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Elective: Languages and Cultures in Contact

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2014-2015

Admission requirements

This course is open for students of BA International Studies only. The number of participants is limited to 25.

Description

This course examines languages and cultures in contact and considers how people use language(s) to identify with or differentiate themselves from others, particularly in multicultural settings. Students will learn about the sociolinguistic situation in their area of specialization while gaining hands-on experience using sociolinguistic and anthropological research methods. Some of the topics we will cover include the sociohistorical contexts and linguistic outcomes of language contact, the globalization of English and its impact on cultural and linguistic diversity in the world, pidgin and creole languages, endangered languages, and immigrant languages in Europe and North America. The skills and theories that students learn in this class will be used to explore instances of language contact in The Hague, Netherlands and surrounding cities.

Course objectives

The elective courses for International Studies are designed to teach students how to deal with state-of-the-art literature and research questions. They are chosen to enhance the students’ learning experience by building on the interdisciplinary perspectives they have developed so far, and to introduce them to the art of academic research. They are characterised by an international or comparative approach.

Academic skills that are trained include:

Oral presentation skills:
1. to explain clear and substantiated research results;
2. to provide an answer to questions concerning (a subject) in the field covered by the course
a. in the form of a clear and well-structured oral presentation;
b. in agreement with the appropriate disciplinary criteria;
c. using up-to-date presentation techniques;
d. aimed at a specific audience;
3. to actively participate in a discussion following the presentation.

Collaboration skills:
1. to be socio-communicative in collaborative situations;
2. to provide and receive constructive criticism, and incorporate justified criticism by revising one’s own position;
3. adhere to agreed schedules and priorities.

Basic research skills, including heuristic skills:
1. to collect and select academic literature using traditional and digital methods and techniques;
2. to analyze and assess this literature with regard to quality and reliability;
3. to formulate on this basis a sound research question;
4. to design under supervision a research plan of limited scope, and implement it using the methods and techniques that are appropriate within the discipline involved;
5. to formulate a substantiated conclusion.

Written presentation skills:
1. to explain clear and substantiated research results;
2. to provide an answer to questions concerning (a subject) in the field covered by the course
a. in the form of a clear and well-structured oral presentation;
b. in agreement with the appropriate disciplinary criteria;
c. using relevant illustration or multimedia techniques;
d. aimed at a specific audience.

Timetable

The timetable will be available on the BA International Studies website this autumn.

Mode of instruction

Weekly seminars and supervised research.

Course Load

Total course load for the course 10 EC x 28 hours = 280.

Lectures: 2 hours per week x 12 weeks = 24 hours
Reading: 40-45 pages per week (approximately 7 pages per hour) = 76 hours
Assignments (including time for reading and research): = 80 Hours
Research Paper (4,000-6,000 words including time for reading and research) = 100 hours

Assessment method

Assessment and grading method (in percentages):.
Critical reflection essay 10%
Article explanation and discussion 15%
Sociolinguistic profile of country or ethnographic community survey 15%
Research Paper 50%
In-class assignments 10%

The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average.

Note: The maximum possible grade to be obtained for re-submission of the final essay is a 6.0

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used. For tutorial groups: please enroll in blackboard after your enrollment in uSis
Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

W.C. Booth, G.G. Colomb, J.W. Williams, The Craft of Research, 3rd edition, Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 2008.
All class readings are accessible via the Leiden University Library website. Other material will be available on Blackboard.

Registration

Students are requested to register through uSis, the registration system of Leiden University for this course.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.

Contact

Dr. S. Moody, email s.moody@hum.leidenuniv.nl