The world in the street: Engaging with languages, space, and people in superdiverse London
Module code: 5WSEL021W
Module leader: Terry Lamb
Credit Level: 5
Credit value: 20
Day and time: Thursday, 5–7pm – As there is fieldwork involved in this module, it is likely that there will be 1-2 fieldwork trips outside traditional teaching times (including Saturday).
Available to: Students in all faculties, however some courses already include cross-disciplinary modules and are structured to offer opportunities to expand professional skills. Students on these courses are unable to choose Westminster Plus Electives – check the list of courses.
Please note: elective modules are subject to availability.
In this module you will work with students from different disciplines to explore the ways in which ‘superdiversity’ is reflected in a London street. In this way, it will give you unique insights into the global make-up of London and the ways in which it is constantly changing.
You will be introduced to the interdisciplinary concept of linguistic landscapes and learn collaboratively to ‘read’ the street from your different perspectives and gain critical insights into how the ever-changing flows of people are shaping its spaces, sights and sounds.
To achieve this, you will develop research skills using innovative tools to explore the locality through sustained fieldwork. Such skills, combined with enhanced global as well as local awareness, are increasingly required in many professions in urban contexts. As part of your module assessment, you will curate collaboratively an event/exhibition about the dynamic and complex landscape of ‘your’ street.
What’s the advantage?
This module is great if you are interested in:
- Gaining real-life experience of undertaking fieldwork with support from top university researchers and mentors;
- Deconstructing the rich identity and character of London as one of the world’s most diverse cities;
- Finding out more how language, identity and landscape interact in practice as well as theory.