• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, European Languages, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Language Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ksenia Gnevsheva
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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This course will build on students’ prior learning in Sociolinguistics, to allow them to deepen their understanding in the area. Students will read and critically discuss foundational studies in Sociolinguistics, as well as more recent, cutting-edge research, to further examine some of the key contemporary questions relating to language and society. Topics covered will be diverse, and may include: methodologies that show how these questions can be addressed, from the perspective of both language production and perception; the motivations, conditions, and social consequences of morphosyntactic and phonetic variation; monolingual and multilingual contexts in different parts of the world; and some of the complexities of language variation and social inequality. Students will carry out an original research project, drawing from topics covered in the course.  The course is important for students who are interested in conducting further study in Sociolinguistics, or who would like to deepen their understandings of the field.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. situate foundational questions, methods and findings in Sociolinguistic research;
  2. analyse how current studies in Sociolinguistic research respond to and move beyond earlier works, creating further questions;
  3. examine how, when and why different methodologies are applied in Sociolinguistic research; and
  4. complete research on a topic in Sociolinguistics.

Indicative Assessment

Discussion tasks x4, 20 mins (10% each for a total of 40%) Learning outcomes 1-3
Class participation (10%) Learning outcomes 1-3
Research project, 3000 words (50%) Learning outcomes 1-4

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of seminars and 12 hours of tutorial and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed LING1001 and 12 units of 2000 level Linguistics (LING) courses, or with permission of convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING6036.


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

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Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9811 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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