Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject students explore some of the ways in which language is used. The emphasis is on understanding and describing how people actually make use of language and how this impacts on communication, particularly between native speakers and learners of a language and their settings. Theoretical and practical issues in the investigation of authentic language use are considered, and the practical implications for teachers, language curriculum developers and others involved in interactions are explored.


Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorShem Macdonald

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesStudents will explore and question how established theories of Language & Power, Language & Style, Language and Gendered Identities, Language and Ethnicity can be used to inform an understanding of linguistic landscapes and how these are viewed by individuals from diverse backgrounds. Students will engage in regular class discussions which focus on the  implications of sociolinguistic theory and practice in classrooms, schools and broader social communities. This will be followed by individual projects on issues of relevance to the student's own educational experience

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

Learning resources

Making sense of people and place in linguistic landscapes

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorPeck, Stroud and Williams




ISBN1350038008, 9781350038004

Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/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. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the nature of social categories.
02. Critically evaluate sociolinguistic paradigms and apply their constructs to a range of sociolinguistic data
03. Effectively and coherently articulate a research agenda that can be used to inform educational decision making.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorShem Macdonald

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 13 - 21
Six 5.00 hours lecture/seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 13 to week 21 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 11 - 22
One 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 6000-word research report Students will self design a project on linguistic landscapes based on their own particular theoretical interests in sociolinguistics

N/AReportIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

One assignment (4000-words equivalent) Students will self design a project based on their own prior experiences within an educational setting

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3