Language and Society in Europe

Subject EURO30001 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x 1.5 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week. There will be no tutorial in the first week of semester
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 170 hours.





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

EURO20001 Language and Society in Europe

Core Participation Requirements:

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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:

At the end of this subject, students will:

  • engage critically with different perspectives and issues pertinent to language and society in Europe;
  • communicate knowledge effectively about Europe’s complex language situation in oral and well-informed written assignments;
  • demonstrate a detailed knowledge of language-related issues in European society;
  • consolidate research skills in fields of European sociolinguistics;
  • demonstrate a broad understanding of the impact of Europe’s social and political development in relation to language issues in Europe today;
  • acquire broad critical insights through their engagement with Europe that prepare them for becoming good global citizens;
  • 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:

Course reader prepared by the School, available through Melbourne University Bookshop. Further materials on 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:
  • 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: Classics
European Studies
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Spanish Major
Spanish and Latin American Studies
Spanish and Latin American Studies
Spanish and Latin American Studies
Related Breadth Track(s): European Studies

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