28.05.2007

K1 (FinSL as a mother tongue)

BASIC STUDIES

SVKP110 Language Knowledge and Linguistics
KLSP001 Perspectives on Language (Näkökulmia kieleen): Introduction to Language and Language Research 1 pt
SVKP111 Perspectives on Language: Introduction to Theoretical Linguistics 2 pts
KLSP003: Perspectives on Language (Näkökulmia kieleen): Approaching Applied Linguistics 2 pts

SVKP120 Structure and Use of Signed Languages 10 pts
SVKP121 Introduction to the Linguistics of Finnish Sign Language 5 pts
SVKP122 Practice Course on the Structure of Signed Languages 5 pts

SVKP130 Intercultural Communication and Sign Language Culture 10 pts
SVKP131 Intercultural Communication 4 pts
SVKP132 Deaf Culture and History 6 pts

SVKP140 Language Acquisition and Bilingualism 5 pts
SVKP141 Language Acquisition and Bilingualism 5 pts

Total 30 pts


SUBJECT STUDIES

SVKA110 Structure and Research of Signed Languages 10 pts
SVKA111 Phonology 4 pts
SVKA112 Morphology and Syntax 6 pts

SVKA120 Semantics and Pragmatics 5 pts
SVKA121 Semantics and Pragmatics 5 pts

SVKA130 Sign Language Lexicon and Onomastics
SVKA131 Sign Language Lexicon and Onomastics

SVKA140 Language and Culture 10/15 pts
SVKA141 Sign Language Communication I 5 pts
SVKA142 Sign Language Communication II 5 pts
SVKA143 Sign Language Culture and Literature 5 pts

SVKA150 Sociolinguistics (optional) 5 pts
SVKA151 Sociolinguistics (optional) 5 pts

SVKA160 Pedagogical Language Knowledge (optional) 5 pts
SVKA161 Pedagogical Language Knowledge (optional) 5 pts

SVKA170 Proseminar and Bachelor’s thesis (only for major students of FinSL) 15 pts
SVKA171 Research Methods 5 pts
SVKA172 Proseminar and Bachelor’s thesis 10 pts

Total
Major students 50 pts
Minor students 35 pts



ADVANCED STUDIES

SVKS101 Pro Gradu thesis 40 pts
SVKS102 Seminar 5 pts


SVKS103-SVKS109 Theory and Method Studies 5–20 pts
SVKS110-SVKS116 Subject-Specified Studies 10–25 pts
SVKS110 Research of Phonology in Signed Languages
SVKS111 Research of Morphology in Signed Languages
SVKS112 Research of Syntax in Signed Languages
SVKS113 Research of Semantics and Pragmatics in Signed Languages
SVKS114 Research of Sociolinguistics in Signed Languages
SVKS115 Research of the Acquisition of Signed Languages
SVKS116 Research of Psycholinguistics in Signed Languages
SVKS117 Research Methods of Signed Languages
SVKS120-SVKS149 Specialised studies chosen from the joint courses of Department of Languages 10-25 pts

Total 80 pts



BASIC STUDIES (30 pts)


SVKP110 Language Knowledge and Linguistics 5 pts

KLSP001, SVKP111, KLSP003 Perspectives on Language (Näkökulmia kieleen) 5 pts
Aim and Content: KLSP001 Introduction to Language and Language Research (1 pts): Student masters the basic knowledge related to language and understands the multidimensionality of both language and language research. SVKP111 Introduction to Theoretical Linguistics (2 pts): Student masters the basic knowledge of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, and on the basis of this knowledge, is able to analyse the structure of the language of one’s study. KLSP003 Approaching Applied Linguistics (2 pts): Student is able to contemplate language in relation to individual, society and the surrounding world from different points of view. In addition, student knows some of the most common theories about language acquisition, learning and teaching.
Mode of study: The course consists of three parts, of which the first (Introduction to Language and Language Research) and the third (Approaching Applied Linguistics) are organised as joint lectures for all the first year students of the Department of Languages. There are exercises, group discussions and supplementary reading and assignments combined with the joint lectures. The second part of the course is organised in each language subject as its own course. In the subject of Finnish Sign Language, the language specified studies include lectures and literature.
Recommended time of study: The first academic year.


