Language and Society in Europe

Subject EURO20001 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 29 hours- 1 x 1.5 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week. There will be no tutorial in the first week of semester.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof John Hajek



Subject Overview:

This subject examines the relationship between language and society in Europe. It focuses on issues of relevance in an increasingly integrated Europe in which European and other languages are in contact through migration, travel, business, and mass media, and in which English is taking on an important role as a lingua franca. The topics to be covered include: the relationship between majority and minority languages, dialects and the standard language. bilingualism and multilingualism. semi-communication. language planning at state and European levels. politeness and forms of address. and the status and influence of English.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to engage critically with different perspectives and issues pertinent to language and society in Europe;
  • be able to communicate knowledge effectively about Europe’s complex language situation in oral and well-informed written assignments;
  • have developed a detailed knowledge of language-related issues in European society;
  • have developed research skills in fields of European sociolinguistics;
  • have developed a broad understanding of the impact of Europe’s social and political development in relation to language issues in Europe today;
  • have acquired broad critical insights through their engagement with Europe that prepare them for becoming good global citizens;
  • be able to work effectively in groups to meet a shared goal with people whose disciplinary and cultural backgrounds differ from their own.
  • A 10 minute class paper (equivalent to 600 words) due throughout semester [15%]
  • A mid-semester test (equivalent to 1000 words) due in Week 8 during lecture [25%]
  • An essay of 2000 words due during the examination period [50%]
  • Pre-class preparation and in-class participation throughout the semester [10%]

This subject has the following hurdle requirements:

  • Regular participation in tutorials is required with a minimum of 75% attendance.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day and in-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

A Subject Reader will be made available. Further materials will be on the LMS.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should have:

  • have improved their oral and written communication skills.
  • have enhanced skills of critical thinking and analysis.
  • be able to communicate intelligibly and economically.
  • be able to work productively within a team.

This subject can be counted towards a major in any discipline in the School of Languages and Linguistics.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: European Studies
Graduate Diploma in Arts - French
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Spanish and Latin American Studies
Spanish Major
Spanish and Latin American Studies
Spanish and Latin American Studies
Related Breadth Track(s): European Studies

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