LIN8015 Introduction to Sociolinguistics
|Semester 3, 2019 Online|
|Short Description:||Intro to Sociolinguistics|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Education|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|ASCED code :||091521 - Linguistics|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
Examiner: Darren Dickson
Sociolinguistics is a diverse and dynamically growing area of linguistics and its scope is highly relevant to all educational contexts. Some of the key contexts include the education of minority children and speakers of non-standard language varieties as well as all contexts of foreign language education.
Language is inextricable from the society in which it is used. This course provides students with an overview of the most relevant topics concerned with language and society, as well as language and culture. It provides educators, applied linguists and language teachers with an understanding of the social aspects of language, including the most topical issues of language planning and policy, societal aspects of language use, attitudes towards social dialects and other language varieties. This course is useful not only for teachers and educators but also for those who take advocacy in maintaining native and community languages, including language program managers at institutional as well as national levels.
The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the scope of sociolinguistics and the sociology of language (Assignments 1, 2, 3 & 4)
- compare different language varieties, demonstrate an understanding of societal attitudes towards languages and discuss the implications for education and society as a whole (Assignments 1, 2, 3 & 4)
- discuss the factors influencing the choice of different languages for communication in various contexts (Assignments 1, 2, 3 & 4
- discuss and describe the interrelationship between language and culture and how culture affects our everyday communication (Assignments 1, 2, 3 & 4)
- demonstrate cross-cultural sensitivity and the ability to apply culturally sensitive and appropriate approaches in educational practices (Assignments 1, 2, 3 & 4)
- compare the gender-specific characteristics of speech and understand language-related stereotypes (Assignments 1, 2, 3 & 4).
|1.||Introduction to sociolinguistics||10.00|
|2.||Languages, dialects and varieties||10.00|
|3.||Languages in contact: multilingual societies and multilingual discourse||10.00|
|4.||Contact languages: structural consequences of social factors||10.00|
|6.||Language variation and change||10.00|
|7.||Ethnographic approaches to sociolinguistics||10.00|
|9.||Language, gender and sexuality||10.00|
|10.||Sociolinguistics and education.||10.00|
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). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=03&subject1=LIN8015)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
Student workload expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|DISCUSSION-FORUM POSTINGS 1||20||20||11 Dec 2019|
|DISCUSSION-FORUM POSTINGS 2||20||20||08 Jan 2020|
|CRITICAL REVIEW||20||20||22 Jan 2020|
|ESSAY||40||40||29 Jan 2020|
Important assessment information
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.
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 (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
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.
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.
There is no examination in this course.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.
APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.
Students must submit both assignments.
Students will need reliable access to the internet.