The module introduces and explores basic concepts in sociolinguistics, i.e. the relationships between language and human society over time and space. The module enables you to select and specialise in an area of particular interest to you. Case studies are drawn mainly from English (as this has been the focus of much research), but all sessions make reference to other contexts and you are encouraged to draw on your own knowledge and experience.
The module is delivered via tutor-led input followed by interactive seminar workshops which include opportunities for group discussion. You are expected to prepare fully for sessions via guided preparatory reading and/or watching as well as short interactive tasks. Sessions include student-led presentations of relevant research and case studies. Sessions also include critical discussion of sample student essays.
Two additional individual tutorials will support you with selecting topics and planning for your summative assessed essay. The tutorials also provide opportunities to enable you to discuss your work and your progress with the Module tutor.
You are welcome to contact your tutor by email at any point in the working week, and I will be available for short informal consultations before/after sessions on Thursdays and for pre-booked additional tutorial sessions on Thursday afternoons.
Module materials are available on Moodle. PowerPoints for taught sessions will normally be available on Thursdays before the sessions.