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LINGUISTICS AND LANGUAGES program

University of Nairobi

Bachelors Degree Program 4 YEARS

Course Details

Course Overview

The department offers a wide range of unit courses in five subjects or disciplines which can be taken by students in the Faculty of Arts.

Minimum Entry Requirements

1. A candidate for admission to the Faculty of Arts (hereinafter referred to as "the Faculty") must have any of the following as minimum qualifications:


i) KCSE with a C+ or equivalent


ii) KCSE with a C plain or equivalent Plus a Diploma or equivalent from a recognized post- secondary institution.


iii) KCE./EACE Div. III/ Ordinary GCE or equivalent Plus a Diploma or equivalent from a recognized post- secondary institution.


iv) KACE or EAACE./ Advanced GCE Certificate with one principal pass Plus a Diploma (including IB


Diploma) or equivalent from a recognized postsecondary institution.


v) KACE or EAACE certificate with two principal passes or equivalent.


vi) International Baccalaureate Diploma


vii) A degree from a recognized University or equivalent.


2. A Diploma course shall be required to have covered at least 3 course units of 45 contact hours each over a minimum period of 2 semesters of 15 weeks or 270 contact hours.

Course Program

LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION


First Year


Semester I


Principles and Practice of Communication


Computer Application in Infor.Communication


Semester II


Aspects of Language Skills


Communication Systems


Second Year


Semester I (Core Courses)


Interpersonal Communication and Consultancy


Crisis Communication and Language in Public Relations


Electives


Fundamentals of Writing


Communication and Gender


Semester II (Core Courses)


 Language in Broadcasting


Public Speaking


Electives


Communicative Grammar of English


Information Communication


Third Year


Semester I (Core Courses)


Desktop Publishing


Report and Project Writing


Business Communication


Elective


Principles of Persuasion


Semester II (Core Courses)


Research Methods in Communication


Stylistics


Language in Advertising


Elective


Fictional and Non-fiction Communication


Fourth Year


Semester I (Core Courses)


Language of Newspapers and Magazines


Aspects of Forensic Linguistics


Organizational Communication


Elective


Symbolic Communication


Semester II (Core Courses)


Communication and Development


Editing


Speech writing


Elective


Intercultural Communication


LINGUISTICS AND AFRICAN LANGUAGES


Course Outline


First Year


Semester I


The Nature and Function of Language


The Language Situation in Africa and Kenya


Semester II


Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology


Introduction to Historical Comparative Linguistics


Second Year


Semester I


Introduction to Morphology


Classification of African Languages


Semester II


Introduction to Syntax


The Structure of African Languages


Third Year


Semester I


Introduction to Semantics


Introduction to Bantu Language Studies


Introduction to Nilotic Language Studies


Practical Language Issues in Africa


Elective


 Introduction to Sociolinguistics


Introduction to Pragmatics


Introduction to Afro-Asiatic Language Studies


Introduction to Sign Language


Semester II


Core


Traditionalist Linguistics


The Structure of Bantu Languages


Advanced History Comparative Linguistics


Research Methods in Linguistics


Language and Society


The Structure of Afro-Asiatic Languages


Sign Language and Grammar


Fourth Year


Semester I


Introduction to Generative Transform-ational Theory


The Structure of Nilotic Languages


Advanced Phonology


Introduction to Psycholinguistics


Phonetics and Phonological Character-is tics of African Languages


A Study of a Kenyan Language


Sign Language Translation Skills


Semester II


Advanced Linguistic Theory (Syntax)


Research Paper on African Languages


Lexicography


Advanced Study of a Kenyan Language


Morphological and Syntactic Character-is tics of African Languages.


