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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences : Language Sciences

Undergraduate Course: The Sociolinguistics of Bilingualism (LASC10078)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIt is relatively uncontroversial that there are more bilingual / multilingual speakers than there are monolingual speakers in the world. Likewise, there are more bilingual /multilingual communities than there are monolingual ones. Extrapolating from this, we may safely assume that more conversations are conducted in two or more languages than they are in one language. This course examines issues in bilingualism/multilingualism as a sociolinguistic and interactional phenomena. The course covers topics such as the functional distribution of languages in bilingual/multilingual communities, language choice in bilingual/multilingual conversation, bilingualism/multilingualism in family settings, in educational settings, in workplace settings, etc. A key feature of the course is a clear preference for sociolinguistic and discourse analytic methodologies. Therefore a keen interest in these methodologies is assumed from those who choose to take this course.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: LEL2A: Linguistic Theory and the Structure of English (LASC08017)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites Visiting 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.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 50% coursework and 50% timed exam
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)The Sociolinguistics of Bilingualism2:00
Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, students will be able to:

(a) read and understand critically the literature on relevant aspects of bilingualism
(b) describe patterns of language socialisation in bilingual settings
(c) describe patterns of functional language distribution in bilingual communities
(d) describe patterns and meanings of language choice and code-switching in bilingual conversation
(e) demonstrate familiarity with issues in post-bilingualism situations (e.g. language shift, pidginisation and creolisation)
(f) demonstrate familiarity with potential applications of the sociolinguistic and discourse analytic study of bilingualism/multilingualism (e.g. language policy, language rights, bilingual education, etc.)
(g) demonstrate acquisition of general transferable skills (e.g. critical reading, academic writing, library and / or community-based research)
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Teaching Contact Time: 9 weeks out of 11 at 3 hours/week = 27 hours
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Course organiserDr Joseph Gafaranga
Tel: (0131 6)50 3496
Course secretaryMiss Emma Nelson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870
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