago.

We will take a closer look at the strengths and weaknesses with these multidisciplinary approaches with linguistics at the centre. What trends can be seen on a local, national and international level? Also, we will discuss a variety of complex problems and societal challenges where a multidisciplinary approach with linguistics in a key role has a potential.


This course is not open as a freestanding course next semester. It can be open for application within a programme or for students in an exchange programme. Please ask your academic advisor for information.

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods: October–January for autumn semester and June–August for spring semester.

Extended application deadline

Sometimes the application deadline is extended for a specific programme or course. In these cases you will find the message "open for late application" by the programme/course information on You apply with the usual application steps. As long as this message is showing, it is possible to apply, but late applications are processed in order of date, so it is still important to apply as soon as possible. Please note that if the programme/course does not have an extended deadline, it is not possible to apply late.

First or Second Admission Round?

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the January round. Also, this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.

Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

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