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What is CLIA?

CLIA (Cultures and Languages in Africa) is an exciting new inter-disciplinary course offered by the School of Languages and Literatures at Rhodes University.  Staff from African Languages Studies, Afrikaans/Netherlandic Studies, French Studies, German Studies and Classical Studies (Ancient Greek and Latin) will explore the relationships between societies, cultures, identities and languages in Africa.  They aim to empower you to think holistically and critically about a multicultural and multilingual world.  NB:  THIS IS NOT A LANGUAGE ACQUISITION COURSE! 

What courses are on offer?

There are two semesterised 1st-year level courses. 

CLIA 101 focuses on languages and societies in pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial Africa.

CLIA 102 provides a more in-depth study of the links between language, ideologies and identities in Africa.

When and where are these courses offered?

Lectures are on Tuesdays at 8.40, Wednesdays at 9.35 and Thursdays at 10.30, with a tutorial on Fridays 11.25, in School of Languages G03 lecture theatre.

Can I major in CLIA?

Not yet, but there are plans to offer CLIA as a 2-year major at a later stage.

Will there be tutorials in my CLIA course?

Yes, there will be a weekly tutorial every Friday at 11.25 in the School of Languages100% attendance at tutorials is required and a register will be taken.

What will my assignment load be?

You will have to submit two major assignments per semester, (one each term), as well as a tutorial assignment every week.  Marks awarded for these essays and assignments will constitute your class mark which will count 40% of your final mark.

Where will I find information about the course?

Most of the information you need will be posted on RUconnected.  Assignments must be submitted on-line using Turnitin.

The course coordinator for 2017 is Dr Claire Cordell.  Please don’t hesitate to contact her via e-mail (c.cordell@ru.ac.za).

Last Modified: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:28:00 SAST