Topics in Language Variation and Change (Q3302)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module involves relatively advanced study of sociolinguistics in one area of staff specialisation. The particular topic and reading list will be announced in the year prior. This may include particular methodological approaches to sociolinguistics, in-depth study of a particular dialect or sociolect, or of some particular sociolinguistic phenomenon, and may incorporate the study of language change. The changing nature of this module allows us to adapt quickly to changes in the field.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 256 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: