Language Policy and Planning in Scotland GAELIC4040

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will explore the theory and practice of language policy and planning, from the perspective of recent attempts to revitalise the Gaelic and Scots languages in Scotland. Three main topics will be covered - language shift; status planning (including acquisition planning and usage planning); and corpus planning (including standardisation and modernisation) - and the Scottish context will be compared and contrasted with the situation of other European minoritised and minor national languages.

Timetable

Two one-hour classes each week, over ten weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in Gaelic and may not run every year. Options running this year are available on MyCampus

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into Gaelic, Celtic Studies, Celtic Civilisation, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes.

Excluded Courses

none

Co-requisites

none

Assessment

Examination (120 minutes duration)-50%

Essay (2000 words)-25%

Seminar presentation of 10 minutes accompanied by 800 word paper or powerpoint slides-20%

Preparation for and participation in classes-5%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course provides the opportunity to:

■ examine the importance of the role that language (and ideologies of language) has to play in the formation of personal, ethnic and national identities;

■ study the sociological, psychological, economic and political causes of language shift, as well as the diverse motivations for reversing (or alternatively encouraging) this process;

■ examine the Scottish Context - the historical and recent developments in the sociolinguistic situation of Gaelic and Scots in Scotland;

■ introduce students to the concepts, approaches and methods underlying language "status" planning, including "acquisition" planning and "usage" planning, with concrete examples from the Scottish context;

■ introduce students to the concepts, ideologies and methods underling language "corpus" planning, including language standardisation and modernisation, again with concrete examples from the Scottish context;

■ present recent developments in Gaelic and Scots language planning in the context of international efforts to protect and revitalise geopolitically challenged languages

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Assess the role of language in the formation of personal, ethnic and national identities;

■ Outline the sociological, psychological, economic and political causes of language shift, and critically assess the arguements for and against reversing the process, in the context of the chaanging sociolinguistic situations of Gaelic and Scots in Scotland

■ Explain and evaluate the basic concepts, approaches and methods unerlying language "status" planning (including acquisition planning and usage planning);

■ Explain and evaluate the concepts, ideologies and methods underlying language "corpus" planning (including language standardisation and modernisation);

■ Assess the current state of Gaelic and Scots language planning in the context of international best practice.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.