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  • Objectives
    The specific aim of the programme is to provide training in the analysis of Arabic data within the framework of sociolinguistic theory. As a programme in sociolinguistics, it provides students with the opportunity to develop general skills in sociolinguistic analysis, which include: Understanding critically the nature and status of linguistic data. Acquiring the necessary methodological and analytical skills to formulate, test and critically evaluate research problems in language use, and to collect, analyse and present empirical research. Developing a critical appreciation of literature in the field. Undertaking original research. Acquiring a foundation for further study, employment and life-long learning.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Qualifications A good degree. For non-native speakers of English, IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
  • Academic Title
    MA Sociolinguistics of the Arab World
  • Course description

    Course Description
    The MA in Sociolinguistics of the Arab World provides a foundation in the sociolinguistics and language variation of Arabic. It also gives students the theoretical and analytical tools to evaluate and understand current issues in Arabic sociolinguistics, and prepares them to undertake original research.

    Modules and Options

    The lists of modules below represent the range of options available for each year of study. This may not be a complete list of the options you will study, and may be subject to change, so please contact the department for further details.

    Stage 1

        Compulsory: SOCIOLINGUISTICS I
        Compulsory: SOCIOLINGUISTICS II
        Compulsory: VARIATION IN ARABIC 1
        Compulsory: VARIATION IN ARABIC II
        Core: DISSERTATION: MA

    Teaching and Assessment Methods
    A: Knowledge and Understanding
        Learning Outcomes
        A1 : Knowledge of the linguistic history of Arabic, and the salient features of the major Arabic dialects
        A2 : An informed view of the parameters of variation in spoken Arabic.
        A3 : practical and theoretical knowledge of major paradigms and interpretive traditions in sociolinguistics
        A4 : Knowledge of key concepts, issues, ideas, theories and styles of argumentation and evaluation criteria used in contemporary sociolinguistic work.
        A5 : Skills in academic argumentation and academic writing.
        A6 : Experience in linguistic analysis of raw data.

        Teaching Methods
        A1-5 are addressed in lectures, seminars, class and tutorial discussions; A6 is addressed in practical sessions in data analysis. There is also office and email consultation with staff as well as written and oral feedback on work

        Assessment Methods
        A1-6 are assessed by coursework in the form of essays or small scale projects which require data collection. The dissertation is instrumental in the achievement of A4-6

    B: Intellectual/Cognitive Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        B1 : Critically evaluate contrasting linguistic theories/ accounts/explanations/approaches, demonstrating an understanding of the relationship between theory and data or practice
        B2 : Abstract and synthesise information from a range of sources (lectures/seminars/classes, journals, books, internet, etc.) identifying central concepts and findings
        B3 : Make observations and generalisations about behaviour (or data, or other materials) and analyse relevant types of behaviour, data, or materials using relevant methodologies

        Teaching Methods
        B1-3 are developed in seminars, classes and tutorials. B2 is developed in directed reading of library and internet materials, as well as printed instructional course materials. There is also office and email consultation with staff, as well as oral and written feedback on work.

        Assessment Methods
        B1-3 are assessed by written coursework. The dissertation is central in assessing B3.

    C: Practical Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        C1 : Retrieve information from a variety of sources (e.g. Library, WWW, CD-rom)
        C2 : Utilise techniques and tools relevant to the collection, analysis and presentation of sociolinguistic data
        C3 : Propose, plan, undertake, write up and present an independent piece of work (e.g. a survey, or report, or project, or set of materials) with a minimum of guidance

        Teaching Methods
        Throughout the scheme practical skills C1-3 are developed through independent learning in preparation for classes, seminars, essays and presentation. These skills are mobilised in preparation for the dissertation. Office and email consultation with staff, as well as written/oral feedback on work is provided through both the coursework and dissertation phases of the degree

        Assessment Methods
        Coursework and essays play an important part in the assessment of skills C1-3. C2 and C3 become particularly salient in the marking of the dissertation.

    D: Key Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        D1 : Communicating complex ideas effectively in writing, writing essays, reports and reviews using the appropriate register and style.
        D2 : Using advanced computational tools and software packages to obtain, store and process information stored in electronic form (e.g. from the Library, WWW or CD-rom), and (where appropriate) to analyse data and results
        D3 : Under guidance, interpreting relevant statistical information and, where required, showing familiarity with complex procedures of symbol manipulation
        D4 : Analysing complex data-sets or behaviour, abstracting insightful generalisations and testing abstract hypotheses
        D5 : Planning and executing projects in collaboration with others
        D6 : Under guidance, working independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time-management in tackling and solving complex problems

        Teaching Methods
        D1, D2, D4 and D6 are taught throughout the scheme in preparation for lectures, seminars, tutorials and coursework assignments. Oral presentation in class may be used to develop skills of oral communication in parallel with D1; students are also encouraged to collaborate with others to achieve common goals, e.g. in project planning, management and presentation. Seminars and tutorials are used to develop D3 and D5

        Assessment Methods
        Coursework essays are used in the development of all key skills. Coursework exercises/projects specifically develop D3 and D5. The dissertation constitutes an overall assessment of these skills in judging communication, problem solving and independent learning.

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