Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics

Coursework

Graduates of the Masters of Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics are uniquely qualified to apply linguistic skills and know-how in today’s globalised professional and community settings.

The course has a special emphasis on cultural diversity in the language of professional and social engagement. Students learn core concepts of language and culture, and gain skills in applying them in areas ranging from business to education, community relations, media, medicine, and law.

The program offers exciting opportunities for students to deepen their knowledge of linguistics and crosscultural communication, and to develop new skills by putting that knowledge into practice.

In core units of study, students analyse the grammar and discourse function of language in both spoken and written registers. They study ways in which language connects with visual context, including gesture, image, film and sound, while paying special attention to social media and digital platforms.

Students develop a critical awareness of the connections between language, culture, and society, and their relation to differences in the forms of power and opportunity that are available to people in an ever-globalising world, depending on the language – or kind of language – they use.

Graduates from this program will be equipped to address a range of real world issues in language and communication. They will explore areas as diverse as public relations in business, broadening literacy in multilingual education, avoiding cultural misunderstandings in community engagement, navigating legal language, interpreting news discourse, and improving doctor/patient communication in health settings.

The program’s advanced units of study provide students with opportunities to gain experience and skills in professional practice relating to applications of crosscultural and linguistic knowledge and skills. They will also pursue more academically focused research as a foundation for higher degree research.

Awards and requirements

Please refer to the course rules in this handbook for information on the specific admission requirements for different award courses.

Master of Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics
Candidates for the Master of Applied Linguistics must complete 96 credit points including:

  • a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study.
  • a maximum of 66 credit points of elective units of study
  • a minimum of 6 credit points of capstone units of study


Graduate Diploma in Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics
Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics must complete 48 credit points including:

  • 24 credit points of core units of study
  • 24 credit points of elective units of study


Graduate Certificate in Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics
Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Crosscultural and Applied Linguistics must complete 24 credit points including:

  • 24 credit points of core units of study

As not all core units are offered in one particular semester, Grad Cert students who intend to complete the degree in one semester should email the Degree Coordinator to obtain approval to select the remaining units from the list of electives to count as core and for the Degree coordinator to directly request Faculty Services for Special Permission.


Candidates who have completed previous study in a relevant discipline may be eligible for a reduction in the requirements in accordance with the table below.

Level of prior learning Full-time duration Credit points to complete
AQF Level 7 eg. a bachelor's degree in a relevant dicipline 1.5 years 72
Relevant professional experience equivalent to a Graduate Certificate 1 year 48
AQF Level 8 eg. Honours in a relevant dicipline 1 year 48

 

Contact

Department of Linguistics website: sydney.edu.au/arts/linguistics
School of Literature, Art and Media website:sydney.edu.au/arts/slam

Degree Coordinator
Associate Professor Ahmar Mahboob
Phone: + 61 2 9351 3548
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