This module will give students an in-depth introduction to the ways in which language issues may become factors in situations of discrimination. Students will be shown that linguistic features may become involved in either side of a discriminatory situation, being used either to support or subvert systems of discrimination. Students will be guided in discussions which explore how language and discrimination can be linked in both familiar and unfamiliar cultural scenarios, making use of real world examples.
In this module, students will learn to:
This module will be capped at 35.
Students must have successfully completed one of the following:
Information for visiting students: The teaching of this module assumes that students will have foundational knowledge of linguistic theory, and a comfortable understanding of the common concepts and terminology of linguistic study. A basic understanding of sociolinguistics, in particular the ways in which language can interact with social systems, is a bonus.
You will attend one hour of lecture and two hours of seminar each week.
This module will consist of some lecture content, and some seminar-style discussion sessions. Whenever possible, students will be split into small groups to discuss course content, which will then be brought back into the larger group discussion.
The module will be largely modelled around guided discussion of the key issues and concepts, by which students will receive regular feedback on their developing understanding of the course content. Students will receive written feedback on an essay proposal by the end of week 8, which will give them individual guidance on the progress of their final essay.
All modules provide an opportunity to work on general oral/written communication skills (in class and in assessments) and general self management (organising your studies), alongside the specific skills in language or linguistics that the module teaches.
In addition, this module will allow you to particularly develop skills in written communication and social and intercultural awareness. The module is assessed by means of an essay which you will develop over the course of the module. Through this project you will gain skills in communicating appropriate evidence and argumentation in defence of your own hypothesis. The ability to write clearly and persuasively will give you an advantage in any workplace setting. The module will also explore social perceptions of language use, and you will learn how to think critically and objectively about how a variety of linguistic phenomena may become involved in issues of discrimination. You will gain a sensitivity to concealed social cues which will put you at an advantage in your future work.
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Language and discrimination
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