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Undergraduate Course: Sociolinguistics (LASC10002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLanguage Sciences Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionBuilding on introductory work in sociolinguistics in pre-Honours courses, this course focuses on developing practical, hands-on skills for analysing variation in language use. Participants in this course will deepen their own experience as researchers through the development of a corpus-based analysis of linguistic variation that they will complete for their final project. In addition, the course explores aspects of theories of sociolinguistic in more detail, such as:

- change over time in a community,
- change across an individual's lifespan,
- variation due to context and audience,
- variation due to social identity and social meaning.

There is an emphasis on collaborative learning strategies in this course. Students are expected to participate fully in discussions in class and to present new material. Lectures are supplemented with in-class exercises and discussions, and course participants are encouraged to work on their final project in a small group. Readings, lectures and in-class exercises are supported by two, non-marked writing exercises in which students are encouraged to relate academic work to their direct observations and experiences in the world.

The empirical foundation laid down in LEL2B or Linguistics 2B is essential preparation for this course (see Course Prerequisites).

Assessment is by combination of a take-home exam and a final project.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: LEL2B: Phonetic Analysis and Empirical Methods (LASC08018)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Sociolinguistics of Modern Scots (LASC10016)
Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.

Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  24
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information Teaching Contact Time: 9 weeks out of 11 at 3 hours/week = 27 hours
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 27, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 169 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, all participants will be able to:
- analyse and interpret primary data
- critically evaluate the reasoning behind data interpretation
- critically evaluate the rationale for using qualitative or quantitative methods in analysing data
- identify the major sociolinguistic issues addressed in a given study of language attitudes or language use
- report on their own research showing a synthesis of the above
- relate academic sociolinguistic research to their own experiences
- provide and ask for peer-support, e.g. in data collection, tutoring.

In addition, students may have developed skills in:
- face-to-face interviewing
- quantitative analysis of data using Excel and/or SPSS! survey design
- fieldwork in the wider community
Assessment Information
Assessment is by: take-home exam (40%) and final project(60%).
Special Arrangements
In order for a student to be enrolled, you must contact the course secretary as places are limited to 26.
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Study Pattern Teaching Contact Time: 9 weeks out of 11 at 3 hours/week = 27 hours
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Course organiserDr Lauren Hall-Lew
Tel: (0131 6)51 1836
Course secretaryMs Francesca Anderson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3961
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