Language Communication and Society

Subject EDUC90075 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

February, Hawthorn - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 16-Feb-2015 to 17-Apr-2015
Assessment Period End 27-Apr-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 27-Feb-2015
Census Date 06-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 10-Apr-2015

July, Hawthorn - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 13-Jul-2015 to 04-Sep-2015
Assessment Period End 14-Sep-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 23-Jul-2015
Census Date 31-Jul-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 21-Aug-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 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:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, 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 the Disability Liaison Unit:


Mrs Susan Worthington


Program Coordinator: Burim Boonwirat

Phone: 9810 3318


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%

Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

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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