Course Title: Language and Society

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Language and Society

Credit Points: 12.00



Course Coordinator: Jacob Heinrich

Course Coordinator Phone: ​(84-28) 3776 1300

Course Coordinator Email: jake.heinrich@rmit.edu.vn

Course Coordinator Location: 1.5.33

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

The course examines ways in which social and interpersonal factors such as gender, class, ethnicity and regional differences influence language variation. Other topics covered include language change over time, language contact, language attitudes, and social aspects of interaction and style. This course also introduces you to the main methods of sociolinguistic research and explores language and new media (for example email, SMS, Twitter etc.), and situational variation in language (formal vs. informal; written vs. spoken).


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:


On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. recognise and explain the ways in which social and interpersonal factors influence language.
  2. understand foundation concepts and theories of the field of sociolinguistics and be familiar with the main methods of sociolinguistic research.
  3. critically evaluate sociolinguistic theories and concepts and apply your knowledge to different language contexts and new studies
  4. express your understanding of the foundation of sociolinguistic concepts and theories orally and in writing.


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will take the form of:

  • Online discussions
  • Workshops
  • Assignments


Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources will consist of recommended references and class notes which may be accessed through "myRMIT" if you are in Melbourne and via "RMIT online" if you are based in Vietnam.

The set of references is deliberately broad, including books, journal publications, government reports, industry standards and handbooks, and web-based resources.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment 1: Summary of assigned journal article and facilitation of a tutorial discussion
Weighting (%): 30
This task assesses the following learning outcomes:
CLO1, CLO2, CLO3

Assessment 2: Paired case study and policy recommendations– choice of topics and regions (1000 words)
Weighting of final grade (%):30
This task assesses the following learning outcomes:
CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4

Assessment 3: Individual Essay – 1,500 words
Weighting of final grade (%):40
This task assesses the following learning outcomes:
CLO1, CLO2, CLO4