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Monash University

Diploma in Arts (Linguistics)

Course code: 2449 ~ Course abbreviation: DipArts(Ling) ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 3-4 years part-time concurrent with a bachelors degree ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton - P/T only)

Course description

This course provides students with the opportunity to pursue in-depth study in the area of linguistics while a bachelors degree or double degree in other fields. Students acquire knowledge of the structure and function of language in communication, including written, spoken and `cyber' texts. They also develop an understanding of how languages differ and what they share, as well as learning techniques and principles to be adopted in the analysis and description of any given language. Students also study language and language use in socio-cultural contexts, which will contribute to their understanding of identities, social and cultural organisation, multiculturalism/multilingualism, institutions and the manipulation of power as well as the creative functions of language in texts and discourses.

Course Objectives

Graduates are expected to: 1. develop the intellectual capabilities inherent in the interpretation of sources of knowledge pertaining to the academic discipline; 2. develop an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. develop the capacity for quantitative and qualitative analysis, critique and creative thinking in the discipline; 4. develop an understanding of the present interpretations and potential future developments in the issues underlying the content of and approaches to the field of study; 5. develop the skills of written and oral presentation, argument and analysis, including other practical skills such as computer skills, appropriate to the academic discipline.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students are required to complete a three-year major sequence (48 points) in linguistics. For full information on the units required, refer to the `Areas of study' section on the Arts faculty website at

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