Linguistics - LINGC13955

Stream Summary

Faculty: ARTSC - Faculty of Arts&Social Science

School: School of Humanities and Languages


Program: 3955 - Environmental Management/Arts


Bachelor of Arts (Major)

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Stream Outline


Linguistics is the study of human language. The major stream in Linguistics provides you the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of a variety of questions such as: How do people use language in various situations? What is the biological basis for language? Is language unique to the human species? How and why do languages change? How do children learn language? What is the meaning of ‘meaning’? Can machines talk? How does language relate to other modes of communication? Linguistics also provides the basis for a variety of practical applications including, at UNSW, the teaching and learning of foreign languages, translating and interpreting, facilitating cross-cultural communication, developing language curricula in schools, and improving literacy skills.

Stream Learning Outcomes

You should achieve the following learning outcomes upon the successful completion of the stream:
  • Articulate linguistic theories and core analytical approaches relevant to the study of living languages
  • Describe the place of language and linguistic theory in the interdisciplinary study of communication, cognition, society and/or culture
  • Identify diverse approaches to the scientific study of language through the critical evaluation of the relationship between linguistic data and linguistic theory

Stream Structure

If you wish to gain a major stream in Linguistics you must complete 60 units of credit including 12 UOC at Level 1, 30 UOC at Level 2 including the core courses ARTS2692 and ARTS2694, and 18 UOC of Level 3 core courses.

Level 1

You must complete the following Level 1 core courses:

Level 2

You must complete the following Level 2 core courses:
And 18 UOC from the following:

Level 3

You must complete the following Level 3 core courses:

Bachelor of Psychological Science program 3435 and BA Complementary Major in Linguistics

If you are a Bachelor of Psychological Science student, you only need to complete 54 UOC of Linguistics courses consisting of 12 UOC at Level 1, 24 UOC at Level 2 (including ARTS2692 and ARTS2694) and 18 UOC at Level 3. You then must take PSYC3311 Language and Cognition, which will double-count towards your Linguistics as well as Psychology majors.

Study Levels

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