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Linguistics

Language is so much a part of our everyday lives that we rarely, if ever, stop to consider what it's like, how it functions, its role in social organisation and the way it varies and changes over time Linguistics is the science of language. It is not about learning a new language; rather, we study everything about language itself, ranging from how speech is produced to the relationship between language and the human mind / brain, and the role language plays in society. While the subject focuses on language as a phenomenon, we are also interested in the structures and properties to be found in particular languages. Thus, Linguistics is...

English Language & Literature

English at University is different to the kind of English you are likely to have done at school. We are interested not only in the canon of great literature established by British and American writers and critics, but also in the rich and complex traditions of writing in English that have emerged from Africa. We examine cultural texts in a sense that is sometimes broader than the straightforwardly "literary", and we also look at literary theories, which draw on other disciplines such as philosophy, politics, linguistics, psychology, sociology, and anthropology. To study English at UCT, a university committed to its role as a leading...

Philosophy

The ancient philosophers Aristotle and Plato agree about philosophy's starting point: It is owing to their wonder that [humans] both now begin and at the first began to philosophize. - Aristotle, Metaphysics Wonder is the feeling of a philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder. - Plato, Theaetetus So, as individuals and as a species, we have been drawn into philosophy by our sense of wonder at the world and our relations with it. But philosophy moves on from its starting point by using thought to reflect on and to investigate our wonderment. What is the upshot of this process of thinking? According to one recent philosopher: "The...

Basic legal educational programme

The LL.B degree provides students with a sound knowledge of the general principles of the South African legal system, and an ability to use legal materials effectively. Graduates should be able to assess critically, interpret and apply the law and have the historical, comparative and jurisprudential background that is essential for a thorough and critical understanding of law and legal institutions. The degree is offered in three streams: - a three-year postgraduate LLB stream; - a five- or six-year combined Law and Humanities or Law and Commerce LLB stream; and - a four-year undergraduate LLB stream. The courses taken for the LLB are:...

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