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LN2008: LANGUAGE IN SOCIETY (2017-2018)

Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

Language is central to our humanity. Language and society are inextricably linked. Language unites; language divides. This course will develop your understanding of the social nature of language, providing insight into, among other things, the relationship between gender and language, language death and the art of persuasion.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Robert Millar

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

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

  • Either LN1003 English Structure and Use (Passed) or LN1501 Communication and Language in Contemporary Society (Passed)
  • 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

Language is central to our nature as social beings. Language can be both inclusive and exclusive. This course sets out to provide greater insight into the social use of language, investigating the relationship of language and class, gender and ethnicity; multilingualism and monolingualism; language planning, language maintenance and language death; and the political power of language, among other matters.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Language & Linguistics Joint
  • MA Language & Linguistics

Contact Teaching Time

33 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt
  • Two 2000-word essays or reports (80%)
  • Group project (10%)
  • Tutorial assessment mark (10%)
  • 2-hour examination (100%)

Formative Assessment



Summative feedback will be given through comments provided by the tutor with the graded essay and through reports associated with both the group project and, more generally, the Tutorial Assessment Mark. The feedback involved in all these assessments will also contain a formative element.

Formative feedback will also be provided through in-class discussion and individual consultation with tutors, both in the classroom context and during tutors' weekly office hours.

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