Linguistics is concerned with the scientific study of language. Linguistics students learn about the range of critically important functions that language performs in practically all aspects of our lives: as a human communication system, as a repository of knowledge and culture, as a constructor of social and ethnic identity, as the most powerful mechanism of acquiring and exchanging new knowledge, that is, of teaching and learning.

Linguists examine the structure, the acquisition and the functions of language, and describe the variety of world languages. They also analyse the role of language in society and communication between people and cultures. In today’s globalised world, growing attention is devoted to the teaching and learning of second/foreign languages, particularly English as a second language.

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    1. Bachelor of Arts
    2. Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    3. Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science
    4. Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
    5. Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Arts
    6. Bachelor of Social Science
    7. Bachelor of Social Science (Honours)
    8. Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

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