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Start Date
February
July

Campus
Magill

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
MBAA

SATAC Code
444391 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Entry Requirements
Selection Rank (Internal): 96.15 (for 2019)
Selection Rank (Guaranteed): 70.00 (for 2020)
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): DIP
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Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Degree overview

  • The Bachelor of Arts enables you to pursue two areas of academic interest at the same time.
  • Use this degree as a pathway to further study.
  • Learn from world-class educators and researchers – in fact, we’re number one in South Australia for research in Linguistics1.
  • Study part of your degree overseas with the Hawke Ambassador International Volunteer Experience.

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Snapshot

Snapshot

As a student studying the Applied Linguistics major you will learn how language shapes human experience, how it works and how to use it effectively in a world of linguistic and cultural diversity.

You will:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of human language, and how languages and cultures shape communication, identities and learning in the contemporary world.
  • Explore the ways in which language is fundamental to human understanding, communication and culture.
  • Use your high-level linguistic, analytical, research and problem solving skills as global professionals in a world of linguistic and cultural diversity.
  • You will select a second major which increases your employment prospects. You will graduate with advanced writing, presentation, digital, communication, research
  • and problem solving skills that are transferable across a range of roles and are highly regarded by prospective employers.

If you finish your degree with a credit or higher grade point average (GPA) you could also be eligible for the one-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Under the guidance of world-class researchers1 you will embark on an in-depth study of the nature of language. You will focus on:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of human language, and how languages and cultures shape communication, identities and learning in the contemporary world.
  • Explore the ways in which fundamental to human understanding, communication and culture.
  • Use your high-level linguistic, analytical, research and problem solving skills as global professionals in a world of linguistic and cultural diversity.

This degree allows you to select two majors ensuring you graduate with a broad knowledge of two areas of interest. You can choose your second major from the following:

* Please note that this major is only available to students whose second language is English.

You will also be required to complete two core courses, four courses from a selected list of minors (also from the above list), and two electives.

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You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Ideas, Innovation and Communication COMM 1060 4.5 Note(s): 1
Language and Communication in Applied Linguistics LANG 1062 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 6 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 4,5,7
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Intercultural Communication LANG 1054 4.5 Note(s): 1
Language in Society LANG 1056 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 6 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 4,5,7
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Language and Identity LANG 2022 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 6 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 4,5,7
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
OR
Professional Directions Program 1 COMM 2098 4.5 Note(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Communication, Work and Organisations LANG 2021 4.5
Major 2 Note(s): 6 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 4,5,7
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 2,3
OR
Professional Directions Program 2 COMM 2099 4.5 Note(s): 3
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Language, Meaning and Discourse LANG 3041 4.5
Language Ideology and Policy LANG 3039 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 6 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 6 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Multilingualism: Contact, Change and Mobility LANG 3038 4.5
Language Learning and Assessment LANG 3037 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 6 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 6 Rule(s): 1

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week. 

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • individual and group presentations
  • critical analysis
  • essays
  • reflective journals
  • research assignments
  • portfolios
  • case studies
  • online quizzes
  • reports
  • assignments

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Arts (Applied Linguistics)

Why this Degree

This degree increases your employment prospects by enabling you to gain expertise in two different areas of interest. You will learn from world-class educators and researchers1 in linguistics and benefit from our state-of-the-art learning facilities.

Study part of your degree overseas with the Hawke Ambassador International Volunteer Experience.

You could continue your studies with a Master of Teaching with one major and one minor Learning Area. If this interests you, please read How Do I Become a Teacher before selecting your courses.

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Real-world connections

As part of your linguistics major you will have an opportunity to do a six month exchange overseas at another university to further extend your linguistic profession and real-world connections.

As part of this degree you may have the opportunity to complete an overseas placement as part of the Hawke Ambassador International Volunteer Experience. This is a great opportunity for you to build professional relationships and networks.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes, employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas. 

Career outcomes

Your career

Your knowledge of language structure and use, combined with strong analytical and research skills, can lead to further study or a career in such diverse fields as print and online publishing, public service and administration and, with additional qualifications, teaching, speech pathology, translating and interpreting, research and consultancy.

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

Australian
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

International
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:


Deferment

This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.

Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I am senior lecturer in Applied Linguistics, program director of the Bachelor of Arts, and member of the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures (RCLC).

My background is in philosophy and linguistics. My interests include how language matters as a form of expertise in professions and organisations, particularly in health settings. I’m involved in projects in psychiatry, mental health and aged care that aim to improve how language is used and understood at important times in people's lives.

Dr Jonathan Crichton

Program Director

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Dr Jonathan Crichton

Program Director

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