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Undergraduate Course: LEL2C: English in Time and Space (LASC08019)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides students with a detailed introduction to variation in English over time and across geographical space.
Course description This course deals with aspects of the historical development of English and Scots, from their origins up to and including their present-day varieties. Students will explore the languages of early Britain, and examine the social and structural development of English and Scots through to the 21st century, including the spread of English across the world. Students will also be introduced to more general principles of historical linguistics, dialectology and sociolinguistics as they apply to varieties of English.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Linguistics and English Language 1A (LASC08022) AND Linguistics and English Language 1B (LASC08023)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have completed at least 1 introductory level Language Science course at grade B or above for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses. Relevant courses will be courses in Linguistics as an academic discipline. Courses that describe aspects of a given language as part of a Modern Foreign Languages degree will typically not provide students with an adequate background.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  121
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 153 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework worth 50%
Exam worth 50%

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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)LEL2C: English in Time and Space (LASC08919)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe some of the features of earlier English and describe some of the features of global varieties of contemporary English.
  2. Discuss the function of English in different communities at different points in time
  3. Understand some of the basic principles of historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and dialectology
  4. Apply some of these principles in order to analyse data from varieties of English.
  5. Analyse texts (written and spoken) from different periods of English and analyse texts (written and spoken) produced by users of English in communities across the modern World.
Reading List
Baugh, Albert C and Thomas Cable (2005) A history of the English language [e-book]. Fifth edition. London : Taylor & Francis e-Library.

Hogg, R. M., & Denison, D. (Eds.). (2006). A history of the English language. [e-book] Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Mugglestone, Lynda ed. (2012) The Oxford History of English. [e-book] Oxford: OUP

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The course aims to explore historical linguistics and developments in the English language. Within tutorials students will continue developing their groupwork skills to understand texts and data. For the tutorial preparation, students will continue developing their reading skills, breaking down arguments or data and critically analysing it. For the assessment quizzes students will need to prepare and apply their knowledge of the material to answer them. For the other assessments, students will continue developing clear written communication, presenting arguments clearly and concisely. For the final exam, students will need to develop their planning and time management skills in order to complete the assessment within the time limit.

Core skills gained on this course:
Critical analysis, considering alternative perspectives, being open-minded, collaboration/group work, clear written communication. presenting arguments clearly, resilience, planning and organisation, time management, data analysis, challenging biases.
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Course organiserDr Claire Cowie
Tel: (0131 6)50 8392
Course secretaryMiss Kayla Johnson-McCraw
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440
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