Language in Society - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Non-Invigilated Exam - Short Answer Responses (40%) , Review - Investigation Review (60%)

Unit provided by

2018 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit examines how language use is influenced by different socio-cultural, geographical, political and contextual factors. It examines the contribution of socio-linguistic theories to approaches to language teaching and learning.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. review the various socio-linguistic theories and how these relate to lived social reality
  2. identify the complexities and ambiguities surrounding key socio-linguistic concepts
  3. critique different socio-linguistic perspectives on language, language use and language learning
  4. examine a socio-linguistic topic of personal or professional interest
  5. infer and explain the contribution that socio-linguistic theories have made to language learning and teaching.
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — Short Answer Responses (40%)
  • Review — Investigation Review (60%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Additional materials
  • Audio/Visual equipment

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Language variety - World Englishes
2Language style - genre, register, politeness, face
3Language contact - codeswitching, code-meshing, diglossia and trans-languaging
4Language contact - pidgins and creoles
5Ethnicity, identity and language
6Language and change - adolescent speech, computer-mediated communication
7Language and gender
8Language planning, policy and teaching - intercultural (transcultural) competence and citizenship
9School as a socio-linguistic community
10Language and power/social status - attitudes to language
11Critical discourse studies
12Language and thought - media and propaganda

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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