Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBA(Lang)
CRICOS code037824K
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students have a maximum of eight years to complete this course.
  • Students may select arts units from any campus, but should be aware of the teaching location as this may require travel to another campus. Students may also select units offered in off-campus mode.


This course allows students to complete a major in at least one language, with additional studies in relevant cultural disciplines and linguistics. Students can choose from one of three possible course progression models, allowing them the possibility of completing second majors in a second language, cultural studies or linguistics.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • understand and communicate in their chosen language at a variety of proficiency levels, depending on commencement level and demonstrate a critical understanding of the social and cultural aspects of the countries from which the language(s) come
  • analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge from a range of sources
  • apply critical understanding and analysis to the literature within the humanities, arts and social sciences
  • demonstrate an understanding of the present interpretations and potential future developments in the issues underlying the content of and approaches to the disciplines they have studied
  • apply critical understanding of personal and cultural understandings, ethical attitudes, and (where appropriate) the physical and aesthetic appreciations that underpin traditional liberal arts education
  • demonstrate advanced skills of written and oral presentation, argument and analysis
  • demonstrate the capacity to apply these studies in the changing circumstances of intellectual life and of the profession they are likely to inhabit
  • apply a critical awareness of international issues, good intercultural competence, and the ability to function effectively in international professional and social domains


Students must complete a core units, and a major, a minor and elective studies in one of three models outlined below, with the restrictions that:

  • no more than 10 units (60 points) are to be completed at a first-year level
  • at least 36 points to be completed at third-year level.

Areas of study

Students complete the following majors/minors according to the model chosen as outlined under 'Requirements':

Language and culture studies are available in the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Ukrainian

For the specific requirements of arts majors and minors and information on other arts units refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at


Core unit

  • ATS3816 The social context of language learning

Note: Students may count the core unit towards their required units in linguistics or most languages, in which case they complete an additional 12 points of elective units. Students should consult the area of study page for their language(s) for more details.

Model one

  • a deep major in one language (66 points) - a deep major consists of the standard major sequence in a language and further 18 points in units providing a socio-cultural context for the users of the language
  • a minor in linguistics (24 points)
  • a minor in a second language or in European and European Union studies or Asian studies (24 points)
  • an additional 24 points of elective units

Model two

  • ATS3816 The social context of language learning
  • a major in one language (48 points)
  • a major in a second language (48 points)
  • a minor in linguistics (24 points)
  • an additional 18 points of elective units

Model three

  • ATS3816 The social context of language learning
  • a major in one language (48 points)
  • a major in linguistics (48 points)
  • a minor in a second language or in European and European Union studies or Asian studies (24 points)
  • an additional 18 points of elective units


Bachelor of Arts (Languages)