Issues of Language Management and Development in Africa


Advanced Sign Language Translation Theory and


Practice


LINGUISTICS AND ENGLISH


Course Outline


First Year


Semester I


The Nature and Function of Language


The History and Varieties of English


Semester II


Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology


English Usage in Kenya


Second Year


Semester I


Introduction to Morphology


Modern English Phonetics & Phonology


Semester II


Introduction to Syntax


Modern English Morphology


Third Year


Semester 1


Introduction to Semantics


Modern English Syntax


Introduction to Sociolinguistics


 Practical Language Issues in Africa


Introduction to Pragmatics


Introduction to Hist. Comparative Linguistics


Semester II


Traditionalist Linguistics (Syntax)


Advanced Phonetics and Phonology of English


Advanced Historical Comparative Linguistics


Research Methods in Linguistics


Stylistics


Error Analysis


Fourth Year


Semester I


Intro. to Generative Transformational Theory


Advanced English Structure


Advanced Phonology


Introduction to Psycholinguistics


English for Specific Purposes


Discourse Analysis


Semester II


Advanced Linguistic Theory (Syntax)


Research Paper in English


Lexicography


Advanced Semantics


Translation Theory and Practice


Analysis of Eng. within a Modern/Current Theory


ARABIC STUDIES


Course Title


First Year


Semester I


Introduction to Arabic Language


Communication Skills


Semester II


Elementary Language Skills


Basic Arabic Grammar


Second Year


Semester I


Arabic Structure


Modern Arabic Texts


Semester II


Comprehension in Arabic


Introduction to Arabic Translation


Third Year


Semester I


The Morphology of Various Word Classics in Arabic


Historical Development of Arabic


Translation of Non-literary Arabic Texts


Classical Arabic Poetry


Introduction to Arabic Literary Criticism


Analysis of Poetry as a Study in Style


Semester II


Syntax of the Simple Arabic Sentence


Advanced Language Skills in Arabic


Translation of Literary Texts


Classical Arabic Prose


Introduction to the Arabic Prose


Analysis of Prose as a Study in Style


Fourth Year


Semester I


Development of Modern Arabic Literature


Modern Arabic Poetry


Advanced Translation and Comprehension


Modern approach to the Structure of Arabic


Advanced Studies of Arabic Rhetoric


Introduction to Spoken Arabic Language


Semester II


Advanced Arabic Grammar


Modern Arabic Prose


  Advanced Composition


Modern approach to the Arabic Literary Criticism


Analysis of Modern Texts Belonging to Different


Registers and Usage


Arabic Drama


GERMAN STUDIES


Courses Offered


First Year


Semester I


German Grammar (Skills)


Introduction to Germany and the German


Speaking Countries


Semester II


German Language Skills


Literature and Civilization of the German-


Speaking Countries


Second Year


Semester I


Syntactic Problems of the German Language


Post-war Literature in Germany


Semester II


Advanced Study of the German Language


German Contemporary Literature


Third Year


Semester I


Linguistic Aspects of the German Language


Aspects of the Political Culture of Germany


German Philosophical Thinking


Social Problems and the Theatre


Poetological Concepts within the German


Tradition


German Short Story


Semester II


German History Within the 20th Century


Grammar and Advanced Translation


The Federal Republic in the World


Theoretical and Critical Writing in German


Analysis of Poetry


History of the German Language


Fourth Year


Semester I


Advanced Study of Modern Standard German


Problems and Strategies of Translation


Survey on German Literature


German Fiction from the 17th Century to the


Period of Classicism


Aspects of German Thought from Kant to Hegel


Mass media within the German-speaking World


Semester II


Phonetics and Orthography of Modern Standard


German


Examples of Advanced Translation


German History from 1648 to the Present


German Fiction from the 19th Century to the


Present


Aspects of German Thought from Marx to Present


Cultures & Subcultures in present-day Germany


 


SWAHILI STUDIES


Course Titles


First Year


Semester I


Introduction to Swahili Language skills


Introduction to Swahili Usage


Semester II


Introduction to the Structure of Swahili


Introduction to Textual Analysis


Second Year


Semester I


Aspects of Swahili Structure


Introduction to Literary Criticism


Semester II


Introduction to P

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