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Course module: 880056-M-6
Language, Globalization and Superdiversity
Course info
Course module880056-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences; TSHD: Department of Culture Studies; Culture Studies;
Is part of
M Culture Studies
M Communication and Information Sciences
M Language and Culture Education
dr. M. Spotti
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
Course mode
Registration openfrom 15/01/2020 up to and including 21/08/2020

The course aims at providing the students with knowledge of the general features of Globalization and of its by-product, superdiversity and with how these phenomena do affect the language people use in their everyday exchanges. In so doing, the course focuses on fundamental notions of communication, culture and social structure, as well as on the connection between ethno-cultural and sociolinguistic differences and social inequalities.

Students will learn on the basis of their presentations how to render a text written for an academic audience, into a divulgative text that will then be submitted to the online magazine Diggit for review and comments. The aim is that all students (in groups) have a go at working at the putting together of a Diggit article. 

The course will alternate taught classes with research based classes on contemporary topics that touch upon the different facets of globalisation and in which language and communication are keys. Take for instance, language and institutional exclusion; language, asylum seeking practices and the internet.

Globalization processes have made intercultural communication into the default mode of communication, even if most people do not experience their everyday interactions over email, skype, Facebook or Twitter (nor their consumption of African music, reggae and hiphop, or of American movies and Nintendo games) as instances of the sociolinguistics of globalization. The latter in fact, has quietly crept into our everyday lives, and this course is intended to raise the awareness of this new and vital dimension of communication. We have to start with some demolition work, un-thinking some widely shared assumptions about culture, identity, language and, with that, communication. After that, we look at some crucial contemporary realities - realities we call "superdiversity" - and gradually move to a more precise framework for understanding the sociolinguistics of globalization as a perfectly "normal", self-evident form of communication, for which most of us are entirely equipped or ought to become skilled in.

Compulsory Reading

Blommaert, J. (2010) The Sociolinguistics of Globalisation. Cambridge:CUP

Recommended Reading

O. GarcĂ­a, N. Flores & M. Spotti (eds.) 2016. The Oxford Handbook of Language and Society. Oxford: OUP.
Course available for exchange students
Master level, conditions apply
Contact person
dr. M. Spotti
Timetable information
Language, Globalization and Superdiversity
Required materials
Recommended materials
Take home exam

Presentation and Diggit paper

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