ANTHRCUL 370 - Language and Discrimination: Language as Social Statement
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Anthropology, Cultural (ANTHRCUL)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
SS, RE
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

Who speaks “correctly”? Which languages are taught in schools? Who gets to be bilingual? In this course, we explore how language is used to construct and suppress identity, with a particular focus on the languages and cultures of what is now the United States. As we investigate the relationship between language and power across time and space, we will also make connections with our own life experiences and with current events. Topics covered include the intersections of race and ethnicity with migration, language policy, media representation, and multilingualism.

This course fulfills the Race & Ethnicity requirement. As such, we focus on linguistic discrimination which is rooted in discrimination based on race and ethnicity. We demonstrate how language has been used to reinforce essentialized views of race, and how discrimination based on language can often be a proxy for discrimination based on race and ethnicity. We discuss how language has been a site of oppression at both the level of the individual and society, and make explicit the connections between individual-level processes and social structures, showing how interpersonal bigotry both reinforces and is reinforced by laws, policies, and other norms. This course is designed to help students make sense of the world that they are in by giving context for how we got here, while also encouraging us to imagine and co-create a better present and future.

Class Format:

Waitlist Procedures
Students are admitted from the waitlist in order of registration, and overrides will be issued by Linguistics Department staff when spots in the class open. Discussion sections are strictly capped at 25 and cannot be over-enrolled. If you have any questions about the waitlist, please email linguistics-ssc@umich.edu.

Schedule

ANTHRCUL 370 - Language and Discrimination: Language as Social Statement
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
19086
Open
3
 
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MW 3:00PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
19105
Open
1
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
19106
Closed
0
 
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F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
19107
Open
1
 
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
005 (DIS)
 In Person
24340
Closed
0
 
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
006 (DIS)
 In Person
27737
Closed
0
 
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Th 5:00PM - 6:00PM
007 (DIS)
 In Person
27738
Closed
0
 
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F 9:00AM - 10:00AM

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