HENKF2101U English - Free topic A: The sociolinguistics of English in Denmark
English has no official status in Denmark, but it is nevertheless an all-pervasive aspect of the sociolinguistic landscape of Danish society. In this module we will explore the role of English in Denmark from a range of sociolinguistic perspectives and in a range of societal domains, treating Denmark as a case for the study of what has been referred to as the sociolinguistics of globalization.
Central areas to be explored include:
English in popular culture
English in the media (including the role of translation in news production)
English in education (from primary school to higher education)
English in the workplace
English in social media
English in youth culture
English in the family
English in advertising
English in politics
English in the health care system
Despite what this list might imply, English will not be studied in isolation, but approached as part of a complex contemporary sociolinguistic landscape in which Danish and other languages also have important roles to play. This means that beyond texts in English, students will also be introduced to analytical examples – and occasionally course readings – in other languages than English. However, competences in other languages than English are not required in order to pass the module.
The module introduces students to a range of sociolinguistic disciplines and methodologies relevant for the study of the overall topic. Key theoretical concepts include language and globalization, language and identity, language ideologies, language policy, sociolinguistic change, style, mediatization and linguistic commodification.
This is a compendium and textbook-free module. All readings used are available online (for free) through the university library. A detailed course plan including readings for each week will be made available via Absalon at least four weeks before the course begins. Students are responsible for getting hold of the material listed in the course plan and reading it in advance of each session. Suggestions for textbooks and other forms of supplementary will be provided on request.
The module is designed to be highly interactive, based on a mix of teacher-led discussions, data sessions and student presentations. Towards the end of the module, students will conduct an individual small-scale project based on empirical data collection and analysis using methods introduced in the course.
- Class Instruction
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Portfolio, A joint portfolio uploaded in digital exam: Deadline June 9th 2021- one 5-page essay in course week 5 (counts 25% of final grade) with peer feedback
- one 5-page essay in course week 9 (counts 25% of final grade) with peer feedback
- one 11-15 page project assignment to be submitted with final portfolio (counts 50% of final grade). The project assignment has to be based on empirical data collection and analysis using methods introduced in the course. The topic for this assignment can be chosen among the course topics and has to be approved by the teachers in course week 12 at the latest.
- Exam registration requirements
This course only leads to exams Free Topic 1, Free Topic 2 and Free Topic 3.