Language Communication and Society

Subject EDUC90075 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

150 hours


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in the Master of English in a Global Context. This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject explores the role of language in communication and the way in which English is used and adapted by different groups in society. It will assist students to develop more flexibility in English and greater sensitivity to variations in register and genre. Topics include language and culture, language functions, language variation, language and social context and linguistic features.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • understand the various functions of language as a tool of communication;
  • understand the relationship between language, culture and identity;
  • understand the major factors leading to language variation;
  • appreciate the way in which context shapes language use;
  • be able to identify the linguistic variables in language and register.

Oral Presentation: equivalent to 1,250 words, due mid semester 25%
Journal Articles: 1,250 words, due late semester 25%
Comparative analysis essay: 2,500 words due end semester 50%

Prescribed Texts:

EDUC90075 Language Communication and Society Subject Reader

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of English in a Global Context

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