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2015/16 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL2024 Language in Society

20 creditsClass Size: 90

For full module descriptions of our level 2 and 3 undergraduate modules (including details of preparatory reading, texts for purchase and required unassessed work) please see the Undergraduate Module Handbook in the English Organisation on the VLE.

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Module manager: Dr Julia Snell
Email: j.snell@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2015/16

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students wishing to take this module must have passed an introduction to language study in the School of English or another department (such modules include ‘English Structure and Style’, ‘Analysing English’, ‘English: Context, Culture & Style’, a Level 1 module in Linguistics and Phonetics, or similar modules in other departments in Modern Languages.) If you do not meet this requirement, but do have a Grade A in English Language A-level, and you wish to take this module, you must consult the module tutor, as should any student who is uncertain whether they meet the pre-requisite requirements.

Please note: This module is restricted to Level 2 and 3 students. Enrolment priority will be given to Level 2 students for a restricted period (as detailed in the School’s Module Handbook).

This module is mutually exclusive with

LING2350Language, Society and Discourse
LING3120Sociolinguistics

Module replaces

ENGL2022 English in Time and Space

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

In this module students will engage critically with topics, theories and research methodologies in the field of sociolinguistics, which is concerned with the complex relationship between language and society. Focusing on language in its social context, we will ask about linguistic variation (how small scale patterns of language use correlate with social categories such as class, gender and age) and the role of language in social life (including its relationships to power, national identity and ideology).

Objectives

On completion of this module students should have acquired knowledge of the key terms and central concepts of the discipline (e.g. idiolect, dialect, sociolect, Standard English, non-Standard varieties of English, code-switching, accommodation) and, building on level 1 descriptive levels of language, be able to describe language and linguistic processes in society using accurate lexical, grammatical, phonetic and morphological terms.
Students should also have good knowledge and understanding of theoretical and empirical studies in sociolinguistics and be able to assess their importance and apply their knowledge in the critical discussion of current linguistic issues in society.

Learning outcomes
Students will have developed:
- the ability to use written communication effectively
- the capacity to accurately describe, analyse, and critically examine language in its social setting
- the ability to locate and engage with appropriate theoretical and empirical studies in sociolinguistics and to assess the importance of this work within their own analysis of data
- Research skills - independent thought and judgement in relation to selection and synthesis of ideas
- critical reasoning
- IT skills
- efficient time management and organisation skills


Syllabus

In this module students will engage critically with topics, theories and research methodologies in the field of sociolinguistics, which is concerned with the complex relationship between language and society. Focusing on language in its social context, we will ask about linguistic variation (how small scale patterns of language use correlate with social categories such as class, gender and age) and the role of language in social life (including its relationships to power, national identity and ideology).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture181.0018.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours172.00
Total Contact hours28.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Reading and research using module reading list, lecture follow-up, seminar preparation, and wider reading and research within and beyond the module description.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contribution to seminars.
Submission of assessed work.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,000-word essay50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 22/04/2015

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