English, 2013 curriculum - Free topic 18: Sociolinguistics – Theory and Method

Course content


This course is an introduction to central research areas within the field of sociolinguistics. Through a mix of lectures, teacher-led discussions, student presentations and data sessions, course participants will explore key areas of the field, including:

  • language variation and change
  • language and interaction
  • language and style
  • language and identity
  • multilingualism
  • language policy and planning


Time will be devoted to sociolinguistic theory as well as sociolinguistic method, so students who are interested in pursuing sociolinguistic research later in their studies will have ample opportunity to generate ideas for research projects as part of the course.

Classes, with particular emphasis on reading primary and secondary texts, oral discussion and developing proficiency in English.

  • Holmes, Janet and Nick Wilson. 2017. An Introduction to Sociolinguistics. 5th edition. London and New York: Routledge.
  • Plus additional readings listed on Absalon approximately a month before the course commences.
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assessment


  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 176,75
  • English
  • 204,75