SPAN-396 Spanish Sociolinguistics
Spring for 2013-2014
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. The course fulfills a social science requirement for SFS CULP majors.
In Spring 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).
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.
The seminar attracts a diverse group of Spanish-speaking students from many majors and concentrations. No background in sociolinguistics is necessary.
Readings, movies and television programs assigned for the course are all posted on Blackboard.
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Spring '14: Moreno, M (description, file download)
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