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LN1505: LIVING LANGUAGE (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:31


Course Overview

How does the way we use language shape our lives, and how does the way we live shape the language we use? Moving beyond strict notions of structure, this course explores communication in practice, examining how language works in various contexts and cultures. It addresses contemporary social issues that are principally or partly communicative in nature, challenging common misconceptions and giving students an understanding of the contribution awareness of language can make to numerous fields.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Rowan Mackay
  • Dr Tania Fahey Palma

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

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2
  • Any Undergraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

In this course 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 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 fields. Students will gain skills from discourse and pragmatics, the study of language in use, to allow them to undertake their own analysis and discussion of numerous examples of real-world language data. They will come away from the course with an understanding of how principles from linguistics can be applied in all areas of life.


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 26 - 35, 39
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26 - 35, 39

More Information about Week Numbers


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Online Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 29 Feedback Weeks 29

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Feedback

Online test, available for a week, which you have an hour to complete at a time of your choice.

Feedback will be provided automatically upon submission of test.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateBe able to think critically about language in real-world contexts.
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand techniques used in the study of discourse and pragmatics.
FactualUnderstandHave knowledge of the way language is used in a variety of communicative contexts.

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks 37 Feedback Weeks 40

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Feedback

To be submitted at end of teaching.

Feedback within three weeks of submission.

Feedback will be in the form of grader comments, provided through the essay submission platform Turnitin.

Word Count 1500
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralAnalyseBe able to analyse language from a range of sources using techniques from discourse analysis and pragmatics.

Tutorial/Seminar Participation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Assessed acress the weeks the course takes place.

Feedback will be provided orally by tutors during the course, as well as in a final comment at the end of the course.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateBe able to think critically about language in real-world contexts.
FactualUnderstandHave knowledge of the way language is used in a variety of communicative contexts.

Formative Assessment

Online Test

Assessment Type Formative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 33 Feedback Weeks 33

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Feedback

Online test, available for a week, which you have an hour to complete at a time of your choice.

Feedback will be provided automatically upon submission of test.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateBe able to think critically about language in real-world contexts.
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand techniques used in the study of discourse and pragmatics.
FactualUnderstandHave knowledge of the way language is used in a variety of communicative contexts.

Resit Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Feedback will be provided through tutor comments on the online essay submission platform Turnitin.

Word Count 2000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateBe able to think critically about language in real-world contexts.
ProceduralAnalyseBe able to analyse language from a range of sources using techniques from discourse analysis and pragmatics.
FactualUnderstandHave knowledge of the way language is used in a variety of communicative contexts.
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand techniques used in the study of discourse and pragmatics.

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