Course content

In the course, Linguistic Ethnography and its contributions to research on language – particularly multilingualism – and identity in educational and other social contexts is introduced, discussed and problematized. For example, in what ways are language and other semiotic practices entangled with ideologies and sociopolitical discourses on an individual level?

Moreover, epistemological tenets in LE are discussed as well as how the field has evolved historically in relation to ethnography and anthropology. In the course, central theoretical and methodological principles within ethnographic research are further discussed in relation to data collection and research ethics. The course also focuses on analyses and presentations of interactional data.

Learning outcomes

  • critically discuss, evaluate and problematize in what ways Linguistic Ethnography (LE) contributes to the study of language and identity in one or more social contexts
  • critically discuss central theoretical and methodological principles within ethnographic research based on the student’s own data and/or other research
  • critically discuss processes related to data collection and analyses within LE based on the student’s own data and/or other research

Practical information

Attendance at the course meetings is mandatory. Grading is done on the basis of student assessments, in the shape of a manuscript draft. This manuscript could be a research overview of a smaller field, a book review or another minor work that relates to Linguistic Ethnography. Instruction is provided in the form of seminars and lectures.

Please note that the course is a full-time course over a period of five weeks.

Period: second half of spring semester 2020 (March 23 — June 7)

Schedule: Link to TimeEdit (with reservations for possible changes)

Language of instruction: English. However, discussion papers and written exam questions can be done in both Swedish and English.

Course director: Professor Christina Hedman

Course name in Swedish: Lingvistisk etnografi

The course is offered by the The Department of Language Education (ISD)