RMIT University Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Area of Study
Communication Studies, Intercultural Communications, International Communications, Linguistics
Taught In English
Host University Units12
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4.5
Hours & Credits
This course provides a general background to the socio-linguistic and political aspects of language use and language policy in the contemporary world, including the emergence of English as a global language.
You will focus on a number of case studies to examine the intersections of language, culture, identity and power in various national and regional contexts, noting the politicized nature of both individual and government decisions about language and its uses in the public and private spheres. You will use sociolinguistic theories to examine the dynamic nature of language in a globalised world, including new varieties and hybrids; the emergence of global languages as a means of international communication; and the subsequent threat to many indigenous and minority languages.
The course will focus on the competing interests of different language groups and different actors in contemporary debates about the role of language and in language policy and planning in national and supranational contexts.
Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development
In this course you will gain a broad understanding of the significance of cultural and linguistic diversity in the modern world.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• recognise and explain the significance of cultural and linguistic diversity in the modern world.
• analyse the issue of language in terms of core theories of globalisation, nationalism, identity, colonialism and imperialism
• apply your knowledge of sociolinguistic theories and concepts to different language contexts
• critically evaluate the consequences and effectiveness of language policy in local, national and institutional contexts
Program Learning Outcomes
In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:
• Communicate effectively in a range of forms and in different international and cross-cultural contexts, using appropriate modes of communication including electronic, written, graphic, oral and aural forms
• Reflect on the role of the languages in cultures and societies, and apply this knowledge in local and global situations
• Effectively manage your own learning, developing skills in lifelong learning of languages and cross-cultural communication
• Work independently and in diverse teams to solve problems, using effective communication strategies
Overview of Learning Activities
You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, seminars, guest speakers, the presentation of audio-visual materials, and interactive tutorial activities including group based discussion and problem-solving tasks.
You will be expected to actively contribute to the construction of a supportive learning environment, in which peer-based learning will be an important component. Participation in discussions and activities, and engagement with the weekly reading materials is expected.
Overview of Learning Resources
RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
A list of prescribed and recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.
Overview of Assessment
You will be required to submit a range of assessments throughout the semester to demonstrate how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and capabilities. Assessment tasks may involve working independently and/or as part of a pair or team on a range of written, oral and interactive tasks (for example, in-class tests, essays, class presentations, group projects, debates, learning diaries, final exams etc).
You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from your lecturers and/or peers on your assessment tasks.