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UNIVERSITY OF GUJRAT

Center for Languages and Translation Studies (CeLTS)

Course Outline
Course Code: TRAN- Course Title: Language, Culture and Identity
Major: BS- English (Applied Translation Semester: Spring-2019
Studies)
Email: Instructor:

Course Description
The course aims to develop a better understanding of what constitutes
identity and how it is related to language and culture.
Note: The mode of instruction must be in English.

Course Type: Major


(Compulsory/Core/Elective
)

Pre-requisites None

Goals The course aims to re-conceptualize views of language, literacy and


cultural practices within different context and to value diversity and
reject discrimination.
Text Books Edwards, J. (1985). Languages, Society and Identity. Oxford: Basil
Blackwell.
Additional Readings 1.Agnihotri, K. R. (2007). Identity and Multilinguality: The Case of
India. In Tsui, M. B. A. &Tollefson, W. J. (Eds.). Language Policy,
Culture, and Mahwah, New jersey. (185-204).
2.Chick, K. J. (1996). Intercultural Communication. In Mckay L. S. and
Hornberger, H.N (Eds.,). Sociolinguistics and Language Teaching. CUP
(329-350).
2.Edwards, J. (1985). Languages, Society and Identity. Oxford: Basil
Blackwell.
Joseph, John, E. (2004). Language and identity: national, ethnic,
religious. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
4.Gumpers, J. J. (2005). Interethnic Communication. In Kiesling F. S.
&Paulstion, B.C. (Eds). Intercultural Discourse and communication:
The Essential Readings. Blackwell Publishing. (33-44).
3. Khan, R. K. (2009). Two Languages with One Culture: Problems in
Communication> In Hussain, N; Ahmed A &Zafar, M. (Eds.). English
and Empowerment in the Developing World. New Castle Upon Time:
Cambridge Scholars Publishing . ( 191-198).
4.Ochs, E. (2005). Constructiong Social Identity: A language
Socialization Perspective. In Kiesling F. S. &Paulstion, B. C. (Eds).
Intercultural Discourse and Communication: The Essential Readings.
Blackwell Publishing. (78-91).
5. Paul Kroskrity. (2000). Identity. Journal of Liguistic Anthropology,
9(1-2), (111-114).
8. Royce, A. P. (1982). Ethnic Identity: Strategies of Diversity.
Bloominton: Indiana.

Lectures 32 sessions of 90 minutes each

Attendance Policy A minimum of 70% attendance is required for a student to be


eligible to take the final examination.
The students with less than 70% of the attendance in a course shall be
given the grade SA (Short Attendance) in such a course and shall not be
allowed to take its End Term Exams and will have to reappear in the
course to get the required attendance to be eligible to sit in the exam
when the course is offered the next time.
Grading The course will be evaluated on the basis of the following percentage:
 Mid Term 25%
 Sessional 25%
o Presentations 10%
o Assignment 10%
o Quiz 05%
 Final term 50%

Quiz, Practical Exercise


and Presentation Schedule According to the decision of instructor
(tentative)

Session Schedule

Weeks Lectures Topic


1 1&2  Introduction
 Relationship between Language and Culture

2 3&4  Role of language and culture in the formation of identity


Cont…
3 5&6  Role of language and culture in the formation of identity

4 7&8  Types of identity: Religious; Ethnic: linguistic; Cultural; National


Cont…
5 9 & 10  Types of identity: Religious; Ethnic: linguistic; Cultural; National

6 11 & 12  The issue of identity in multicultural societies


Cont…
7 13 & 14  The issue of identity in multicultural societies

8 15 & 16  Language Attitudes


Mid Term

9 17 & 18  Ethnic conflicts

10 19 & 20  Linguistic conflicts

11 21 & 22  Problems of linguistic inequality

12 23 & 24  Cross-cultural communication

13 25 & 26  Culture shock

14 27 & 28  Presentations

15 29 & 30  Presentations

16 31 & 32 Revision for Final Term

Final Exam