Course code: SPVM10
Swedish title: Språk och språkvetenskap: Språk och samhälle
Credits: 7.5
Programme affiliation: Part of Master's Programme in Language and Linguistics

Study period: autumn semester 2023
Type of studies: part time, 50 % , day
Study period: 2023-10-27 – 2024-01-14
Language of instruction: English

Introductory meeting: 2023-10-24 at 10:15 – 12:00 in SOL:A129c

Teachers: Satu Manninen , Vasiliki Simaki , Sanna Skärlund


What role does language play in society?

The course aims to provide students with broad knowledge and understanding of the role of language in society, including modern sociolinguistic theories and research, and some understanding of how sociolinguistics differs from sociology of language. The course examines geographical and social explanations to linguistic variation and change as well as attitudes to different linguistic variants. Basic concepts such as language variation, standard varieties, dialects, sociolects, gender, power, multilingualism, code switching, language contact (including language maintenance and loss, pidgins, creoles) and language policies and planning are presented and studied. The course will also look at digital discourse and digital language variation.

Various research methods which are applied in sociolinguistics are presented and discussed throughout the course. Examples from a variety of languages, societies, countries and other situations and contexts where language is used are presented and discussed.

Included parts

  • Assignments: Oral and Written , 3 credits
  • Course Paper , 4.5 credits


This course is not open as a freestanding course next semester. It can be open for application within a programme or for students in an exchange programme. Please ask your academic advisor for information.

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods: October–January for autumn semester and June–August for spring semester.

Extended application deadline

Sometimes the application deadline is extended for a specific programme or course. In these cases you will find the message "open for late application" by the programme/course information on You apply with the usual application steps. As long as this message is showing, it is possible to apply, but late applications are processed in order of date, so it is still important to apply as soon as possible. Please note that if the programme/course does not have an extended deadline, it is not possible to apply late.

First or Second Admission Round?

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the January round. Also, this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.

Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions

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