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Modules

Modules

LAS4005 : Multilingualism and Society in Latin America

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To develop systematic knowledge of Latin America as a multilingual region

To develop critical insights into the role that language diversity plays in Latin American cultural,
social and political life

To introduce appropriate theoretical approaches to the study of language in society

To introduce appropriate theoretical approaches to the study of language as a cultural phenomenon

To further understanding of the roles of race, gender and ethnicity in shaping Latin American society,
from the perspective of linguistic diversity

To further develop skills of argumentation and presentation, in speaking and writing

To become familiarised with a broad range of bibliographic and on-line sources for the achievement of
these aims

Outline Of Syllabus

Using a combination of sociolinguistic and anthropological approaches, the module examines cultural diversity in contemporary Latin America with special focus on the role of language. We explore multilingualism as a cultural and social phenomenon, as it affects the lives of individuals, on the one hand, and the relationship between State and society, on the other hand. Contact between Spanish and Portuguese and Amerindian languages (eg.Quechua, Aymara, Guaraní, Nahuatl) arising in colonial and postcolonial settings, produces hybrid forms of language that express mixed cultural identities and history. Furthermore, indigenous movements, non-governmental organisations, and government ministries, all have a stake in how multilingualism is managed: language policy underpins political agendas and education programmes, for example. Pulling these perspectives together, we note that people’s attitudes towards language and identity at the grassroots, and state-led strategies for managing multilingualism, are often at odds. Theories of the relationship between language,identity, culture, politics, and society, will be related to Latin American cases of language contact, co-existence and conflict.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture141:0014:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00Student Led Group Work
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Essay Preparation Advice
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1641:00164:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The mix of lecture, seminar and workshop will allow for imparting of key information, learning of critical analytical skills through textual study and application of knowledge through guided research to be presented as group work in class workshops.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M80The essay should be of 3000 words in length including quotations and notes (but excluding bibliography) to be submitted.
Prof skill assessmnt1M201 research task on a choice of key concepts in sociolinguist This commentary should be of 1000 words in length *continued below*
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The commentary gives students the opportunity to engage with key theoretical aspects of the module content and get early feedback on written work.

The assessed essay provides opportunity for students to engage with the course material and to study other literature on the subject. It also gives them the chance to demonstrate understanding of sociolinguistic and social science concepts and the ability to structure an argument in writing.

*Continued from above* and be drawn from a selection of recommended sources.

Reading Lists

Timetable