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Undergraduate Course: Catalan Sociolinguistics (ELCH10078)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryFrom an interdisciplinary perspective, this course offers an introduction to the socio-political situation of the Catalan language in the different geographical areas in which is spoken: Catalonia, the Valencian Country, the so-called Balearic Isles, Andorra, Northern Catalonia (in Southern France) and l'Alguer/Alghero (In Sardinia). We will examine its present status in bilingual and multilingual landscapes as well as its potential future in these areas.
Course description This course offers an introduction to the theoretical framework of sociolinguistics and an assessment of the social context of the Catalan language.

From a social perspective, the course aims to introduce students to the historical background and the current situation of the Catalan language in the different territories in which it is spoken, relying on existing empirical studies. Students will also learn to apply the methodology deployed in the abovementioned studies. Finally, the different language policies that are applied in the Catalan speaking territories will be scrutinised in depth.

The theoretical classes will concentrate on the explanation, commentary and active debate on sociolinguistic approaches, which will allow students to establish a sound knowledge of the subject and guide them to complete the subsequent activities and exercises. These classes will also provide the bases and strategies for future analysis and research. The practical classes will cover the revision and comment of the exercises, leading to discussions about the socio-political situation of the Catalan language.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Textbooks and/or ebooks, c. £20 - 25.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  18
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Research Report 45% (1000 words)

Sociolinguistics Video Assessment 35% (10 minutes)

Linguistic Landscapes (group project) 20%

Formative: Analysis of videos / poster for language campaigns to promote the use of Catalan.
Feedback Students will be given oral feedback every week during discussions / class activities to help them analyse sociolinguistic topics.

Students will be given detailed written feedback for their research report, video assessment and linguistic landscape project.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Comprehend the fundamental questions that drive research in Catalan sociolinguistics concerning language choice, language attrition, language attitudes, language-in-education policies, linguistic ideology and language planning.
  2. Appraise a variety of source materials in the core areas of sociolinguistic theory, through the comprehension and analysis of a wide range of communicative contexts and discursive modes within the Catalan-speaking territories.
  3. Demonstrate communication, presentation and interaction skills across a wide range of media and circumstances, both formal and informal, for lay and specialised audiences.
  4. Produce assignments which develop arguments both critically and systematically with the use of relevant emphases, subsidiary points, and examples.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Be sensitive to and understand the diversity in people from different communities, genders and backgrounds.
Communicate complex ideas and arguments in oral and written form.
Think independently and come up with their own lines of arguments.
Conduct research and enquiry into specific areas of knowledge.
Course organiserMiss Roser Vich-Gallego
Tel: (0131 6)50 3140
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