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Language, Power and Freedom in Africa - Practices & Ideologies Sciences & the Environment Program Fall 2022 Semester - Cape Town

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Language, Power and Freedom in Africa - Practices & Ideologies

Language, Power and Freedom in Africa - Practices & Ideologies Course Overview


CEA Partner Institution: University of Cape Town
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Primary Subject Area: Sociology
Instruction in: English
Course Code: AXL3201S
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 6
Prerequisites: Third-year status.


This course introduces students to the field of critical linguistics which addresses the linguistic effects of political and cultural oppression, marginalization, colonialism and coloniality. It is also a field interested in articulating a new view of language that emphasizes the experience of language as intimate and lived, implied in structures of hegemony of power, as well as its potential for liberation, freedom and creativity.

Assessment: Coursework 70%, exam 30%.

The University of Cape Town awards credits based on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) to determine course and contact hour recommendations per course. 1 NQF credit represents roughly 10 notional hours of work which includes study time, assignments and examinations. Notional hours may very per courses depending on the course level and modality therefore, CEA recommends using NQF credits as a basis to determine U.S. equivalencies (1 NQF=.222 semester credits)

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