|Year of offer||2017|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 2|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject examines how social and cultural factors influence language, and the role language plays in structuring and representing social categories across cultures. It examines how society and language shape each other: how language represents and enables social interaction, and how social interaction influences the form of language. Specific topics to be covered include socially determined variation in language styles and registers, language varieties reflecting social class, gender and ethnic group. It also examines factors affecting language choice such as, bi- and multi-lingualism, and factors of language contact and change.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have attained in-depth knowledge of how social factors influence language;
- have engaged with debates around sociolinguistic research methodology;
- have deepened their understanding of social and cultural diversity through problematising language use across different social and cultural practices;
- have broadened and applied research skills utilising a variety of primary and electronic sources, and developed awareness of intellectual integrity and research ethics in sociolinguistic research;
- have further honed writing abilities across a variety of text types and multimodal presentation skills;
- have participated in individual and group-based data-related activities within and outside the classroom.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed the ability to form judgments from conflicting evidence;
- have developed an openness to new ideas and possibilities;
- have improved their oral and written communication skills;
- have developed their ability to step outside their own language and culture.
Eligibility and requirements
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
- Review of research article due in week 5 [30%]
- Test in week 9 [20%]
- Major project due during the examination period [40%]
- Participation and engagement throughout semester [10%]
Hurdle Requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.
Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.
Dates & times
- Semester 2
Principal coordinator Peter Hurst Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 34 hours: 2 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week. There will be no tutorials in the first and last weeks of semester. Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 24 July 2017 to 22 October 2017 Last self-enrol date 4 August 2017 Census date 31 August 2017 Last date to withdraw without fail 22 September 2017 Assessment period ends 17 November 2017
Semester 2 contact information
Time commitment details
Additional delivery details
It is recommended that students have some familiarity with the IPA and basic linguistic concepts prior to enrolling into this subject. Contact the lecturer for recommended reading if you have no linguistics background.
Textbook: Meyerhoff, Miriam. 2011. Introducing Sociolinguistics, 2nd Edition. London/New York: Routledge
Recommended texts and other resources
Reader: Meyerhoff, Miriam & Erik Schleef. 2010. The Routledge Sociolinguistics Reader. London/New York: Routledge.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
- Breadth options
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.