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LAC3001 Language and the Contemporary World

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Language & Contemporary World
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 091503 - Northern European Languages
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Gabriela Pohl


Pre-requisite: LAC2002

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
Important: Students in this course must elect to enrol in either the German or Mandarin Chinese stream.


Two-thirds of the world’s population are at least bilingual. Speaking the language of clients, competitors, co-workers and managers will place graduates in a much stronger negotiating position than relying on their native language or English alone. Successful multilingual graduates and those with cross-cultural experiences and skills have enhanced employment opportunities, career mobility and an important competitive edge. Speaking more than one language is increasingly important for aspiring leaders and professionals, who see themselves as contributors on an international stage.


This course raises students' language skills to beginning intermediate level, equipping them to comprehend set texts in their original language. Students will be expected to read accounts of important contemporary issues occurring in Germany or China published in German or Mandarin. LAC3001 builds on the skills and concepts acquired in LAC1001 to LAC2002. Emphasis in class activities is on the application of language and cultural concepts introduced in course materials and prepared by students in independent study and practice prior to attending class.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Language: a. demonstrate intermediate levels of speaking and listening skills in German/Chinese b. demonstrate intermediate levels of reading and writing skills in German/Chinese c. show refined pronunciation skills in German/Chinese d. competent application of all relevant rules of phonology, morphology, syntax, orthography and grammatical structures to express elaborate or specific meaning e. for German: demonstrate knowledge and application of up to 2250 words and phrases. for Chinese: demonstrate knowledge and application of up to 1700 characters and phrases equivalent to Elementary/Intermediate level required for HSK(Chinese Standard Test)
  2. Culture: 1. knowledge of important contemporary issues in the relevant county 2. appreciation of divergent views on selected political, social, environmental, and/or economic issues 3. the ability to critically discuss and state a personal position on selected issues.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Language component of this course 70.00
2. Culture component of this course. 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

2002, New Practical Chinese Reader, Textbook 3, Liu Xun, Beijing Language and Culture University Press.
Airlie, M & Littlejohn, J 2014, Collins German Dictionary, 8th edn, Harper Collins, Glasgow/New York.
Liu Xun 2003, New Practical Chinese Reader Workbook 3, Beijing Language and Culture University Press, Beijing.
Motyl-Mudretzkyj, I 2014, Bundle: Anders gedacht: Text and Context in the German-Speaking World, 3rd edn, Cengage Learning, Boston.
(+ Student Activities Manual ISBN-13: 9780170267274 {FOR GERMAN}.)
Xioping, Chinese-English dictionary, 3rd edn.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Angle, SC 2002, Human rights and Chinese thought a cross-cultural inquiry, Cambridge University Press.
(FOR CHINESE Online References
Fayndrich, C & Ulrike, T 2000, Klipp und klar: bungsgrammatik Grundstufe Deutsch, Klett, Stuttgart.
(FOR GERMAN Print Copy References.)
Fewsmith, J, China since Tiananmen the politics of transition, Cambridge University Press, New York, ebrary Inc,
Gamer, RE 2012, Understanding contemporary China, 4th edn, Lynne Rienner Publishers, Boulder.
(FOR CHINESE Print Copy References.)
Ny ri, P, Breidenbach, J & NetLibrary Inc 2005, China inside out contemporary Chinese nationalism and transnationalism, Central European University Press.
(FOR CHINESE Online References An electronic book accessible through the World Wide Web; click for information.)
Ross, C & Ma, J 2014, Modern Mandarin Chinese grammar: a practical guide, 2nd edn, Routledge, London.
(FOR CHINESE Print Copy References.)
Durrell, M, Using German synonyms, Cambridge University Press, New York, ebrary Inc, <>. (FOR GERMAN).
Starkman, R. A. (2006). Transformations of the new Germany Retrieved from ebrary Inc. database Retrieved from

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
TEST 1 100 30 21 Mar 2019
TEST 2 100 40 02 May 2019
TEST 3 100 30 06 Jun 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.