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Undergraduate Course: Sociolinguistics (LASC10002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offers an introduction to the study of the relationship between language and society: Sociolinguistics. The course will cover topics including language, gender, and sexuality; language, politics, and ideology; language and social identity (age, gender, class, region); language contact; and multilingualism. Students will gain an overview of foundational and contemporary theoretical and methodological developments in the field.
Course description This course introduces students to the study of language in society ¿ Sociolinguistics ¿ by exploring the social and cultural embedding of language. Students will have the opportunity to engage with diverse areas of sociolinguistic inquiry by exploring the social and linguistic constraints of language variation as well as the socio-political implications of language use in society. This will include consideration of how linguistic varieties are used by individuals in everyday life and also how those varieties are perceived by others. Readings will cover key issues and current debates in the field of sociolinguistics such as multilingualism, politeness, identity, code-switching/mixing, translanguaging, and style-shifting.

Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on collaborative learning. You are expected to participate fully in discussions in the class, and occasionally to present material to the class as a whole. Students will be particularly encouraged to apply the course concepts to novel datasets and reflect critically on their own sociolinguistic experiences. The content of this course is intended to provide students with a strong grounding in a research area that complements ¿Language Variation and Change¿ (LASC10102).

Assessment will include a group presentation, a written assignment, and a short research project.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1. Essay (30%) 1500 words
2. Presentation (20%) 10 mins
3. Project (50%) 2000 words
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and describe foundational concepts in sociolinguistics.
  2. Relate sociolinguistic research to their own experiences.
  3. Apply relevant sociolinguistic theories and concepts to novel datasets.
  4. Have an awareness of current issues in sociolinguistics.
  5. Identify the major theoretical issues addressed in a sociolinguistics article.
Reading List
Van Herk, Gerard. 2018. What is Sociolinguistics? 2nd edn. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell. ISBN: 9781118960745.
Jones, R. and Themistocleous, Christiana. 2022. Introducing Language and Society. Cambridge Introductions to Language and Linguistics. Cambridge: CUP. ISBN: 9781108689922.
Holmes, Janet. 2008. An Introduction to Sociolinguistics. 3rd edn. London: Longman. ISBN: 9781405821315.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 10 weeks out of 11 at 3 hours/week = 30 hours
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Course organiserDr Christian Ilbury
Course secretaryMs Susan Hermiston
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440
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