Language, Brain and Behaviour
This study theme is for those who are interested in psychology and language, and in developing your understanding of how these shape behaviour, identity, culture, and wellbeing of both individuals and communities. There is also an emphasis on analysis of linguistic data.
You will benefit from our research strength at UC in this area, in particular with Te Kāhui Roro Reo | New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour.
- This is the only Bachelor of Arts in Aotearoa offering a specialisation in Language, Brain and Behaviour.
- UC is ranked 92nd in the world for Linguistics and in the top 250 universities in the world for Psychology (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021).
- You'll benefit from UC's Te Kāhui Roro Reo | New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour, a multi-disciplinary centre dedicated to the study of human language.
- UC has nationally and internationally recognised postgraduate programmes in Applied Psychology, Child and Family Psychology, and Clinical Psychology (leading to professional registration as a psychologist), as well as in Speech and Language Pathology.
- UC houses modern computer-based laboratories, an extensive library of psychological tests, and laboratories for tests such as human performance, human-robot interaction, animal behaviour and neuroscience, and applied psychology.
Language, Brain and Behaviour specialisation
UC offers a specialisation in Language, Brain and Behaviour within the Bachelor of Arts. Specialisations group courses from different subjects into a central theme.
Throughout study you will explore neuropsychology, language learning, and cultural development and communication of language. In the final year, you will carry out your own research project relevant to your specific interests.
You are also encouraged to take a minor in a language to study alongside this specialisation. UC offers language studies in:
See the subject pages for the minor requirements.
The following courses are required throughout your degree:
- LING 101 The English Language
- PSYC 105 Introductory Psychology - Brain, Behaviour and Cognition
- PSYC 106 Introductory Psychology - Social, Personality and Development
These introductory courses are also recommended for your first year.
Plus at least two courses chosen from the following subjects:
- Human Services
- Media and Communication
- Political Science and International Relations
PSYC 333 Biological Psychology is a recommended option.
Plus at least 30 points of courses chosen from the following subjects:
This specialisation will be of value to anyone wishing to continue on to areas such as language research, linguistics, psychology, language teaching, youth development, communication skills and training, language-related policy development, data analysis and data sciences, language and ageing, language revitalisation, or development of language technologies.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
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