EKIS574 Language as Cultural Practice (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



This course explores the relationship between language and cultural practices. The role of language in people’s lives cannot be understood without the study of the ways in which words, grammatical structures and discourse patterns are embedded in social and cultural activities such as greeting, giving directions, telling stories, agreeing and disagreeing, playing, arguing, performing, learning or engaging in political debates. This course introduces theoretical perspectives, methods and analytic tools for studying how such activities are accomplished and organized in different cultural settings.

Completion methods

Contact teaching, assignments, group work, project work

Assessment details

- preparation for classes and active participation in class discussion
- active contribution to group work
- ability to complete coursework in the given time frame
- quality of oral and written coursework output
- ability to critically reflect on and apply the content provided in the course

Learning outcomes

After completing the course students will be able to
- identify and critically discuss key approaches to the study of language and culture, including linguistic anthropology, language socialization and ethnography
- describe cultural activities at the level of linguistic and other semiotic resources, structures of discourse/interaction and overall organizational patterns
- analyse the relationship between language, social and cultural practices, identities, norms and ideologies using the tools and methods applied on the course.

Description of prerequisites

The students participating in contact teaching are expected to attend all classes. If you are unable to attend due to illness or other acceptable reason, please let the teacher know in advance.

Study materials

Lecture materials and list of required and recommended readings are provided in Optima.

Completion methods

Method 1

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