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Languages, Cultures and Societies

Subject Benchmark Statement

Subject Benchmark Statements describe the nature of study and the academic standards expected of graduates in specific subject areas. They show what graduates might reasonably be expected to know, do and understand at the end of their studies.

Below you will find the full Subject Benchmark Statement for Languages, Cultures and Societies. Alongside it, we have also published a summary designed to provide a short and accessible overview of the main Statement for students, employers and academics.

Subject Benchmark Statement: Languages, Cultures and Societies

Publication date: 08 Mar 2023

Subject Benchmark Statement: Languages, Cultures and Societies - the basics

Publication date: 08 Mar 2023

About this subject


Languages, Cultures and Societies courses share as core features the attainment of communicative proficiency in a language, and the study of aspects of linguistics, cultures and societies, from a broad range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. They may be focused on one or more human languages - past and present - from those with millions of speakers to regional, indigenous and/or minoritised languages.

Graduates are equipped with the practical, analytical and communicative skills relevant for a diverse, globalised and interdependent world in which the ability to understand, engage with and mediate between languages, cultures and societies is crucial. They find employment in a wide variety of sectors including public policy and the civil service; charities and non-governmental organisations; marketing and public relations; translation and interpreting; audit and consultancy; and business and commerce.

Professor Nigel Harkness - Chair of the Advisory Board
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Humanities and Social Sciences, Newcastle University

Professor Ed Welch - Deputy Chair of the Advisory Board
Carnegie Professor of French, University of Aberdeen

This new Statement, co-created by an Advisory Group which represents the richness and diversity of our disciplinary field, reflects our commitment to placing EDI, access, employability and sustainability at the heart of degrees in Languages, Cultures and Societies. The aim is to produce outstanding graduates with the skills to thrive in a globalised world.

We hope the revised Subject Benchmark Statement will be a valuable resource for a variety of audiences, and that it will support future programme enhancement and innovation across our family of disciplines.

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