Sociolinguistics: Advanced Seminar in Language and Society

Course NameSociolinguistics: Advanced Seminar in Language and Society
Course CodeCOM381 / COM581
DescriptionThe course introduces students to language in its social context and to theories through which to study the interrelationship of language and society. It examines interpretations of sociolinguistic factors (such as class, gender, ethnicity, ideology, et al.) exemplified by selected case studies, seminal research and the research methods applied in the studies. It leads students to analyzing sociolinguistic situations at large and in our daily lives, identifying relevant factors determining the actual language usage, assessing comparable situations opened to investigation and applying findings to the analyses in students’ own research.
The main topics include:
– Societies and communities,
– Individuals, identities and social networks,
– Language change and its social context,
– Multilingual societies and language diversity,
– Mobility and codeswitching,
– Standard culture and discrimination,
– Language profiling,
– Linguistic landscapes in social contexts.
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
– Analyze situations, problems and conflicts related to the course topics;
– Identify factors relevant to sociolinguistic investigation;
– Collect and analyze primary data;
– Understand and apply qualitative research methods, i.e., structured interviews, participant observation, group surveys, questionnaires et al.;
– Design a relevant investigation strategy investigation.
SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences
LevelBachelor / Master
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS