The Diploma in Language can be undertaken by any student admitted to an undergraduate degree at the University. The course is offered on a part-time basis, over six consecutive semesters concurrently with a bachelor degree, thus adding one extra year to the overall study program.

The course is offered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

The requirements for the Diploma in Language must be undertaken over at least three years; language studies cannot be confined solely to the additional year.

The languages available are Chinese, French, Indonesian, Italian, Modern Greek, or Spanish.

Students can be accommodated at either beginners' or advanced (equivalent to Year 12 SACE continuers level) levels of linguistic competence.

Admission requirements

Students can undertake the Diploma in Language if they have been admitted to any undergraduate degree of the University.

The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry Requirements.

Course aims

The Diploma in Language aims to:

  • foster the development of proficient levels of linguistic, socio-cultural and communicative competencies in Chinese, French, Indonesian, Italian, Modern Greek or Spanish
  • expose students to a wide body of specific and cross-disciplinary knowledge relative to linguistic and cultural knowledges and practices (grammar, literature, translation, cinema, etc) relative to the language of study
  • develop students' ability to analyse and respond to written and visual texts of varying difficulty relative to the language of study
  • develop students' awareness of local and global communities of speakers relative to the language of study
  • train students to form broad conceptual understandings of issues relating to cross- and intercultural communication
  • provide opportunities for metacognitive training to enhance language acquisition and maximise opportunities to progress in language learning within and beyond the classroom.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of the Diploma in Language, students are expected to:

  • be able to communicate at a proficient level of competence in the target language
  • be able to demonstrate broad knowledge of the language of study
  • have developed critical understanding of key cultural aspects relative to the language of study
  • be aware and have gained an understanding of the communities of the target language speakers
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in relation to cross- and inter-cultural communication and be better equipped to interact in a global, yet multilingual and multicultural world
  • have developed understanding and respect for local and global cultural and linguistic diversity
  • have developed an understanding of themselves as languages learners and users.

Program of study 

To qualify for the Diploma in Language, a student must complete the required program of study for his/her undergraduate degree and 36 units chosen from one language in the Diploma in Language, with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study:

  • 27 units of Language topics, and 
  • 9 units of Culture topics.

No topic may be counted towards both the degree and the Diploma in Language.

Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.

Stream - Chinese (Beginners)

36 units comprising

 CHIN1201  Introductory Chinese Part 1  (4.5 units)
 CHIN1202  Introductory Chinese Part 2  (4.5 units)
 CHIN2201  Intermediate Chinese Part 1  (4.5 units)
 CHIN2202  Intermediate Chinese Part 2  (4.5 units)
 CHIN3201  Upper Intermediate Chinese Part 1  (4.5 units)
 CHIN3202  Upper Intermediate Chinese Part 2  (4.5 units)

Plus select 9 units from:

 HIST2003  Revolutionary China, 1949 - 1978  (4.5 units) 
 HIST2005  The Chinese Revolution, 1900 - 1949  (4.5 units)
 INTR2005  The Next Superpower? The Rise of China in the 21st Century  (4.5 units) 
 LLAW3270  Introduction to China's Law and Legal System  (4.5 units)#
 SCME2107  Asian Cinema  (4.5 units)*
 SCME3999  Globalisation and Entertainment Media  (4.5 units)*

Other cultural topics may be chosen with the approval of the Director of Studies for Chinese. Students may apply to enrol cross-institutionally in the In-Country Language Study (LAN211 or LAN311) topics offered by Charles Darwin University.

Please note that the Year 1-3 language topics are delivered in distance mode through Charles Darwin University. The cultural topics are available at Flinders University.

# LLAW3270 is taught as a Summer School topic and delivered in China in conjunction with the East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL) in Shanghai. Topic prerequisite will apply.

* SCME2107 and SCME3999 are predominantly concerned with Chinese cinema and media.

Stream - French (Advanced)

36 units comprising

 FREN2201  Intermediate French Part 1  (4.5 units)
 FREN2202  Intermediate French Part 2  (4.5 units)
 FREN3201  Upper Intermediate French Part 1  (4.5 units)
 FREN3202  Upper Intermediate French Part 2  (4.5 units)
 FREN3301  Advanced French Part 1  (4.5 units)
 FREN3302  Advanced French Part 2  (4.5 units)

plus one of

 FREN3211  French Cultural Studies 1  (4.5 units)
 FREN3212  French Cultural Studies 2  (4.5 units)

plus one of

 FREN3311  Extended French Cultural Studies 1  (4.5 units)
 FREN3312  Extended French Cultural Studies 2  (4.5 units)

Stream - French (Beginners)

36 units comprising

 FREN1201  Introductory French Part 1  (4.5 units)
 FREN1202  Introductory French Part 2  (4.5 units)
 FREN2201  Intermediate French Part 1  (4.5 units)
 FREN2202  Intermediate French Part 2  (4.5 units)
 FREN3201  Upper Intermediate French Part 1  (4.5 units)
 FREN3202  Upper Intermediate French Part 2  (4.5 units)

plus one of

 FREN2211  French Culture and Society 1  (4.5 units)
 FREN2212  French Culture and Society 2  (4.5 units)

plus one of

 FREN3211  French Cultural Studies 1  (4.5 units)
 FREN3212  French Cultural Studies 2  (4.5 units)

Stream - Indonesian (Advanced)

36 units comprising

INDO2201  Intermediate Indonesian Part 1  (4.5 units)
INDO2202  Intermediate Indonesian Part 2  (4.5 units)
INDO3201  Upper Intermediate Indonesian Part 1  (4.5 units)
INDO3202  Upper Intermediate Indonesian Part 2  (4.5 units)
INDO3301  Advanced Indonesian Part 1  (4.5 units)
INDO3302  Advanced Indonesian Part 2  (4.5 units)

plus

INDO2001  Indonesian Culture and Society  (4.5 units)

plus one of

INDO2002  Indonesian Musical Cultures  (4.5 units)
INDO2003  Contemporary Indonesian Cinema  (4.5 units)
INDO2004  Indonesian for Special Purposes  (4.5 units)

Stream - Indonesian (Beginners)

36 units comprising

INDO1201  Introductory Indonesian Part 1  (4.5 units)
INDO1202  Introductory Indonesian Part 2  (4.5 units)
INDO2201  Intermediate Indonesian Part 1  (4.5 units)
INDO2202  Intermediate Indonesian Part 2  (4.5 units)
INDO3201  Upper Intermediate Indonesian Part 1  (4.5 units)
INDO3202  Upper Intermediate Indonesian Part 2  (4.5 units)

plus

INDO2001  Indonesian Culture and Society  (4.5 units)

plus one of

INDO2002  Indonesian Musical Cultures  (4.5 units)
INDO2003  Contemporary Indonesian Cinema  (4.5 units)
INDO2004  Indonesian for Special Purposes  (4.5 units)

Stream - Italian (Advanced)

36 units comprising

 ITAL2201  Intermediate Italian Part 1  (4.5 units)
 ITAL2202  Intermediate Italian Part 2  (4.5 units)
 ITAL3201  Upper Intermediate Italian Part 1  (4.5 units)
 ITAL3202  Upper Intermediate Italian Part 2  (4.5 units)
 ITAL3301  Advanced Italian Part 1  (4.5 units)
 ITAL3302  Advanced Italian Part 2  (4.5 units)

plus 9 units from

 ITAL2213  Italian Theatre (4.5 units)
 ITAL3211  Italian Cultural Studies  (4.5 units)
 ITAL3213  Translation from Italian (4.5 units)
 ITAL3214  Italian Cinema (4.5 units)
 ITAL3215  The Italian Mafia: Origin and Representations (4.5 units)
 ITAL3311  Extended Italian Cultural Studies  (4.5 units)
 ITAL3403  Italian Migration to Australia (4.5 units)

Stream - Italian (Beginners)

36 units comprising

 ITAL1201  Introductory Italian Part 1  (4.5 units)
 ITAL1202  Introductory Italian Part 2  (4.5 units)
 ITAL2201  Intermediate Italian Part 1  (4.5 units)
 ITAL2202  Intermediate Italian Part 2  (4.5 units)
 ITAL3201  Upper Intermediate Italian Part 1  (4.5 units)
 ITAL3202  Upper Intermediate Italian Part 2  (4.5 units)

 plus one of

 ITAL2211  Italian Culture and Society 1  (4.5 units)
 ITAL2212  Italian Culture and Society 2  (4.5 units)

 plus one of

ITAL2213  Italian Theatre (4.5 units)
ITAL3211
 Italian Cultural Studies  (4.5 units)
ITAL3214  Italian Cinema (4.5 units)
ITAL3215  The Italian Mafia: Origin and Representations (4.5 units)
ITAL3403  Italian Migration to Australia (4.5 units)

Stream - Modern Greek (Advanced)

36 units comprising

 MGRE2201  Intermediate Modern Greek Part 1  (4.5 units)
 MGRE2202  Intermediate Modern Greek Part 2  (4.5 units)
 MGRE3201  Upper Intermediate Modern Greek Part 1  (4.5 units)
 MGRE3202  Upper Intermediate Modern Greek Part 2  (4.5 units)
 MGRE3301  Advanced Modern Greek Part 1  (4.5 units)
 MGRE3302  Advanced Modern Greek Part 2  (4.5 units)

plus 9 units from

 MGRE3211  Homer's Odyssey: Wanderings and Divine Interventions  (4.5 units) 
 MGRE3212  Modern Greek Cultural Studies 2  (4.5 units)
 MGRE2213  Philosophy, Love and Religion: The Alexandrian Story  (4.5 units)
 MGRE2214  Greek Mythology: Gods, Heroes and Mortals  (4.5 units)
 MGRE3311  Extended Modern Greek Cultural Studies 1  (4.5 units) 
 MGRE3312  Extended Modern Greek Cultural Studies 2  (4.5 units)

Stream - Modern Greek (Beginners)

36 units comprising

 MGRE1201  Introductory Modern Greek Part 1  (4.5 units)
 MGRE1202  Introductory Modern Greek Part 2  (4.5 units)
 MGRE2201  Intermediate Modern Greek Part 1  (4.5 units)
 MGRE2202  Intermediate Modern Greek Part 2  (4.5 units)
 MGRE3201  Upper Intermediate Modern Greek Part 1  (4.5 units)
 MGRE3202  Upper Intermediate Modern Greek Part 2  (4.5 units)

plus 9 units from

 MGRE3211  Homer's Odyssey: Wanderings and Divine Interventions  (4.5 units) 
 MGRE3212  Modern Greek Cultural Studies 2  (4.5 units)
 MGRE2213  Philosophy, Love and Religion: The Alexandrian Story  (4.5 units)
 MGRE2214  Greek Mythology: Gods, Heroes and Mortals  (4.5 units)
 MGRE2211  Modern Greek Culture and Society 1  (4.5 units) 
 MGRE2212  Modern Greek Culture and Society 2  (4.5 units)

Stream - Spanish (Advanced)

36 units comprising

 SPAN2201  Intermediate Spanish Part 1  (4.5 units)
 SPAN2202  Intermediate Spanish Part 2  (4.5 units)
 SPAN3201  Upper Intermediate Spanish Part 1  (4.5 units)
 SPAN3202  Upper Intermediate Spanish Part 2  (4.5 units)
 SPAN3301  Advanced Spanish Part 1  (4.5 units)
 SPAN3302  Advanced Spanish Part 2  (4.5 units)

plus one of

 SPAN3211  Latin American History and Culture Through Film and Literature  (4.5 units)
 SPAN3212  Spanish for Academic and Professional Purposes  (4.5 units)

plus one of

 SPAN3311  Contemporary Spanish History and Culture Through Film and Literature  (4.5 units)
 SPAN3312  An Introduction to Spanish Translation: Theory and Practice  (4.5 units)

Stream - Spanish (Beginners)

36 units comprising

 SPAN1201  Introductory Spanish Part 1  (4.5 units)
 SPAN1202  Introductory Spanish Part 2  (4.5 units)
 SPAN2201  Intermediate Spanish Part 1  (4.5 units)
 SPAN2202  Intermediate Spanish Part 2  (4.5 units)
 SPAN3201  Upper Intermediate Spanish Part 1  (4.5 units)
 SPAN3202  Upper Intermediate Spanish Part 2  (4.5 units)

plus 9 units from

 SPAN2211  Keys to the Spanish and Latin American Worlds  (4.5 units) 
 SPAN2212  An Introduction to Spanish and Latin American Cultures  (4.5 units)
 SPAN3211  Latin American History and Culture Through Film and Literature  (4.5 units) 
 SPAN3212  Spanish for Academic and Professional Purposes  (4.5 units)
 SPAN3311  Contemporary Spanish History and Culture Through Film and Literature  (4.5 units) 
 SPAN3312  An Introduction to Spanish Translation: Theory and Practice  (4.5 units)