Language and Society

Course Information
TitleΓλώσσα και Kοινωνία / Language and Society
FacultyEconomic and Political Sciences
SchoolJournalism and Mass Communications
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorPeriklis Politis
Course ID140000215

Programme of Study: UPS School of Journalism and Mass Communications (2010-today)

Registered students: 156
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Mass CommunicationsElective Courses belonging to the otherWinter-5
JournalismElective Course belonging to the selected specialization (Elective Specialization Course)Winter-5

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Students are expected - To be able, when they will be professional writers, to interpret the news in appropriate political and social contexts - To have the ability to express well documented opinions on controversial issues such as nationalism, racism, sexism, etc. - To become aware of linguistic errors both in spoken and the written language - To make effective stylistic choices between high linguistic variety (once represented by Katharevousa) and low linguistic variety (once represented by Dhemotiki) - To have a clear position toward loanwords and neologisms
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
ΔΗ2400 Language and Society The course applies sociolinguistic approaches to media language. The relationships between language, society and (mass) communication are examined to illustrate how media discourses represent social phenomena (ideologies, practices, attitudes, personal and group identities etc) and in what ways they influence media writing. Topics included are: language and (traditional or new) media, language and the Internet, language and politics, language and ethnicity, language and youth, language and gender, language and class, language and identity. Moreover, special attention is given to Modern Greek diglossia (Katharevousa vs. Dhemotiki), since stylistic variation in the media over the last four decades -at least- can be partly interpreted in the light of the attitudes adopted by journalists and experts towards the ‘high’ and ‘low variety’, the standard (and official) language and the everyday language, which embodies many dialect elements.
political discourse, internet, youth language, linguistic sexism, racism, nationalism, identities, linguistic error, diglossia, lownwords, neologisms
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Course Organization
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Α.-Φ. Χριστίδης (επιμέλεια) (2001). Εγκυκλοπαιδικός οδηγός για τη γλώσσα. Θεσσαλονίκη: Κέντρο Ελληνικής Γλώσσας
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