Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics

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Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics

Master of Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics

Students complete 96 credit points, including:
(a) a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) a maximum of 66 credit points from elective units of study, of which at least 30 credit points must be LNGS coded units; and
(c) a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units of study.

Graduate Diploma in Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics

Students complete 48 credit points, including:
(a) a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study
(b) a maximum of 24 credit points of elective units of study, of which at least 12 credit points must be LNGS coded units

Graduate Certificate in Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics

Students complete 24 credits points, including:
(a) 12 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) 12 credit points of LNGS coded elective units of study

Core

LNGS7002 Language, Society and Power

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr seminar/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1x4000wd Research project (80%), 1x1000wd Online discussion (10%), 1x1000wd Quiz (10%), Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Language is a symbolic currency: mastery of the standard language can buy institutional power, mastery of urban teenage slang can buy street cred. This course introduces students to key issues in sociolinguistics and language sociology such as the political economy of language, language variation and change, and critical discourse analysis. Members of the class will undertake empirical research.
LNGS7006 Cross-Cultural Communication

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x1000wd Linguistic Relativity (20%), 1x2000wd Mid-semester exam (30%), 1x3000wd Final paper (50%), Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In today's globalised and multicultural societies, cross-cultural communication is common enough. Even so, it continues to be a challenge, both for people who engage in cross-cultural communication on a daily basis, and for researchers trying to describe and understand it. In this unit of study we will consider a variety of discourse-analytic approaches to studying cross-cultural communication, including conversation analysis, speech act theory, interactional sociolinguistics, the ethnography of communication, and critical discourse analysis. In our analyses of actual samples of cross-cultural communication we will pay particular attention to the social positioning of participants in an interaction, and the ways how social relationships (particularly of power and intimacy) between participants are reflected in their linguistic practices. The unit will end with exploring applied perspectives, particularly on cross-cultural communication in educational, courtroom and workplace interactions.
LNGS7505 Structure and Function of Language

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1x1500wd semester assignment (35%),1x3000wd final assignment (65%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will focus on a functional approach to language, including its words, structures and sounds. The course considers linguistic resources for mapping reality, enacting interpersonal relations and managing information flow, alongside the expression of grammar as sound (phonetics, phonology, rhythm and intonation) or script.
LNGS7506 Discourse and Communication

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1x2000wd semester assignment (35%), 1x4000wd final assignment (65%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Learning to speak and write effectively across a wide range of social contexts is crucial to all our lives. This unit considers genre (the social purpose of texts), and moves on to consider the ways language varies in terms of what we are talking about, who we are talking to and the medium we are using to communicate (speaking, writing, texting, posting etc.).

Elective

LNGS7101 Multilingualism

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 10x250wd reading assessment (45%), 1x3500wd research project (55%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The role of institutions, social contact and language attitudes in language maintenance and shift. Bilingual and multilingual proficiency: deficit and assets, social, educational and psychological aspects. Bilingual/multilingualism programs and the bilingual/multilingual classroom.
LNGS7102 Educational Linguistics

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 48 credit points from the Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics table Assessment: 1x1600wd material development (30%), 1x1700wd material development 2 (30%), 1x1700wd material development 3 (30%), 10x100wd weekly journal (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is designed to support students in applying their knowledge of SFL and genre theory to develop educational and training material. Students will be guided in developing material for real classrooms. They will also be required to develop material for and teach an ESL class.
LNGS7109 Language and Identity

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x15 minutes (equiv 1500 words) Presentation (30%), 1x2000wd Essay draft (30%), 1x2500wd Essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines the expression of social identities and relationships through language, including the connections between social group style-shifting and registers.
LNGS7274 Media Discourse

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x500wd summary (5%), 1x2500wd image analysis/interpretation (35%), 1x3000wd text analysis (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
"Sexy, healthy and 100% Australian-owned!" This unit examines linguistic approaches to media discourse. The language of news texts and television series will form a special focus of the unit, along with how images are used to construe meaning. We will explore general aspects of media institutions (news and television), the ways in which social identities are constructed in the media, differences between the language of various types of media texts, the rhetoric of persuasion and the discourses of popular culture.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
LNGS7275 World Englishes

