Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject is for postgraduate and later year undergraduate students and aligns with the La Trobe Essential of Global Citizenship. It is suitable for students from all language backgrounds, including native speakers and those who use English as an additional language. The subject analyses the role of English as a global language in two separate modules. The module, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Communication, considers the value of active involvement in a global community and the role of the English language as a tool of global interaction. The module, English Language and Power, considers the role of English as a lingua franca and analyses the status and influence of the English language, in giving access to opportunity and raising issues of identity.


Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorShem Macdonald

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesReflective writing, Reflective Online discussions  and Research activities

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply theory to practice by identifying significant issues related to communication in English within and between cultures.
02. Critically analyse assumptions about the impact of English as a tool of global communication.
03. Critique the use of English in specific contexts and develop cross-cultural awareness related to current issues in students' social, political, economic and professional contexts.
04. Analyse texts on the role of English as a global language which explicitly model critical and analytical skills.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, LTU Term 4, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorShem Macdonald

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 30 - 35
Six 2.00 h lecture/seminar every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 35 and delivered via face-to-face.

Scheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 35
One 1.00 h scheduled online class every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 35 and delivered via online.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 35
One 1.00 h unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 30 to week 35 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Reflective Assignment (equivalent to 2,250 words) Online reflective written commentary and discussions.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Research Essay (equivalent to 2,250 words) A written discussion of issues arising from the status of English as a global language and the implications of its power.

N/AOtherIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4