Period for course registration in Ladok: 1 January – 14 January.
|Course and application code
ENG019 22514 (fristående kurs)
|Study period and pace
This course is a half-time course given between weeks 03-02
|Syllabus and reading list
|Questions about registration and admission
Welcome to English 1-30, 50%!
Your full commitment to studying this course is crucial. If you have registered but changed your mind about taking this course, you should immediately inform our administrator, Monika Karlsson (firstname.lastname@example.org), that you wish to be removed from the course list; there are applicants on the reserve list who could be admitted to the course within the first two weeks of the semester. We will schedule a mandatory "roll-call" session on Zoom in connection with your first seminar (week 3). You will find the time and place for the roll-call and your first seminars in the schedule four weeks before the course starts. If you cannot attend the first meeting but are committed to studying this course, contact the course coordinator via e-mail before the meeting takes place and briefly explain in writing why you want to study English.
Since this course runs at 50%, you must be prepared to allocate 20 hours of study per week, including class attendance, reading and writing assignments. Studying for 15 credits in one term is like a half-time job.
You will study five modules in total within this course:
Language Structure (7.5 hp)
Written Communication (7.5 hp)
World English (3 hp)
Culture, Ethnicity and Identity (4.5 hp)
Contemporary Literature in English (7.5 hp)
Culture, Ethnicity and Identity (weeks 3-8), Contemporary Literature in English (weeks 9-18) and World English (weeks 19-22) will be taught during the spring term of 2024. During the fall term of 2024, the remaining two modules will be taught.
You should order all the course books indicated in the syllabus as “Kurslitteratur,” with the exception of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, which will not be used. The “Referenslitteratur” is not obligatory, but can be used for further reading on the topics addressed in the course. Please note that the modules are not taught in the order that they are presented in the literature list. Make sure you order the literature for the first module (Culture, Ethnicity and Identity), John McLeod’s Beginning Postcolonialism (2010), in good time before the course starts.
Students attending courses in English at the University of Gävle are required to attend class in order to receive a passing grade. Studying English at our college does not only involve obtaining subject knowledge, but also improving one’s ability to speak and write English, and this can only take place if students meet their teachers and actively participate in the instruction. Furthermore, most modules feature group work to accommodate the general course objective that “students should be able to compare and critically evaluate one’s own and others' work”. Failure to participate in such activities will therefore make it impossible to attain a course objective. For these reasons, we require attendance, with only minor exceptions.
More information about the content and assessment procedures for individual modules will be published by the instructors on the course site in Canvas. All five modules include student participation in their assessment procedures. The teaching usually consists of lectures and seminars, but each module has its own structure and policy with respect to the forms of teaching.
It is important that you log onto Canvas in good time before the course starts, since this will be our main channel for communication. This is where you will find material about our course such as the timetable, instructions, and additional resources. This is also where the course coordinator will post general announcements concerning the course. The email client will be used to send individual messages when necessary. Therefore, check the course page and your email regularly. Please note that the Canvas calendar is not your class schedule, it only indicates deadlines for Canvas assignments. Use the link to the “Course Schedule” to access your class schedule.
We will meet in a virtual classroom using Zoom. Information on how to access this classroom will be posted in Canvas. For us all to be able to benefit from a good quality of reception it is recommended that you use broadband and not a wireless connection. It is also important that you use a good headset with a microphone instead of the microphone on the computer only. A good camera is also essential for communicative purposes. Unfortunately, iPads and iPhones do not work sufficiently for this activity.
The course is given by the Faculty of Education and Business Studies
Registration for exams, including re-takes, is mandatory. You can register for exams via Ladok. You need to register at least ten days before the exam date. If you didn't register in time, you can not take your exam. No exceptions are made from this rule, we do not accept registrations when the deadline is passed.
If you are a distance study student and want to take your exam off-campus, you need to apply to do so at least three weeks prior to the exam date.
Service and Support
You need to apply for accommodation yourself. Please remember to do it in good time before your arrival. The University of Gävle does not provide any student accommodation.
Free Microsoft Office
As a student at the University of Gävle you have the opportunity to install Microsoft Office on up to five computers. The Office package includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook and Onenote.
The library is located in the middle of campus and is open to everybody. You can reach all digital resources such as e-books and e-journals after logging in with your user account.
- Residence permit
- If you are a non-EU citizen you need to apply for a residence permit. Start the process of applying for a residence permit as soon as possible. This can be a slow process and take several months. It is therefore good to get started as soon as possible!
At the Student Centre you will meet knowledgeable staff that can assist you in just about anything regarding your studies at the University of Gävle. The Student Centre is located in building 22. You will also find a café in this area and TV displays showing current information and the daily timetabling. If you have any study-related questions, you can contact the Student Centre at email@example.com
- Sometimes you need help to manage your studies and student life. At the University of Gävle we have several support functions to help you deal with various study-related situations, such as, for example, study guidance counselling, student health and welfare, and support for disabled students.
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Web meetings with Zoom
- Zoom are a services for web meetings at the University of Gävle. You usually need a webcam and headset with a microphone.
- Web meetings with Zoom
Wireless network (wifi)
Eduroam (EDUcation ROAMing) gives you access to the Internet when you are staying on the University campus. It also provides internet access at other universities and colleges that are connected to eduroam. Eduroam also works at many airports, railway stations and hotels.