Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
Monash Passport categoryDepth (Enhance Program)
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr Sarah McDonald


Language plays important roles in social inclusion and exclusion. The identity function of language marks and performs in- and out-group membership and contributes to the development of hybrid identities. This unit gives students an overview of research perspectives and theoretical issues from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Research areas include: inclusive language and political correctness; language and the migrant experience, language policy, contact languages, forms of intercultural communication and social justice.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate critical reading and analysis skills
  2. Synthesise diverse materials on specific topics and evaluate their applicability to specific research projects
  3. Effectively use research tools such as databases
  4. Present the results of their research coherently and effectively, both in written and in oral forms
  5. Have the chance to submit mentored work for publication.
  6. Develop interpsersonal and team-work skills both with their local peers and international partners.


Written work 50%
Oral presentation: 15%
Final report: 35%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week
One 1-hour workshops per week