General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW3249
Course name: Language Rights and Linguistic Justice
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: First
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialization: Not applicable
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Course offered to non-law students: No
Credit point value: 6 credits
Cap on student numbers: TBA

1.2 Course description

The first part of the course offers a broad introduction to theories of language, linguistic diversity, rights and justice. We trace the evolution of language rights and explore the historical connections of such evolution with nation states, warfare, and globalization. The second part of the course focuses on a number of illustrative cases. It surveys some of the ways in which concepts of language and rights have been envisioned, formulated and used across a range of contexts, including (but not limited to) education, politics and academic linguistics. The third part of the course focuses on the philosophical and moral basis of language politics, addresses sources of contention, and queries the concept of ‘linguistic justice’. Together with student presentations, these discussions provide a lens through which tensions between language, linguistic theory and politics may be probed.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor David Karlander TBA TBA By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Describe what language rights are and explain controversies surrounding the issue.

CLO 2 Critically examine the promise and limitations of language rights.

CLO 3 Demonstrate an awareness of the interconnections between linguistic theory and politics.

CLO 4 Demonstrate knowledge of current research on the uptake of language rights, linguistic justice and related concepts in language policy frameworks.

CLO 5 Engage with the philosophical debate about language rights and linguistic justice.

2.2 LLB Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/llb-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Mid-term report TBA 35% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Research project/essay TBA 65% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  *Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unIt is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by the convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/