Language and Society

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Language and Society

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Linguistics, Multicultural Studies, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Ling1111 or equivalent

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Languages 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.
    1. 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.
    The course explores ways in which language embodies social variation, and investigates problems and principles in the study of social variation. Topics include:
    • 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
    Written Assignment: Take Home Written Assignment
    Written Assignment: Written Assignment - Review
    Presentation: Individual Presentations
    Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study

Course Disclaimer

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.