Undergraduate Course: Language, Politics and Identity (LASC10076)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course offers a wide-ranging survey of the ways in which language functions politically, i.e. with regard to differences in power, including in the construction of social and individual identity. It will examine not simply the political and identity-related use of language, but how the very structure of languages themselves has been shaped by these functions and forces. The emphasis will be on English, but within a strongly comparative framework. This has been a growing area within linguistics and English studies over recent decades, and the issues are briefly introduced at sub-Honours level, yet have not been adequately covered in our honours programme, where, apart from the dedicated segment in the Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching course, it is barely touched upon in sociolinguistics courses.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
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Information for Visiting Students
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| Students who complete the course successfully will in the first instance:
Gain knowledge of the key literature relating to language and identity, the politics of language and the language of politics.
Acquire a solid and nuanced understanding of key concepts, methods and theories in contemporary work in these areas.
Be able to apply these concepts, methods and theories in original research on issues regarding language, politics and identity, in a way that sheds critical light back upon the concepts, methods and theories themselves.
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Thursdays - Room F21, 7 George Square
Fridays - Faculty Room South, David Hume Tower
|Course organiser||Prof John Joseph
Tel: (0131 6)50 3497
|Course secretary||Ms Stephanie Fong
Tel: (0131 6)50 3961