Syllabus for students spring 2021, spring 2020, spring 2019, spring 2018

Course Code:
EN236L revision 1.1
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
Date of establishment:
13 October 2011
Date of ratification:
29 September 2012
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
02 September 2013
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
29 September 2012

Course description

The course develops students' knowledge of central concepts within semantics primarily but also to a certain extent within pragmatics, paired with the skill to use these concepts to analyze English words and sentences. These are important tools in gaining a deeper understanding of the structure and function of language, and therefore also prepare students for the concrete language analyses that their bachelor papers may involve.

Entry requirements

Prerequisite courses for this course are: Passed courses: EN101E-English I. English I; 1-30 credits within English as a main subject

Learning outcomes

After finishing the course, the student:
1) can account for the difference between semantic and pragmatic meanings;
2) can account for the central concepts within semantics;
3) can analyze English words and sentences using semantic methods and concepts;
4) can use correct terminology to describe relevant meaning features of English words and sentences;
5) can demonstrate an awareness of how semantics can contribute to text and discourse analysis; and
6) can seek and evaluate further information within the field of semantics.


This course is assessed through one written in-class exam and one written assignment. The written exam assesses learning outcomes 1-4 and the written assigment assesses learning outcomes 3-6, in relation to a topic selected by the student. In order to receive a passing grade on the whole course, the student has to recieve a passing grade for both the exam and the written assignment.

Course content

This course is about meaning in language and thus deals with both the nature of language and the structure of communication. In more detail, the course deals with how words are related to other words, and how sentences are related to other sentences, by examining relations such as synonymy, antonymy, hyponymy and implication. In this course we will also investigate grammatical and lexical meaning in language, through an investigation of concepts such as aspect and modality.

Learning activities

The learning activities on this course are lectures, seminars, self-study of literature including exercises, and independent work on a particular topic.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

J. R., Heasley, B., & Smith, M. B. 2007. Semantics: a coursebook. Cambridge University Press.
Additional material may be introduced in the course, but no more than 200 pages.

Course evaluation

The course is concluded with an individual course evaluation focusing on the goals of the course. A summary of the evaluation results is made available to the students on the university network/learning platform and is discussed in programme councils or similar forums connected to the course


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the School of Arts and Communication.

Further information

Studentservice, K3 - Malmö universitet,


29 March 2021 - 06 June 2021 Day-time 50% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program

30 March 2020 - 07 June 2020 Day-time 50% Malmö Schedule This course is offered as part of a program

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 10000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 10000 SEK