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x5000wd Research project (90%), 10x 100wd each Learning journals (10%), Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
If you are interested in issues of globalization and language and/or the role of English in today's world, then this unit is for you. We know that English is now the global language of politics, trade, commerce, media, research, and higher education. In this unit, we examine how these processes impact the English language, how people around the world relate to and adapt the language, and how this impacts the linguistic, pedagogical, and political landscapes.
LNGS7276 Discourses of Globalisation

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 2x3000wd each text analysis and interpretation (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit considers the discourse of globalisation from the perspective of critical discourse analysis (CDA) as informed by functional linguistics and multimodal discourse analysis. Both discourses about globalisation and discourses enacting globalisation will be considered in relation to power and ideology, including case studies of virtual communities, language policy, discourses of war and terrorism, globalisation and the media, climate change, popular music, diplomacy, tourism and international business communication. Resistant discourse strategies promoting local identity will also be reviewed.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
LNGS7502 The Language of Business

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 10x1500wd total equivalent quiz (20%), 1x1500wd presentation (30%), 1x 3000wd e-portfolio (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
What role does language play in business communication? Corporations make use of a wide range of different communicative activities, from company websites, mission statements, and corporate reports to communication on social media sites. People use language to construct and enact corporate images, workplace cultures, and leadership styles. This unit introduces students to linguistic approaches to business language, and explores the role language plays in organizations. Students will gain new insights into the surprising power of workplace discourse.
LNGS7503 Language and the Law

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1x1000wd article review presentation (20%), 1x2500wd research case study (40%), 1x2500wd group project (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Law cannot exist without language. We look at the central role of language in the law and in legal professions. Language is the medium through which norms and laws are established, from informal agreements to ironclad contracts. Human interaction in legal processes is conducted through language, from arrests to interrogations to courtroom cross-examination and sentencing. And language is a focus of forensic work, from verifying the identity of recorded voices to determining whether an apparent suicide note was in fact written by the deceased.
LNGS7504 Medical Discourse

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1x1000wd research article review (20%), 1x2000wd group research case study (40%), 1x3000wd individual project (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the way language, body language and images interact in communication in medical discourse including consideration of doctor, nurse and patient interaction, mental health and speech disorders, print and web-based health advice and the regulatory procedures governing medical services.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
LNGS7507 Language and Communities

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1x4000wd research project (50%), 2x 1000wd critical summary (40%), 1x oral presentation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
How does it feel when your mother tongue is only spoken in your own village and not viewed as a 'proper' language? Are these communities justified in trying to revitalize their ancestral tongues? This unit will analyze the dilemmas faced by speakers of minority languages. We will address how to respectfully communicate and interact with these communities.
LNGS7521 Essay 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 4-5x1-2hr supervisor meetings/semester Assessment: 1x5000wd Research essay on an approved topic (100%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Candidates research and write an Essay on an approved topic under the supervision of an academic member of staff.
ASNS6905 Asian Popular Culture

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x1000wds + 500wd equivalent oral component (30%), 1x500wd equivalent oral component (10%), 1x500wd online discussions (10%), 1x3500wd major essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Asia is fast becoming the centre of new developments in the mass media. Focusing on East and Southeast Asia, this unit will introduce major regional trends in film and television, differences in media systems, and cross-cultural understandings of Asian media. Particular focus will be on the analysis of feature films and television from Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand and/or China, and on pan-Asian developments. These analyses will include discussions of the social, cultural and political roles of media.
ASNS6908 Media Industries in East Asia

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1xpresentation (equivalent to 1000wd) (20%), 1x1500wd industry report (30%), 1x2500wd major Essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines the development and challenges of media industries in East Asia; Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR, and China. It takes a broad comparative approach to identify political, economic, social, cultural and technological factors that affect the industries in this dynamic region. The unit covers various aspects of old and new media in the region, such as development and transformation of media industries, state regulation and policy, and the implications of the emergence of new communications technologies.
DVST6902 Development: Communication and Education

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prohibitions: SSCP6901 Assessment: 5x600wd critical reviews (50%) and 3000wd research essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Development is an international and intercultural process that seeks to both implement projects with specific objectives, and change the way people live and think. Language, as communication both enables such projects and is a source of incomprehension, misunderstanding and exclusion within them. Education as the longer term attempt to change the thinking and values of people and communities also has language at its heart. This unit examines the nature and politics of language and education and their relationship within development.
ECOP6015 Global Employment and Migration

