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    Nov 29, 2021  
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LGCS119 PO - Language and Social Justice

When Offered: To be determined.
Instructor(s): M. Paster; R. Melnick
Credit: 1

This course gives an overview of ways that language interacts with social justice. We will discuss how criticism of minority languages and dialects is used as a proxy for the expression of racist views, how official language policies oppress immigrants and reflect xenophobia and racism, and how the field of linguistics uses a scientific approach to language that allows us to combat misconceptions about language that contribute to these and other social problems. Case studies to be covered include the George Zimmerman murder trial, the Oakland school board ‘Ebonics’ controversy, the ‘English-only’ movement in the US, examples of language endangerment and revitalization and language policies around the world. Letter grade only.
Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
Area 2; Analyzing Difference



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