Language Policy

Subject MULT90050 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Intensive, 4 hours x 3, total 12 hours
Total Time Commitment:

60 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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:


Office of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts


Subject Overview:

This subject examines the burgeoning field of language policy and planning analysis. From its origins in European nationalism theory and practice of language policy making, and its wider context of language planning, has developed so that today it takes many forms across the world. A critical phase in theory and practice of language planning was post-colonial nation building in Asia and Africa when scholars began to develop systematic models, definitions, protocols of practice and academic theorisations of the practice of language policy. Modern Australia has made a considerable contribution to the theory and practice of language policy, and new streams of thought have emerged from the contemporary world of globalisation and World Englishes.

Language policy has relevance for all education systems, in relation to choice and development of national languages, the teaching of foreign languages, the role and status of immigrant and indigenous minority languages and all aspects of literacy (print, multimodal etc). Language policy also has deep economic, cultural, political and global consequences. The making of policy on language is related to the general field of public policy but has special characteristics and features due to the high degree of ideology, emotional investment and reflexivity involved, so that government based theories of resource management are inadequate to explain the process and character of making language an object of public policy.

Learning Outcomes:

To provide advanced intensive instruction in a topic or area of scholarship in the humanities, social sciences or creative arts. A student who completes this subject should have:

  • enhanced knowledge of the topic or area of scholarship taught in the module;
  • an ability to reflect upon their own research work in relation to the content of the module;
  • enhanced engagement with leading-edge research in Arts today.
  • one 500-word essay proposal. Due during the teaching period (20%)
  • one 2000-word essay. Due within four weeks of completion of teaching (80%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Ph.D.- Arts

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