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Undergraduate course

Multilingualism in a Sociolinguistic Perspective

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeNORAN107
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian. Danish and Swedish may also be used.
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course addresses multilingualism at the level of the individual and society in Norway and Scandinavia from a sociolinguistic perspective. Central topics are language and identity, norms, ideology, language attitudes, multilingual practices, language contact, and sociolinguistic approaches to the study of acquisition and use of a second language.

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, students will have:


the student

  • will have insight into the Norwegian multilingual situation
  • will have an understanding of the historical background for the multilingual situation
  • will have insight into multilingual educational policy
  • will have knowledge of the language contact situation in Norway


the student

  • can account for various types of multilingual practices
  • can account for language contact phenomena
  • can reflect upon sociolinguistic factors influencing the acquisition and use of a second language
  • can critically discuss and analyse language attitudes and language policy in a multilingual context

General competence

the student

  • will have a sociolinguistic knowledge base about multilingualism occurring in the individual and in society

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

Students must have a good knowledge of the Norwegian language.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

The course is open to all students with the right to study at UiB.

Teaching and learning methods

Lessons and seminar.

Student colloquia.

If less than five students are registered to a course, the department might reduce the teaching, please see the department's guidelines regarding this on Mitt UiB. In cases when this situation may arise, the students will be informed at the beginning of the semester, and before the deadline regarding semester registration 1.February/1.September.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

A paper of approximately 1,000 words submitted on the deadline decided by the course administration.

A paper that does not satisfy the minimum language and academic requirements must be submitted again. The minimum requirements must be satisfied upon second submission for the compulsory assignment to be approved.

Written in nynorsk.

Forms of Assessment

Oral exam

Grading Scale

Grade scale A-F.

Reading List

An approximately 700-pages curriculum decided by the course administration.

Course Evaluation

Evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the University of Bergen's quality assurance system.


Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies.

E-mail: advice@lle.uib.no

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