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This subject examines the intimate relationship between language and society in the historical and contemporary contexts of three internationally strategic regions: East Asia, insular Southeast Asia, and the Arabic world. It will explore recurring themes such as the relationship of language to power, hegemony and political struggle. the effect of nationalism on language. language as a means for creating social organisation and hierarchy. the relationship between minority and majority languages and cultures. and the role of the media, popular culture and literacy in contemporary linguistic and social relations.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- gain an understanding of the political and cultural significance of language in societies in Asia and the Middle East;
- master basic level essay writing;
- develop skills to critically read scholarly literature and synthesise this with information form lectures.
- acquire written communication skills through essay writing and seminar discussion.
- show attention to detail through essay preparation and writing.
- acquire time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion.
- acquire public speaking skills through tutorial and seminar discussion and class presentations.
- learn critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by determining strength of an argument.
- be able to research through competent use of the library, and other information sources and the definition of areas of inquiry and methods of research.
- be able to think in theoretical terms through lectures, tutorial discussions, essay writing and engagement in the methodologies of the humanities and social sciences.
Last updated: 30 July 2023