[lg policy] Language Policy course syllabus

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LING2022 Language Policy and Language Politics
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Later Year Course
Offered By 	School of Language Studies
Academic Career 	Undergraduate
Course Subject 	Linguistics
Offered in 	First Semester, 2013
Unit Value 	6 units
Course Description 	

Language management is going on all the timeā€”from the more obvious
institutional attempts to legislate linguistic behaviour and mandate
and proscribe language use to the more subtle choices individuals make
about which language(s) or language varieties to use when and with
whom. This course introduces students to the main issues involved in
language planning and language policy and will explore the social and
political consequences of institutional attempts to manage language.
The course considers how language policy is deeply embedded in beliefs
or ideologies people have about language, and examines the sources of
these ideologies. It addresses the central question of who has the
ability or the authority to make choices where language and its use is
concerned, and whose will and whose choices will ultimately prevail.
In a world where multilingualism and variation in language is the norm
and monolingualism the exception, migration and technological advances
have generated new challenges for language policy makers, causing new
issues of language choice to emerge.

The core issues to be addressed in this course are: How and why
national and official languages are chosen and what this means
politically in a society; How language education policy can affect
members of a society; How the spread of English as a world language
has affected the linguistic ecology of societies around the globe, and
how its spread is related to the proliferation of World Englishes; How
societies treat indigenous languages; How minority language rights
pose challenges for policy makers at the national and supranational
level. Data from Australia as well as a variety of world contexts will
be used to explore these core issues.
Learning Outcomes 	

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

    identify who gets to make the decisions about which language to
speak and which variety of language is good or bad, and who stands to
benefit from these decisions;
    discuss the degree to which linguistic behaviour can be legislated
and language use proscribed or mandated;
    assess whether national language policies can be said to be
meaningful or successful;
    explain the complex attitudes people have to language,
multilingualism and national identity;
    analyse and compare how language ideologies relate to language policies;
    collect and integrate materials for a case study of a given nation state;
    reflect on and articulate how your own views on language
management have developed over the course of the semester.

Indicative Assessment 	

Participation in weekly wiki discussions (30%), case study proposal
and annotated bibliography, 1000 words (20%), Case study, 2500 words
(40%), tutorial participation (10%).

26 lectures and 7 tutorials
Areas of Interest 	Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Requisite Statement 	

At least 12 units from the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Asian
Studies, or with written permission of the lecturer.

Prescribed Texts 	

Spolsky, B.,2004 Language Policy, Cambridge University Press.

Majors/Specialisations 	Contemporary Europe, International
Communication, and Linguistics
Academic Contact 	Dr Jennifer Hendriks

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