SVKP120 Structure and Use of Signed Languages 10 pts

SVKP121 Introduction to the Linguistics of Finnish Sign Language 5 pts
Aim: The student becomes familiar with the structure of signed languages and particularly with the structure of Finnish Sign Language (phonology, morphology and syntax) as well as with the meaning (semantics), use (pragmatics) and variation. Also the basic concepts of sign language research, and research in general, are treated. After the course, student will know the main characteristics of the structure of signed languages (of Finnish Sign Language in particular) and understands diverse ways of describing and examining the structure of signed languages.
Mode of study: Lectures, literature and a written assignment.
Recommended time of study: The first academic year.

SVKP122 Practice Course on the Structure of Signed Languages 5 pts
Aim and content: The structure of Finnish Sign Language is examined through analysing various signed texts. The aim is to learn to analyse the structure of Finnish Sign Language and recognise its grammatical regularities.
Mode of study: Guided group work and individual exercises.
Recommended time of study: The first academic year.


SVKP130 Intercultural Communication and Sign Language Culture 10 pts

SVKP131 Intercultural Communication 4 pts
Aim and content: This course introduces students to the basic concepts and theories of intercultural communication and encourages them to ponder issues that affect the situations involving intercultural communication. The aim of the course is to make students aware of the their own culture and its effect on international encounters. In addition, students will become aware of characteristics of different cultures and of the differences between cultures in communication, and learn to apply this knowledge in intercultural situations.
Mode of study: Workshop, literature and/or a written assignment.
Recommended time of study: The first academic year.

SVKP132 Deaf Culture and History 6 pts
Aim and content: The course looks at the history and culture of the Deaf from both international and Finnish point of view. It also introduces basic concepts of the field together with community knowledge. The aim of the course for students is to learn to know both international and national history of the Deaf as well as cultural knowledge and activities of the Deaf and the key concepts of community knowledge.
Mode of study: Lectures and literature and/or a written examination.
Recommended time of study: The first academic year.


SVKP140 Language Acquisition and Bilingualism 5 pts

SVKP141 Language Acquisition and Bilingualism 5 pts
Aim and content: The aim of the course is to provide students with knowledge of the basic features of language acquisition, different forms of bilingualism and key concepts of the research on bilingualism. Students familiarise themselves with language acquisition of a child throughout early childhood and school age as well as with the development of language awareness. Emphasis is on the acquisition of a signed language. Moreover, bilingualism and the factors affecting the implementation of bilingualism are discussed.
Mode of study: Lectures, literature and a written examination.
Recommended time of study: The first academic year.



SUBJECT STUDIES (50 pts, minor students 35 pts)

Majors complete their subject studies with a proseminar and the bachelor’s thesis.
Minors do not attend the proseminar or write the bachelor’s thesis.


SVKA110 Structure and Research of Signed Languages 10 pts

SVKA111 Phonology 4 pts
Aim and content: This course aims to deepen the students’ knowledge of the research on the phonological structure of signs and different description models of signs, and to apply this knowledge to analysing sign language lexicon. Transcription methods of signs are introduced both in theory and practice. The goal for students is to become familiar with different description and transcription methods of signs and to apply this knowledge to practice.
Mode of study: Lectures, literature and a written assignment.
Recommended time of study: The second academic year.

SVKA112 Morphology and Syntax 6 pts
Aim and content: The course deals with several topics: the formation and inflection of signs, lexical categories, syntactic structures of clauses and clause types, morphosyntactic ways of binding the text. The aim is to increase the students’ understanding of the morphology and syntax of signed languages and to develop a capability to analyse the morphosyntactic structure of signed texts.
Mode of study: Lectures, literature and a written assignment or a written examination.
Recommended time of study: The second academic year.


SVKA120 Semantics and Pragmatics 5 pts

SVKA121 Semantics and Pragmatics 5 pts
Aim and content: The course familiarises students with the key concepts and theories of lexical semantics, clause semantics and pragmatics. Students learn to consider and analyse the construction of meanings and constructing of meanings in different language contexts.
Mode of study: Lectures, literature and a written assignment. In addition, guided practical work during which the issues discussed in the lectures are applied to Finnish Sign Language.
Recommended time of study: The third academic year.


