Postgraduate Course: Current Issues in Language Evolution (LASC11073)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will survey the current hot topics and controversial issues in the study of the evolution of language, focussing on the close reading of recent research papers in addition to a selection of "modern classics" in the field.
The course will map out what the key points of debate and active research are and cast a critical eye on the directions the field is taking.
Lectures will primarily be student-led, with a selection of papers being made available in the weeks before the course starts. Students will select those papers to be discussed and each student will give at least one presentation summarising one or more of this selection. The class time will be divided roughly equally between presentation and discussion.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 18,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Assessment 1, mock peer review, 3 pages, 50% (mid semester)
Assessment 2, mock peer review, 3 pages, 50% (end semester)
||Group discussion in every lecture.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- gain an up-to-date interdisciplinary understanding of the field of language evolution
- extract the important points from a research paper and summarise that paper in a presentation
- gain effective skills for debate and discussion of both pros and cons of a particular argument
- gain training in the preparation of peer-review commentary
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Matt Spike
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188