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Language (MULT10015)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeMULT10015
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Language plays a central role in the central disciplinary areas in the humanities and social sciences. This subject gives students tools for thinking about language in a range of disciplines, including linguistics, history, sociology, politics, literary studies, anthropology, language studies, psychology and psychoanalytic theory. It shows how language can be analysed as a system, but also how language features centrally in politcal and social contexts: for example, in the processing of the claims of asylum seekers, in developing views of ethnicity, race and nation, and in colonialism; and in the construction of gendered and sexual identity. The role of language in the psyche, and the process of acquisition of languages in children and in adults, are also important topics. Knowing how to think about language, and familiarity with the main thinkers who have discussed language in a range of humanities and social science disciplines, provide an indispensable basis for study in any area of the Arts degree.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • have developed critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion;
  • 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;
  • have engaged with the methodologies of the humanities and social sciences;
  • have acquired critical self-awareness: being open to new ideas and possibilities through learning how to construct an argument;
  • have communicated knowledge and arguments intelligibly and economically through essay writing and tutorial discussion;
  • have demonstrated the ability to assess the strength of an argument through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion;
  • have developed time management skills and planning through managing and organizing workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


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



  • A Bibliographic Exercise due in Week 5 (500 words) [15%]
  • An Essay due in Week 9 (2000 words) [45%]
  • A 1500 word take-home exam due during the examination period [40%]

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 1
    CoordinatorsAnthony Pym and John Hajek
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours2 x 1-hour lecture and 1 x 1-hour tutorial per week. There will also be 1 x 2-hour skills workshop in weeks 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    A subject reader will be available.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 3 April 2019