2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Language and Power

Fall and Winter quarters

Faculty: Susan Fiksdal linguistics and languages

Fields of Study: education, gender and women's studies, international studies, language studies, law and public policy, linguistics and writing

Fall: CRN (Credit) Level 10292 (12) Fr; 10294 (12) So - Sr; 10601 (1-16)  

Winter: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 20207 (12) Fr; 20208 (12) So - Sr; 20381 (1-16)  Signature Required Students should expect to have read and be prepared to discuss Language in Society by Romaine and Language by Clark et al. during Week I of winter quarter.  Contact Susan Fiksdal (fiksdals@evergreen.edu) or meet with her at the Academic Fair December 1, 2010 for more information.  

Credits: 12(F); 12(W)

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior; 25% of the seats are reserved for freshmenFreshmen - Senior

Offered During: Day



What are the connections between language and power?  To what extent does language have the power to shape the way we think?  How do our attitudes about language affect us and those around us? Should the US have a national law declaring English an official language?  Does it matter if languages die? This program will explore these questions and others from the perspective of sociolinguistics.  Fall quarter we will focus on major concepts in sociolinguistics and the structure of language to provide context for a study of creoles, gender, dialects, and disappearing languages.  Winter quarter we will continue our study of sociolinguistic principles, focusing on metaphor and language choice in the courts and in the classroom and the question of bilingualism in both institutional contexts.  You can expect to learn sociolinguistic principles through texts, workshops, and seminars, and you will learn qualitative research approaches of discourse analysis and ethnography. There will be weekly writing as well as short research projects and an exam each quarter.  This program is designed primarily for students taking a language in addition to the program, and it is excellent preparation for Language Matters, a spring quarter program.

Maximum Enrollment: 24

Preparatory for studies or careers in: communications, education, gender studies, law, and linguistics.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
December 2nd, 2010 A signature is required for new admission winter quarter.