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Bilingualism in Society

  • 7.5 credits

The course highlights aspects of bi- and multilingualism in the era of globalization. It examines the relationship between language and society, in particular the ways in which multilingual practices are used toconstruct social categories such as class, 'race', ethnicity and gender, and thus create, maintain or challengepersistent forms of inequality.

The aim of the course is to explore the theoretical and methodological frameworks that position language as aform of practice through which social relations, cultural forms, ideologies, hierarchies, and identities areconstructed.

After a completed course the student will:

  • know and be able to use sociolinguistic terminology and methods relevant to research on bilingualism.
  • be able to apply a holistic view on different societal aspects of bilingualism and relate these in a theoretically informed way.
  • analyze specific societal issues regarding bilingualism with the use of applicable terminology, methods and theories.
  • discuss and find solutions to problems of language politics in regard to bilingualism.
  • in a theoretically and methodologically informed way plan, carry out and present a small sociolinguistic study relevant to the field of bilingualism.
  • assess current scientific constructs in a critical way and in a creative manner apply new scientific approaches to bilingualism in society.