Language in Aboriginal Australia

Course code LING3220Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Investigates the role of language in Aboriginal sociality, both in the past and in contemporary society. It will also provide basic understanding of the structural features and distribution of Australian languages.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
1. awareness of the role of language in Aboriginal sociality, both in the past and in the present
2. understanding of the basic structural features and distribution of Australian languages
3. research and general information literacy skills
ContentInvestigation of the role of language in Aboriginal sociality, and the basic structure and distribution of Australian languages, with particular emphasis on the following areas:
1. the role of language names in the construction of individual and group identities
2. the nature of registers and their role in the construction of identities
3. kinship terminologies
4. aboriginal languages in education
5. the relationships among, and prehistory of, Australian languages
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeLING1110 or SOCA1110 or equivalent
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments*Literature review (1500 words) - 30%
*Essay (2500 words) - 40%
*Written assignment (1000 words) - 30%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term