Course Title: Global Language

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global Language

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

SOCU1046

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2013,
Summer2014,
Sem 1 2014,
Summer2015,
Sem 1 2015,
Summer2016,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

SOCU2289

RMIT University Vietnam

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Viet3 2017,
Viet1 2018,
Viet3 2018,
Viet3 2019,
Viet3 2020

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

SOCU1046

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

UGRDFlex17 (FF)

Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Kerry Mullan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2264

Course Coordinator Email: kerry.mullan@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.05.34

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course provides a general background to the socio-linguistic and political aspects of language use and language policy in the contemporary world, including the emergence of English as a global language. 

 You will focus on a number of case studies to examine the intersections of language, culture, identity and power in various national and regional contexts, noting the politicized nature of both individual and government decisions about language and its uses in the public and private spheres. You will use sociolinguistic theories to examine the dynamic nature of language in a globalised world, including new varieties and hybrids; the emergence of global languages as a means of international communication; and the subsequent threat to many indigenous and minority languages. 

The course will focus on the competing interests of different language groups and different actors in contemporary debates about the role of language and in language policy and planning in national and supranational contexts.

 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes :

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

Bachelor of International Studies (Languages) BP332LAN 

  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge of international relations, global cultures, language and economic issues to your professional practice or further study. 
  • Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to effectively solve a range of problems associated with policies and programs in international and cross-cultural settings, and assess economic, cultural, social, environmental and political opportunities and risks. 
  • Work professionally and effectively with others in diverse cultural, linguistic and organisational contexts, and to adapt practices and knowledge to local circumstances. 
  • Communicate effectively in international and cross-cultural contexts, and facilitate collaborative partnerships within diverse communities of practice, using appropriate formats, media and styles. 
  • Reflect on the experience of personal and professional practice in international and cross-cultural settings and to act in professional settings responsibly, ethically and with integrity. 
  • Design, adapt and develop effective communication strategies that promote awareness of and respect for cultural and linguistic diversity in globalised workplaces. 

Bachelor of Languages BP317 Vietnam 

  • Communicate effectively in a range of forms and in different international and cross-cultural contexts, using appropriate modes of communication including electronic, written, graphic, oral and aural forms with audiences within and external to the discipline. 
  • Critically reflect on the role of culture in communication and society and apply this knowledge in a range of cross-cultural interactions locally and globally. 
  • Work independently and in diverse teams to solve problems, using effective communication strategies demonstrating ethical and reflective practice. 
  • Adapt and develop effective communication strategies to address linguistic diversity in the workplace. 
  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts within language related fields. 
  • Identify, evaluate and critically analyse cultural, historical and theoretical practices which contextualise your professional practice and further study of language. 
  • Evaluate and apply technology to increase efficiency and precision in language sensitive working contexts. 
  • Critically analyse resources, evidence and personal experience to make ethical, socially and politically aware decisions related to language and intercultural interpretations and applications. 
  • Effectively manage your own learning, developing skills in lifelong learning of languages and cross-cultural communication. 


Course Learning Outcomes  

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  1. recognise and explain the significance of cultural and linguistic diversity in the modern world.
  2. analyse the issue of language in terms of core theories of globalisation, nationalism, identity, colonialism and imperialism
  3. apply your knowledge of sociolinguistic theories and concepts to different language contexts
  4. critically evaluate the consequences and effectiveness of language policy in local, national and institutional contexts 


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, seminars, guest speakers, the presentation of audio-visual materials, and interactive tutorial activities including group based discussion and problem-solving tasks.  

You will be expected to actively contribute to the construction of a supportive learning environment, in which peer-based learning will be an important component. Participation in discussions and activities, and engagement with the weekly reading materials is expected. 


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

A list of prescribed and recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Ongoing assessment (e.g. reading logs, contribution to peer learning, quiz) 30% CLO2, CLO3.

Assessment Task 2: Group project: directing class workshop 30%, CLO1, CLO3 and CLO4 

Assessment Task 3: Essay (40%), CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4 -2,000 words.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.