SPAN 551: Special Topics in Spanish

SPAN 551-003: Language Policies & Politics
(Fall 2016)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M

Aquia Building 346

Section Information for Fall 2016

Increased migration has brought greater awareness of linguistic diversity, but multilingualism has long been a daily reality for most people across the globe. Governments and other institutions use a range of policies to regulate where and when different languages are used, and to dictate how specific languages should be spoken or written. Because language is tied up with nationalism, race, ethnicity, and social identity, language policies intersect with numerous social and political issues, such as education, employment opportunities, political representation, and access to goods and services. Language policy is relevant for students and practitioners in public policy, education, ethnic studies, legal studies, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, and immigration studies, among other fields.

This course offers an introduction to the field of language policy and planning, with a focus on the US, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Spain. Specific topics covered include: language standardization, the establishment of language academies, educational language policies for speakers of minority languages (e.g., Quechua, Catalan, Spanish), language rights, language access, policy implementation needs, and the role of language ideologies in language policy.

This course will be conducted in Spanish, although the majority of readings will be in English

Advanced undergraduates may take the course with instructor permission

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Special studies in Spanish or Latin American language, literature, or culture. Specific topics are announced in advance. Notes: May be repeated for credit with permission of department. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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