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LN1501: COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY (2017-2018)

Last modified: 04 Jul 2017 11:51


Course Overview

This course will interest anyone wanting to learn about language use. Moving beyond strict notions of structure, it explores communication in practice, examining how language works in different contexts and cultures. We will engage in careful study of various means of communication, from conversations to social networking and advertising, as well as broader questions of social identity factors that influence and interact with language. The course also addresses selected contemporary social issues that are principally or partly communicative in nature, challenging common misconceptions, and giving students an understanding of the contribution that awareness of language can make to numerous disciplines.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Tania Fahey Palma

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EL1515 Communication and Language in Contemporary Society (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

This course will interest anyone wanting to learn about language use. Moving beyond strict notions of structure, it explores communication in practice, examining how language works in different contexts and cultures. We will engage in careful study of various means of communication, from conversations to social networking and advertising, as well as broader questions of social identity factors that influence and interact with language. The course also addresses selected contemporary social issues that are principally or partly communicative in nature, challenging common misconceptions, and giving students an understanding of the contribution that awareness of language can make to numerous disciplines.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Language & Linguistics Joint
  • MA Language & Linguistics

Contact Teaching Time

32 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: One 2,000-2,500 word project or essay (50%); 1 two-hour written examination (40%); Tutorial Assessment (10%).

Resit: Examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

Students will receive formative commentary from tutors in tutorials.

Feedback

Students will be encouraged to discuss this performance with their tutors. All students will receive written feedback on essay performance, again, they will be encouraged to discuss their performance with their tutors.

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