Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Language, Culture and Identity in Europe
Academic Year
Semester 1
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
EL10820 The module to be created is half of the thin EL10820 module.

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Exam  Written examination (2 essay questions)  100%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Exam  Written examination (2 essay questions)  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

situate debates on language and identity within a European context

have some understanding of the significance of such issues in the constitution of both national and European identity

have an understanding of the relationship between the centre and periphery within the European nation-states examined

understand the usefulness of a comparative and pan-European approach to issues of this type

Brief description

The module provides an introduction, by a variety of case-studies focused on France and Germany, to issues of identity, nationality and language which have been of central importance to the development of Europe.

The module will explore fundamental conflicts between nationality and 'Europeanness'; centre and periphery; regions and nation-states; cultural and historical particularism; a shared European heritage and identity; and questions of language rights and legislation.

Module content will draw on research expertise in the Department and offer students a combination of approaches embedded in the cultures under study. Students will have the opportunity to acquire an understanding of the national and broader European picture into which their chosen language(s) fit(s). The module will also provide a more general preparation for subsequent study of Francophone and Germanophone society, politics, language and culture. It is open to students outside the Department and presupposes no prior linguistic knowledge.


The module will cover France and Germany from the point of view of language use, language rights and national / regional identities in their relationship with language. It will cover the historical context to the current socio-linguistic situation in these territories and highlight key issues and debates around the political and social dimension of language.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Critical and analytical thinking Identify relevant information and present it in a coherent form
Professional communication Creating written work in academic format
Subject Specific Skills Understanding of the national and larger context of the debates around language use


This module is at CQFW Level 4