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x3hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x1250wd short Essay (20%), 5x 250wd diary digests (20%), 1x1000wd Presentation and write-up (20%), 1x2500wd Research essay (40%), Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines the evolution of international employment opportunities as a feature of the globalisation of economies. Different approaches to the analysis of labour markets provide conceptual frameworks for examining the changing character and structure of global employment and international migration. Case studies examine the effects of state regulatory arrangements and international institutions governing cross-border labour migration and cross-border employment in multinational firms, including professionals, skilled and unskilled workers.
EDPJ5020 Literacy and Language Teaching

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week commencing week 2 Assessment: 1x3000wd individual assignment (50%), 1x3000wd individual assignment (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit, literacy and its relationship to English language teaching are examined from different perspectives. Reading, writing and the teaching of these in the English language classroom are examined in detail. However, the unit goes further than viewing literacy as only being about reading and writing. In an age of increasingly sophisticated information technologies and the spread of English as a global language, ideas about literacy have changed rapidly, and these changes have consequences for language teaching. The unit takes up-to-date ideas about what multilingual literacy involves and looks at how these ideas and issues are relevant to English language teaching. In particular, the unit has a focus on the
use of technology to develop English learners' literacy.
EDPJ5022 Research Methods in Language Studies

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1 x1000wd assignment 1 (25%); 1x2000wd assignment 2 (35%);1x3000wd assignment 3 (45%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces a range of approaches to research in the area of languate studies. The unit provides frameworks with which students can review and critique previous research as well as framework for writing a research proposal. This is a required unit of study for students who wish to include a Dissertation in their MEd TESOL degree.
Textbooks
Paltridge, B. and A. Phakiti (eds) (2015). Research Methods in Applied Linguistics. London: Bloomsbury.
EDPJ5026 Language Testing and Assessment

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week commencing week 2 Assessment: 1x1000wd formative assessment (20%), 1x1500wd assignment 1 (critical review of test techniques for assessing a language skill) (25%), 1x2000wd assignment 2 (developing a language test) (30%), 1x1500wd assignment 3 (trends in language testing and assessment) (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides a broad overview of the major principles involved in second and foreign language testing and assessment. The focus of the unit is on both theoretical and practical issues in testing and assessment. The design of language tests and assessment appropriate to particular learning settings is addressed with reference to communicative language teaching and task-based methodology. Issues concerning the influence of testing on teaching and recent developments in research in testing and assessment will be considered.
MECO6927 Leadership Communication

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive September,Semester 2 Classes: Intensive mode: 2hr introductory lecture/session, 3x4hr workshops/session, 12x1hr online tutorials/session Online mode: 2hr introductory online lecture/session, 6x2hr online workshops/session, 12hrs equivalent online learning Assessment: 2x1250wd in-class essay (40%), 1x3000wd group research project (50%), 1x500wd discussion facilitation (10%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: This unit will be offered in online and intensive modes.
This unit of study introduces key concepts in leadership communication. Students will explore various structures of organisations and how those structures affect the flow of communication within workplaces. Upon the completion of the unit, students will develop their understanding of key concepts in leadership communication and apply them to analyse communication problems. Students will also be able to offer well-grounded criticism on selected communication and decision-making issues.
MECO6919 Health Communication

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive May,Semester 1 Classes: Intensive mode: 2hr introductory lecture/session, 4x6hr workshops/session Online mode: 2hr introductory online lecture/session, 6x1hr workshops/session, 12hrs equivalent online learning Assessment: 1x1000wd commentary and critique (20%), 1x500wd discussion leadership (15%), 1x1500wd research project on health issue (25%), 1x3000wd research paper (40%) Mode of delivery: Online
Note: This unit will be offered in intensive and online modes.
This unit introduces key concepts in health communication. Students will explore micro- and macro-level theories of health (behaviour) communication that inform the design and implementation of health communication campaigns, planned and unplanned effects of communication campaigns, and the evaluation of such campaigns. It aims to give students a critical and practical understanding of theory and research concerning the role of communication in health promotion efforts.
PACS6914 Conflict-Resolving Media

