• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Susan Macqueen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
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Do we see our world through the language we speak or does everyone see the world in the same way? Are all languages equal? What does it mean to speak a dialect of a language? What is language variation? How do we show our identity through language? This course surveys the main concepts and methods used to analyse language within different social settings. Concepts will be illustrated by current and topical examples. Students will also have an opportunity to observe language in its social context.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Assess the ways in which speakers use linguistic choices to communicate social meaning, such as age, gender, social network, socio-economic status.
  2. Work in small groups to explain issues related to language and society.
  3. Critically evaluate various sociolinguistic theories and research.
  4. Think about, write and present an argument using evidence and results from sociolinguistic research.

Other Information

This class shares lectures with graduate students LING6002. However, there will be separate tutorials.

Indicative Assessment

Students will be assessed for preparing for weekly tutorials (10%, 1,000 words total, LOs 1, 2, 3) and for submitting 3 tutorial responses (15%, 600 words total, LOs 1, 2, 3, 4).

The practical assignment in which students collect sociolinguistic survey data is worth 35% (2000 words, LOs 1, 4).

A final exam (40%, LOs 1, 3, 4) will be held during the exam period.

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Workload

This course has two lectures per week plus a weekly tutorial, commencing in Week 2. Students can expect to undertake 7 hours of study per week outside of class time.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed LING2002 or LING6002. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Van Herk, Gerard (2012) What is Sociolinguistics? Wiley-Blackwell: Chichester, UK.

Preliminary Reading

None.

Students will be given a full reading list at the beginning of the semester. Journals that publish sociolinguistics research include, Journal of Sociolingusitcs, Journal of Pragmatics, Language in Society.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7226 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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