The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course builds knowledge and understanding about the history and philosophy of research in linguistics. This knowledge and understanding is used to develop insights into the ways that problems in linguistics are conceived and acted on. The course enhances skills and capacities in reading and literature reviewing, critical reasoning and argument, essay writing and verbal communication. The course includes: discussions of theoretical and applied directions in linguistics; student-based presentations of key issues; and on-line bibliographic searches and writing techniques.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020
  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an advanced comprehension of contemporary issues in linguistics.

2. Demonstrate an advanced comprehension of the variety of theoretical approaches with which to examine and evaluate linguistics processes and problems.

3. Demonstrate a wide range of skills and methods necessary to undertake a complex analysis and communication of linguistic issues and to critically analyse measures, indicators, reports and policies.


  • Topics in linguistics, presented either as two discrete seminars (one in the first part and one in the second part of the semester) or as one continuous seminar
  • Advanced skills development:
  • Oral presentation and discussion
  • Essay writing


To enrol into this course students must be active in the following programs:

- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) [10214], or

- Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) [10726], or

- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) [40209].

Assumed knowledge

A major in the appropriate discipline with a minimum credit grade average

Assessment items

Essay: Coursework Essays

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 18 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term