Globalization and Identity in Society
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Course title in Estonian
Üleilmastumine ja identiteet ühiskonnas
Course title in English
Globalization and Identity in Society
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
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lecturer of 2018/2019  Spring semester
Anastassia Zabrodskaja (inglise keel)
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To introduce basic sociolinguistic and sociologic concepts for the analysis of connections between globalization, identity and communication. To discuss the issue of growing global mobility and migration, and make students aware of the role of communication. To understand the relationship between identity and society in contemporary world and the nature of identity building and formation in the current context of globalization.
Brief description of the course
Each meeting we will concentrate on the aspects, as detailed in the week-by-week plan; relevant readings related to key topics will be presented and discussed. At the same time, students will be asked to undertake an ethnographic fieldwork (more details will follow). There will be presentations and discussions based on the compulsory readings.
Independent work
Take the necessary steps to fulfil the assignment individually and independently. During the field work students will take notes, take photos, make videos, collect documents, realize short street interviews, etc. – all with the objective to help their essay preparation.
As an outcome of independent work, students have to write a comprehensive essay concerning identity and living in a global society where they have to draw connections between essential theoretical points and own practical experience. They also have to present it during the last meeting.
Learning outcomes in the course
By the end of the course, students will be aware of the key issues, debates and main theories about the concepts presented in class, including identity, language, culture, society, race, social class, ethnicity, linguistic ideologies, globalization, multilingualism and diversity. Students will receive a precise understanding of how globalization trends produce an effect and modify communication patterns and identity issues for people, with a focus on sociolinguistic aspects and an applied linguistics perspective.
Assessment methods
A final grade consists of active participation in class (10%) + individual presentations (30%) + written reports (30%) + ethnographic fieldwork (30%)
Professor Anastassia Zabrodskaja
Study literature
Blommaert, Jan. 2010. The Sociolinguistics of Globalization. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Blommaert, Jan & Dong Jie 2010. Ethnographic fieldwork. A beginner’s guide. Bristol • Buffalo • Toronto: Multilingual Matters.
Dimitrova, Radosveta (ed.) 2017. Well-Being of Youth and Emerging Adults across Cultures. Novel Approaches and Findings from Europe, Asia, Africa and America. Berlin: Springer.
Pennycook, Alastair and Otsuji Emi. 2015. Metrolingualism. Language in the City. London and New York: Routledge.
Soler, Josep; Zabrodskaja, Anastassia (2017). New spaces of ‘new speaker’ profiles: Exploring language ideologies in transnational multilingual families. Language in Society, 46 (4), 547−566.
Replacement literature
Study literature is provided via a Dropbox folder, named “KOI7046.FK Globalization and identity in society”.
No need to search for the replacement sources.