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At the end of this module, students will:
Demonstrate a basic understanding of key concepts such as ‘nation’, ‘state’ ‘nation-state’ ‘culture’ and ‘cultural nationalism’.
Be able to identify and describe simple examples of cultural nationalism in a variety of contemporary media and critically evaluate them.
Demonstrate a critical awareness of language(s) and of belonging as social constructs.
Outline key historical processes which led only some languages to achieve the status of national standards
Demonstrate an ability to independently research cultural and linguistic examples relevant to the course material, in English and/or other languages in which they are proficient.
Demonstrate an ability to explain and evaluate examples in clear written and spoken English.
In this module students will reflect on the relationship between language and identity and explore some examples of standard and non-standard European languages. They will discuss key ideas relating to the concepts of nation, state and culture in selected writings from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. By conducting independent research using online and print sources students will explore the status and role of regional and national languages spoken in European countries. A variety of media sources will be critically evaluated in relation to concepts of nation and nationalism. Examples of cultural practice, such as museums, monuments, material culture or commemorations, will be discussed with regard to questions of belonging.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Seminar (or Webinar)||
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Assignment: End of module written assignment.||Week 12||n/a||Graded||No||
|Continuous Assessment: Regular journal entries||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Assignment: Written reflective assignment ca. 800-1000 words submitted in week 5.||Week 5||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
In the first weeks of the module students will complete an initial, formative piece of writing on which they will be given feedback. They will have the opportunity to build on this when submitting their reflective assignment in week 5. Individual and group feedback will be provided on assignment one. This will support students in developing their research and writing skills before completing the end of module assignment. Individual feedback will be given on journal entries over the course of the module. This will help students to prepare for the end of module assignment.
|Assoc Professor Paolo Acquaviva||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Dr Siobhan Donovan||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Dr Stephan Ehrig||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Assoc Professor Gillian Pye||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Dr Sabine Strumper-Krobb||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|