Re-awakening Australian Languages (KOCR3607)


Australia holds an unenviable record for its loss of Indigenous languages and actively pursues a de facto policy of English monolingualism. This unit examines how Indigenous communities are resisting this trend and reviving so-called extinct languages through examining the roles of language policy and planning, community activism, language centres, education, technology and the linguistic processes involved. Lecture and seminar content is supplemented by a fieldwork excursion (at additional cost) to a regional language centre and associated school programs.

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Further unit of study information


1x2hr seminar/week, Fieldwork excursion


1x900wd Tutorial paper (20%), 1x1800wd Essay (40%), 1x1800wd Field report (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


KOCR2600 or LNGS2611 or KOCR2605 or 18 credit points of Indigenous Studies

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.