SVKA130 Sign Language Lexicon and Onomastics 5 pts

SVKA131 Sign Language Lexicon and Onomastics 5 pts
Aim and content: This course looks at the lexicalised and polysynthetic signs from the point of view of structure and meaning. The focus is particularly on Finnish Sign Language. The conventions of name signs in different sign languages are discussed. The course aims to provide students with understanding of the nature of lexicalised and polysynthetic signs, their conditions of use and their interaction. Furthermore, students will learn to know the key features of name signs.
Mode of study: Lectures, literature and a written assignment or a written examination.
Recommended time of study: The second academic year.


SVKA140 Language and Culture 10/15 pts

SVKA141 Sign Language Communication I 5 pts
Aim and content: Students examine their mother tongue from a structural and communicative point of view in different language contexts. The aim of the course is to make students aware of the effect of context on language structure and to understand the meaning of it in their own communication.
Mode of study: Guided group work and exercises.
Recommended time of study: The second academic year.

SVKA 142 Sign Language Communication II 5 pts
Aim and content: The goal of the course is to deepen students’ knowledge of the text genres and registers of their mother tongue and their connection with the structure and usage of language. As a result, the students’ language and communication skills and awareness continue to develop.
Mode of study: Guided group work and exercises.
Recommended time of study: The second academic year.

SVKA 143 Sign Language Culture and Literature 5 pts
Aim and content: The course familiarises students with the basic concepts of sign language culture. The significance and function of sign language literature as manifesting the Deaf culture and passing on the traditions of Deaf culture is pondered. Students will also learn about the tradition of storytelling in sign language and about different text genres. The aim for students is to learn to know the characteristics of Deaf culture and genres of sign language literature as well as to understand the significance of sign language literature for the Deaf culture and community.
Mode of study: Lectures, literature and a written assignment.
Recommended time of study: The second academic year.


SVKA150 Sociolinguistics (optional) 5 pts

SVKA151 Sociolinguistics (optional) 5 pts
Aim and content: Students are familiarised with the variation and change of a signed language, with language contacts and the phenomena related to them. Also the status of signed languages in society is discussed. The goal is to make students aware of the multidimensional interrelationship between language and society.
Mode of study: Lectures, literature and a written assignment or a written examination.
Recommended time of study: The third academic year.


SVKA160 Pedagogical Language Knowledge (optional) 5 pts

SVKA161 Pedagogical Language Knowledge (optional) 5 pts
Aim and content: The aim of the course is to familiarise students with the learning and teaching of Finnish Sign Language as a mother tongue and as a second language. Students examine the effect of visual-gestural modality on language learning and teaching, teaching methods and the designing of classroom material. Students will learn to know methods of sign language teaching. In addition, students will learn to apply language knowledge to teaching from a pragmatic-functional perspective; they will acquire motivation and capability to develop pupils’ textual, conversational and general language skills.
Mode of study: Lectures, literature and workshop.
Recommended time of study: The third academic year.


SVKA170 Proseminar and Bachelor’s thesis (only for major students of FinSL) 15 pts

SVKA171 Research Methods 5 pts
Aim and content: I A joint course of Department of Languages introducing research methodology – see the joint teaching of Department of Languages. II Subject-specific method workshop: The students will familiarise themselves with the research methods of signed languages.
Mode of study: The course consists of two parts. The first part is a joint course of the Department of Languages introducing different fields of study, research projects and methodological reviews. The second part is a subject-specific method workshop, during which the students become familiar with the research methods of signed languages and present methods of researches selected by students themselves.  
Recommended time of study: The third academic year.

SVKA172 Proseminar and Bachelor’s thesis 10 pts
Aim and content: The course focuses on writing scientific texts as well as planning and producing a thesis on the field of Finnish Sign Language and literature. The goal of the course is to guide students to search for sources, use sources, collect and analyse language material, apply methods of linguistics and report the results of analyses.
Mode of study: Participation into seminar, writing a research plan and a bachelor’s thesis.
Recommended time of study: The third academic year.



ADVANCED STUDIES (80 pts)

Each student attends the seminar and writes the pro gradu thesis. Students complete their studies with a selection of courses, which partly varies every year, according to their personal curricula. In addition to the seminar and pro gradu thesis, advanced studies contain a total of 35 pts of some of the following: 10-25 pts of specialised studies shared within the Department of Languages, 5-20 pts of theory and method studies and 10-25 pts of subject-specific studies. Every study module must contain at least 5 pts. The subject-specific studies of Finnish Sign Language are mainly completed through literature, but in some of the modules, lectures may be organised.   

