Language and Culture

Faculteit Campus Fryslân
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode CFB011A05
Vaknaam Language and Culture
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Optional electives: Cultural Studies: 100-level: Language & Culture: The social construction of meaning in everyday life
Leerdoelen Upon the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

- demonstrate a working familiarity with key concepts in language and culture including linguistic relativity, universalism, cultural constructs, and issues relating to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, kinship and health, and how these connect with the SDGs and current political events worldwide.
- recognize how preconceptions can lead to ethnocentrism and learn to see your own culture “from the outside” through an analysis of norms and values
- motivate the intrinsic value of linguistic and cultural diversity worldwide and in Fryslân
- understand the critical role of Linguistics and Anthropology for Global Responsibility and Leadership
Omschrijving This course offers an overview of key concepts in language and culture, with a focus on applying them to offer deeper understandings of current events. For example, we may explore the topic of race through an analysis of worldwide #BlackLivesMatter activities, or gender and sexuality through trans-rights movements, or religious diversity through speaking with experts in shamanism. By using concepts from the scientific fields of linguistics and anthropology, we will interpret international events from a fresh perspective and see how language and culture saturate human affairs. To achieve this, you will also learn how to view the dominant consumerist culture from the outside, not as some “neutral” milieu, but in such a way that “the familiar becomes strange” while at the same time appreciating other cultures so that “the strange becomes familiar” (Spiro, 1990). To those ends, I will invite multiple guest lectures on topics as diverse as indigenous rights activists, therapeutic psychotropics, and minoritized languages. You will leave this class with a tangible understanding of the value of linguistic and cultural diversity, and learn to recognize and (hopefully!) overcome your own implicit biases and ethnocentrism.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm werkcolleges
Toetsvorm Presentation
Vaksoort bachelor
Docent(en) N.Q. Emlen, PhD. , V. Verkhodanova, MA.
Entreevoorwaarden Admission to the bachelor’s degree programme of Global Responsibility & Leadership
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Global Responsibility & Leadership 1 semester I b verplicht