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Multilingualism and Sustainable Development



Dr Gioia PanzarellaLink opens in a new window

Module Leader

Term 1
10 weeks
9 lecture hours
9 seminars
Not available to students outside the School for Cross-Faculty Studies

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Principal Aims

This module aims to:

  • engage students in the debate on the absence of any reference to languages in the SDGs by considering the centrality of languages to access rights, in particular in terms of equality, diversity, and inclusion;
  • equip students with key theoretical tools in the areas of multilingualism, sociolinguistics, and language policy;
  • use linguistic autobiographies and recent artistic productions (television, cinema, literature, comic books) as examples to explore methodologies and topics in the area of languages and multilingualism;
  • explore language policies at national and international level in areas such as: the requirement of language certificates; policies around sign languages; the importance of multilingual education policies; language issues in displaced populations and minority communities.

Principal Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

-- develop a critical understanding of key theoretical tools in the areas of languages and multilingualism

-- engage critically with current linguistic and sociolinguistic policies and debates

-- examine representations of multilingualism in artistic productions

-- develop a deep (socio-)linguistic self-awareness

-- implement reflective practices that facilitate learning

Employability Skills

Through this module, you will develop a number of different skills that are sought by employers which will support your professional development. We have highlighted this to enable you to identify and reflect on the skills you have acquired and apply them throughout your professional journey including during the recruitment processes whether this on an CV/application form or at an interview.

  • Intercultural awareness: Developed through engaging with issues that relate to cultural and linguistic diversity that you will be able to apply to real-world contexts
  • Creative thinking: Enhanced by identifying strategies to filter your knowledge through your own personal experiences
  • Reflective analysis: Evaluation of your learning process and the identification of action points for you to make progress which is documented and assessed through your reflective write up.
  • Oral communication: Delivering a compelling and well-evidenced presentation to persuade the audience on a particular topic.

The module also offers the opportunity to refine research and academic writing skill, specifically the ability to understand and synthesise complex concepts and apply them to specific case studies.


  • Reflective Pieces: 20%
  • Linguistic Autobiography: 30%
  • In-person Individual Presentation: 15%
  • Essay: 35%

  Please note: Module availability and staffing may change year on year depending on availability and other operational factors. The School for Cross-faculty Studies makes no guarantee that any modules will be offered in a particular year, or that they will necessarily be taught by the staff listed on this page.