SVKS101 Pro Gradu thesis 40 pts

Aim and content: The student will independently carry out and report a scientific research work on the field of structure or use of Finnish Sign Language or sign language literature. The aim for the student is to apply the methods of language research, compose a research plan and define the research problems, critically search for and read source literature, compile the research data, analyse the data and draw conclusions, and report the research.
Mode of study: Guided individual work.
Recommended time of study: The fourth and the fifth academic year.

SVKS102 Seminar 5 pts

Aim and content: This course familiarises students with carrying out and reporting a scientific research by participating in group work and thesis seminar in the nature of a conference. The aim of the course is to emphasise how to carry out a research and how to report it.
Mode of study: Guided group work in the seminar.
Recommended time of study: The fourth (and the fifth) academic year.


SVKS110-SVKS116 Subject-Specific Studies 10-25 pts

SVKS110 Research of Phonology in Signed Languages
Aim and content: The aim of the course is to deepen students’ knowledge of the phonological analysis and description of signed languages by examining different theoretical approaches. The modes of description are applied to the data of Finnish Sign Language. Students will learn to know the principal theoretical approaches of phonological description of signed languages and to apply this knowledge to data of Finnish Sign Language.
Mode of study: Literature and a written assignment or a written examination.
Recommended time of study: The fourth academic year.

SVKS111 Research of Morphology in Signed Languages
Aim and content: Students deepen their knowledge of the morphological analysis and description of signed languages by examining different theoretical approaches. The modes of description are applied to data of Finnish Sign Language.
Mode of study: Literature and a written assignment or a written examination.
Recommended time of study: The fourth academic year.

SVKS112 Research of Syntax in Signed Languages
Aim and content: The aim of the course is to deepen students’ knowledge of the syntactic analysis and description of signed languages by examining different theoretical approaches. The modes of description are applied to Finnish Sign Language data.
Mode of study: Literature and a written assignment or a written examination.
Recommended time of study: The fourth academic year.

SVKS113 Research of Semantics and Pragmatics in Signed Languages
Aim and content: Students deepen their knowledge of the semantic analysis and description of language: how language represents human thinking and conceptual classifications and how meanings are constructed and interpreted. The pragmatics of Finnish Sign Language is discussed more deeply. The goal of the course for students is to learn to know the semantic linguistic analysis and to apply its methods to sign language data. The students will understand language in relation to broader classifications and principles.
Mode of study: Literature and a written assignment or a written examination.
Recommended time of study: The fourth academic year.

SVKS114 Research of Sociolinguistics in Signed Languages
Aim and content: The course aims to deepen students’ knowledge of variation in a signed language and its research from the point of view of sociolinguistics, language contacts and language change. As a result, students will become familiar with the variation of language and its research as well as know how to apply this knowledge to the sign language data from the perspective of Finnish Sign Language community.
Mode of study: Literature and a written assignment or a written examination.
Recommended time of study: The fourth academic year.

SVKS115 Research of the Acquisition of Signed Languages
Aim and content: Students deepen their knowledge of spoken and signed language acquisition and the research of acquisition by familiarising themselves with different theoretical approaches. The goal for the students is to know the mechanisms of language acquisition, essential research movements, as well as to apply this knowledge to the research of Finnish Sign Language acquisition.
Mode of study: Literature and a written assignment or a written examination.
Recommended time of study: The fourth academic year.

SVKS116 Research of Psycholinguistics in Signed Languages
Aim and content: The course focuses on the connection between language and thinking as well as on language processing and disorders related to it, particularly from the viewpoint of a signed language. Furthermore, research methods of psycholinguistics are dealt with. The aim for students is to understand the language processing mechanisms and disorders related to them, and to become capable of applying the research methods of psycholinguistics to Finnish Sign Language.
Mode of study: Literature and a written assignment or a written examination.
Recommended time of study: The fourth academic year.

SVKS117 Research Methods of Signed Languages (Theory and Method Studies)
Aim and content: The course takes a critical look at the methods of language research especially from the perspective of sign languages. The goal is to guide students to evaluate the methods used in a research, compare different approaches and apply the knowledge of methods to their own research.
Mode of study: Practicum-style group work and individual work.
Recommended time of study: The fourth academic year.