Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, language structure and the social aspects of language use in various Asian societies are investigated through systematic reading and analysis. Each week, areas for discussion are chosen from Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Indian, Thai and other Asian societies. For each focus society/region, material will discuss sociolinguistic information such as language distribution, varieties , speech styles, language shift , ethnicity and identity and language policy issues. This subject is relevant for students with an interest in sociolinguistics and/or an Asian language or Asian Studies, and may be included within a major in Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese or Asian Studies, as well as Linguistics.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJessica Birnie-Smith

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesParticipation in tutorials, Assignments, Test, Class presentation

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed 15 credit points at first-year level from Linguistics, or must have passed 30 credit points of any School of Humanities and Social Sciences subject All other students require Coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjectsLIN3LIA

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. Students are able, independently or in small groups, to present their own views and the views of others in tutorial presentations.
02. Students will articulate connections between their study of linguistics and issues of personal or social concern.
03. Students will be able to relate a data set and their analysis to relevant theories of Linguistics. Students will further develop their ability to present and analyse data in written form. They will become more sophisticated in articulating and defending their analyses.
04. Students will be able to search for and locate information beyond the specific suggestions embodied in subject guides. Students will be familiar with library resources in the field of linguistic study. Students will be able to show independent thinking in their essay materials.
05. Students will become more adept at engaging with and describing this linguistic diversity.
06. Students will expand the domains of linguistics across which they are able to deploy analytical and problem solving techniques.
07. Students will work co-operatively on various tasks, and discuss linguistic analyses of particular datasets.
08. Under guidance, students will be able to solve problems of increasing complexity across a wider range of sub-disciplines of linguistics.

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJessica Birnie-Smith

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 31 - 43
One 3.00 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One hour Test (800 word equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO2, SILO3, SILO5, SILO6, SILO8

One 800 word Class Presentation (800 word equivalent)

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7, SILO8

Two Assignments (total 2400 word equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo65 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7, SILO8