Language and Society
University of Newcastle
Area of Study
Linguistics, Multicultural Studies, Sociology
Taught In English
Ling1111 or equivalent
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units10
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewLanguages are variable and constantly changing, in response to the social lives and social environments of their speakers. This course explores the interrelatedness of language with social structure, and what influences how people speak in different social environments and situations. Students will learn about how language varies in relation to geographical region, social groupings, gender, age, and situational context. They will learn and practise scientific methods for studying and understanding such variation, and expand their own communication skills by gaining a deeper understanding of the social meanings expressed through language.LEARNING OUTCOMES1. Discuss the range of social variation in language.2. Describe key concepts and principles for the analysis of language variation.3. Apply principles for the systematic collection of language data.4. Present, discuss, and evaluate analyses of original data.CONTENTThe course explores ways in which language embodies social variation, and investigates problems and principles in the study of social variation. Topics include:
ASSESSMENT ITEMSWritten Assignment: Take Home Written AssignmentWritten Assignment: Written Assignment - ReviewPresentation: Individual PresentationsCase Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study
- Linguistic varieties spoken in Australia, including standard and non-standard varieties of English
- Social variation in language use.
- The social meaning of language choice.
- Principles of linguistic analysis
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.