Faculty of Arts

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit



Dr Howard Manns


Not offered in 2016


The unit examines the role of language in the construction of identity or identities, with a particular focus on gender identity. It examines the relationship between language, gender and the representation of masculinities and femininities, particularly in spoken texts.. In addition, language and identity construction will be examined in relation to nationality, ethnicity, religion, youth culture and second language learning.


On successful completion of this unit, a student will be able to:

  1. Summarize key theoretical debates in relation to identity and language
  2. Compare the approaches of theorists from different discipline backgrounds
  3. Reflect on gender differences across languages in the light of theoretical and empirical studies
  4. Evaluate major methodological approaches to the study of identity and language
  5. Work in teams to apply at least one methodology to a selected context


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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