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Course Overview

The course will introduce core concepts in language planning and policy, and will critically examine theories relating to language shift and to methods of reversing language shift.

The course will analyse the impact of language policy on the insular Celtic languages, with particular reference to Welsh, Irish and Scottish Gaelic, and it will critically assess contemporary measures taken to address the decline of these languages. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No

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

  • One of Gaelic (GH) (Studied) or MA Languages and Literature of Scotland (Studied) or MA Scottish Studies (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course is designed to give students a grounding in the theory and implementation of language policy and planning in the insular Celtic language polities and jurisdictions. The course focuses on the application of knowledge to contemporary language situations through empirical study of Irish, Welsh, Gaelic, Cornish and Manx in their national contexts.

It aims to provide students with the tools to engage in research on language planning and policy and to apply this knowledge in practice. It foregrounds the importance of the notion of 'linguistic human rights' in relation to language policy and planning.

Level 4 students are expected to carry out a much broader range of reading and to do more self-directed learning and to be able to bring this to bear on their arguments both in class and in written work. They are expected to be able to synthesise their knowledge and experience from earlier Honours courses (which they can necessarily only have if they have already done Level 3) with the new material.

Further Information & Notes

This course may not be included as part of a graduating curriculum with its counterpart in the other half of Honours.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%): student presentation (20%), seminar participation (10%) and essay of 3,000 - 3,500 words (70%) Resit: Level 3 only: 1 two hour examination.

Formative Assessment

Students are given formative assessment each week in class.


Feedback is given verbally in class to give students an indication of their progress. Written feedback is generated for both the presentation and the essay.

Course Learning Outcomes


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