Computer Systems Engineering (3 Years) [BEng]

Multilingual Manchester


Unit code: UCIL20102
Credit Rating: 20
Unit level: Level 2
Teaching period(s): Semester 2
Offered by School of Arts, Histories and Cultures
Available as a free choice unit?: Y

Requisites

None

Aims

 The principal aims of the course unit are as follows:

  • To acquire first-hand experience in community-based fieldwork in small research groups, including drafting a fieldwork plan, ethical considerations, data collection methods and data assessment

    To gain familiarity with key concepts from the literature on multilingualism and to apply those in an original essay on new data

    To make an original contribution to data collection and data interpretation on multilingual practices in Manchester, and to give public dissemination to these original research results

    To be able to make direct use of this coursework experience for future career development

Overview

The unit introduces students to methods of studying language diversity in urban communities and its impact on public services, communities and civic identity. Using Manchester as a case study, the focus is on the changes brought about through the complexity of migration patterns, mobility and technology, the concepts of ‘super-diversity’ and ‘trans-nationalism’.

We examine the city’s linguistic and cultural mosaic, the role of language in access to public services and responses of public services to language diversity, the role of language in marketing and the commercial sector, what we can learn from the city’s linguistic landscapes, and what tools can be used to support the planning of language provisions.

Students will work in groups on their own projects, with support from Teaching Assistants and the course convenor. For an insight into relevant topics and previous student coursework see the Multilingual Manchester online archive of reports: http://mlm.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/reports/.

Teaching and learning methods

11 x 3 hour sections, evenly split between lecturing and group work, building upon the content presented and accompanying students in the development of their original research.

 

167 hours independent study

Learning outcomes

Students will acquire:

  • Familiarity with theories and methods of analysis of multilingual societies, with special emphasis on the sociology of language and principles of language policy in contact situations
  • Familiarity with a number of case-studies of language management in multilingual societies, and with current discussions of language endangerment and language death
  • First-hand experience in data collection and analysis on urban multilingualism in Greater Manchester

 

Knowledge and understanding

The projects offer opportunities for practical research work in the local community, and a unique opportunity to disseminate the insights that students will acquire to wide external audiences, in particular in local communities, key service providers and local government.

Such skills and experience are high in demand in a variety of sectors, including education, health, planning, and more; and as commerce becomes ever more globalised, there is increased demand and appreciation of awareness of ways to harness cultural knowledge for the benefit of growth and development.

The suggested project and coursework topics are all of direct relevance to the area of ‘diversity management’, gaining an awareness of population diversity, developing tools to assess the needs and interests of diverse communities, and developing strategies to respond to those needs and to evaluate existing provisions.

Students will acquire the following skills:

·        Write up and disseminate original findings in the form of a research report

·        Prioritise data and observations for evaluation and dissemination

·        Coordinate tasks in a research team

·        Collection and written assessment of fieldwork data

·        Conducting research based on secondary and published sources

·        Academic writing and referencing

·        Compiling a written report

·        Organisation of practical research

·        Group work

·        Conducting interviews

         Interacting with diverse community and municipal institutions

 

 

 

Intellectual skills

By the end of this course students will be able to:

Write up and disseminate original findings in the form of a research report, prioritise data and observations for evaluation and dissemination

 

Practical skills

By the end of this course unit students will be able to:

Co-ordinate tasks in a research team

 

 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

 By the end of this course students will have acquired the following transferrable skills:

  • conducting research based on secondary and published sources
  • academic writing and referencing
  • compiling a written report
  • organisation of practical research
  • group work
  • conducting fieldwork (interviews)
  • collection and written assessment of fieldwork data
  • interacting with diverse community and municipal institutions

Employability skills

  • LeadershipThe projects also offer opportunities for practical research work in the local community, and a unique opportunity to disseminate the insights that you will acquire to wide external audiences, in particular in local communities, key service providers and local government.
  • Project managementSuch skills and experience are high in demand in a variety of sectors, including education, health, planning, and more; and as commerce becomes ever more globalised, there is increased demand and appreciation of awareness of ways to harness cultural knowledge for the benefit of growth and development.
  • OtherThe suggested project and coursework topics are all of direct relevance to the area of `diversity management┬┐ ┬┐ gaining an awareness of population diversity, developing tools to assess the needs and interests of diverse communities, and developing strategies to respond to those needs and to evaluate existing provisions.

Assessment Further Information

 

Assessment task

Formative or summative

Length

Weighting within unit

(if summative)

Fieldwork plan and literature review (groups of 3-5)

Formative and summative

2500-3000 words

50%

Fieldwork report and conclusions (groups of 3-5)

Summative

2500-3000 words

50%

 

Syllabus

 

Topics covered in previous years include:

·        Types of multilingual societies

·        Multilingual repertoires and domain shift

·        Doing fieldwork on multilingualism

·        Multilingualism and globalisation

·        Assessing multilingualism

·        Urban multilingualism

·        Manchester’s language diversity

·        Language conflict and language policy

·        Language endangerment and language death

·        Language revitalisation

·        Multilingualism and the internet

 

Feedback methods

Feedback is provided via:

 

Written comments on Turnitin submissions

Oral comments on research during group work sessions

 

 

Study hours

  • Lectures - 22 hours
  • Seminars - 11 hours
  • Independent study hours - 167 hours

Teaching staff

Daniele Leggio - Unit coordinator

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