Module Details

LG631-7-SP-CO: Independent Study In Sociolinguistics

Year: 2017/18
Department: Language and Linguistics
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: Yes

Supervisor: Dr Vineeta Chand
Teaching Staff: Dr Vineeta Chand, Dr Rebecca Clift, Dr Peter Patrick
Contact details: Dr Vineeta Chand; Email:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module gives students the opportunity for focused advanced study in sociolinguistics. Students will pick a supervisor based on their broad area (see below for suggested areas), and then develop a specific topic to research and relevant reading list, in consultation with the supervisor. Final reports can take the form of research projects, or literature reviews, but in either case must be focused.

By conducting independent, focused reading and critical reflection on a sociolinguistics topic with guidance from a supervisor, students will be able to develop their expertise in specific sociolinguistic themes, and develop a strong scaffolding for topics they may explore further in their MA dissertation.

Students will develop an advanced understanding of the key issues, findings, methods and research questions within their topic.

Students will hone their analytic, critical thinking, and academic writing skills through regular meetings with their supervisor and a final written report.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Students will develop a topic and reading list in consultation with their supervisor. They will meet 3 times during the term (Weeks 20, 22, 25) to discuss their readings and develop a writing topic. A final written report will be produced demonstrating their advanced mastery of the topic, due in Week 26.


100 per cent Coursework Mark

Other information

LG532 Language in Society is a co-requisite.


  • Reading list will be developed in tandem with supervisor, depending on topical focus

Further information