SPAN-396 Spanish Sociolinguistics
Fall for 2015-2016
Spanish Sociolinguistics is a seminar conducted in Spanish that focuses on the dynamic interaction between language, society and identity. We will take a hands-on, discussion-based approach to understanding key sociolinguistic issues that affect our daily lives and shape our immediate surroundings.
Topics covered include: bilingualism, language contact, and language shift in the United States, Spain and Latin America; ethnography of communication among Spanish-speaking communities; endangered languages and language death; political discourse analysis, and more.
In Fall 2014, students will have the option to take on an additional fourth credit, incorporating a Community Based Learning (CBL) project into the seminar’s coursework. CBL students will choose between different projects in the fields of bilingual education (GU DC Schools Project), advocacy (NGO Carecen, or GU Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor & the Working Poor's Day Laborer Exchange program) or policy-making (DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs) .
The seminar attracts a diverse group of Spanish-speaking students from many majors and concentrations. No background in sociolinguistics is necessary. This class fulfills the Social Science requirement for CULP majors.
Readings, movies and television programs assigned for the course are all posted on Blackboard.
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