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive August Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week, 1x4hr workshop/semester or equivalent (total 30 hrs) Prohibitions: SCWK6935 Assessment: 1x2000wd assignment (40%),1x2500wd assignment (50%), class participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Online, Block mode
This unit examines media representations of conflict and their influence on the behaviour of those involved. It introduces creative ways for journalists, media development workers and media activists to apply principles of conflict resolution. Students diagnose 'war journalism' and 'peace journalism', and analyse conflict in a journalism context. Theories of news and concepts of objectivity and responsibility are critically explored. Students gain practical skills in peace journalism and media activism as well as devising peace journalism interventions in conflict-affected areas.
Students are advised to consult the Degree Coordinator before enrolling in the units below.
FASS7001 Academic English for Postgraduates

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x1500wd Essay (35%), 1x500wd Annotated Bibliography (15%), 1x2500wd Reflection Journal (25%), 1xSeminar Presentation (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Where students intend to complete both FASS7001 and FASS7002, they should undertake FASS7001 first then FASS7002. Do not enrol in both in one semester.
This elective is designed for international postgraduates who are new to study in an English language university. It supports the development of study, research, and critical thinking abilities, spoken English and academic language. Knowledge acquired in this unit will strengthen written and spoken English to help meet the standards necessary for successful completion of FASS Masters by coursework degrees. It is recommended that this elective be taken during your first semester.
FASS7002 Critical Thinking and Persuasive Writing

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Weeks 1-3: 2x1hr lecture/week, 2x2hr tutorial/week; Weeks 4-9:1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1x500wd critical review (20%), 1x1500wd essay (35%), seminar presentation (20%),1x2500wd reflection journal (20%), tutorial participation (5%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This elective supports development of skills in critical analysis, writing in different genres, research, presentation, and developing individual scholarly 'voice'. While valuable for all commencing postgraduates, it is of particular benefit to those returning to academia after an extended break, or for International students wishing to orient themselves to local standards of practice for academic communication. This unit is structured to have additional seminars and lectures early in the semester and fewer later in the semester so students have the opportunity to apply new skills to all their coursework. The unit is ideally taken in the first semester of study.
WRIT6000 Professional Writing

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x1000wd analysis (20%), 1x2000wd case study (30%), 1x1000wd project (20%), 1x2000wd proposal (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces theories of professional writing with a specific focus on composing in the workplace. Students will develop abilities in analysing, writing, revising, and delivering workplace texts, both print and multimedia. By examining and discussing a range of actual workplace documents, from emails to websites, students will gain a broader understanding of the rhetorical principles and ethical responsibilities inherent in professional writing practice. They will improve their ability to negotiate the relationships, tensions, and politics that influence workplace writing contexts.
WRIT6001 Professional Editing

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x2000wd Individual Analysis (30%), 1x2000wd Group Analysis (30%), 1x1000wd Oral Presentation (20%), 1x1000wd Essay (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces practical techniques for editing workplace documents for increased clarity and effectiveness. Applying theories and principles of visual rhetoric, students will learn how to improve the readability and reception of workplace texts according to audience conventions and expectations. By analysing actual workplace documents, students will develop their critical reading abilities and gain a better understanding of how to edit texts for word economy, improved design and layout, and inclusive language. Editing print texts for digital or oral presentation will also be emphasised.

Capstone

LNGS7528 Dissertation Part 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 5-6x1hr consultations/semester Assessment: Research and writing toward a dissertation of 12000wds (100%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Independent research and writing toward a dissertation of 12000 words on an approved topic under the supervision of an academic member of staff.
LNGS7529 Dissertation Part 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 5-6x1hr consultations/semester Prerequisites: LNGS7528 Assessment: Completion and submission of a dissertation of 12000 words (100%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Completion and submission of a dissertation of 12000 words on an approved topic, written under the supervision of an academic member of staff.
LNGS7501 Professional Practice

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar /week Prerequisites: 48 credit points from the Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics table of units including 24 credit points of core units Assessment: 1x6000wd project (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The field of Cross-Cultural Communication studies how people from differing cultural backgrounds communicate. The Masters degree in Cross-Cultural Communication enables students to specialize in this field and through coursework students will gain a well-rounded approach to the required knowledge, concepts, and methods. This unit is the capstone experience for the degree, allowing students the chance to integrate and put into practice their previous learning.