Bachelor of Languages (BLang)

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Special Notes

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


The Bachelor of Languages is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop proficiency in one or more languages as well as an enhanced knowledge of the culture(s) in which the language they are studying is spoken, with the option of supplementing the proficiency in one language and the knowledge of its culture with an enhanced knowledge of linguistics. Students who complete the program will thus develop a heightened awareness of language as a system and of its role in society, as well as a greater appreciation of cultural diversity and of cultural difference.

The Bachelor of Languages is an AQF Level 7 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 3 years.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Understand and express themselves with proficiency in one or more foreign languages, using the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, and negotiate the cultural context(s) in which those languages are spoken.
2. Apply creative and critical thinking to identify patterns of language use and solve problems relating to ways in which particular language systems function.
3. Communicate effectively and with cultural appropriateness in a range of spoken and written modes and formats in a foreign language or languages, and contribute productively to group-based outcomes using those language skills.
4. Demonstrate career readiness and leadership skills appropriate for beginning professional practice including lifelong learning skills characterised by academic rigour, self-direction, an international outlook and intellectual independence.
5. Analyse and understand different cultural viewpoints and world views, and demonstrate the capacity to interact appropriately, effectively and in an ethical manner with people from other cultures.
6. Develop an understanding of, and respect for other language and cultural systems including, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
7. Develop information technology skills to access, store, manage, analyse and present information relating to foreign languages and the culture(s) in which they are spoken, and to communicate effectively with others using those languages.
8. Appreciate and manage their own personal capabilities through processes of self-appraisal, and demonstrate respect and mutual responsibility in sustaining productive relationships.

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program.

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Languages

There shall be a Bachelor of Languages .

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Languages, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 72 units, comprising:

1.   Not more than 24 units at Level I
2.   A course chosen from the Core Competency List to the value of 3 units
3.   Two majors to the value of 24 units each (48 in total) from the following:

  • Beginners' Chinese Studies
  • Continuers' Chinese Studies
  • Chinese Studies Background Speakers
  • Beginners' French Studies
  • Continuers' French Studies
  • Beginners' German Studies
  • Continuers' German Studies
  • Continuers' Advanced German Studies
  • Beginners' Indonesian Studies
  • Advanced Indonesian Studies
  • Beginners' Italian Studies
  • Advanced Italian Studies
  • Beginners' Japanese Studies
  • Continuers' Japanese Studies
  • Beginners' Modern Greek Studies
  • Advanced Modern Greek Studies
  • Beginners' Spanish Studies
  • Continuers' Spanish Studies
  • Linguistics

4.   Open Electives to the value of 21 units from the degree of
      Bachelor of Arts or other courses offered by the University
      that are available to the student.

Core Competency Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core Competency Courses students must complete courses to the value of 3 units.

Please note:
Students cannot cross-count the ARTS Core Competency course with any other program requirements, including program core courses, majors, minors, or elective lists. Ensure you read the Course Planner carefully to check your eligibility to enrol. If you need advice, seek assistance from the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics.

Core Competency Courses

Courses to the value of 3 units from the following:

Category A: Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
ACCTING 1002 Introductory Accounting 3
COMP SCI 1015 Introduction to Applied Programming 3
COMP SCI 1400 Artificial Intelligence Technologies 3
COMP SCI 1500 Cyber Security 3
DESST 1504 Representation I 3
DESST 1508 Environment I 3
ECON 1012 Principles of Economics I 3
ENV ENG 1003 Resources and Energy in a Circular Economy 3
MATHS 1005 Critical Evaluation in Data Science 3
MATHS 1006 Data Taming & Prediction 3
MDIA 1007 Digital Platforms 3
MDIA 1017 3D Imaging 3
PHYSICS 1002 Astronomy I 3
PHYSICS 1008 Physical Aspects of Nature I 3
PUB HLTH 1001 Health and Illness in Populations 3
SCIENCE 1500 Introductory Data Science - Becoming Smart About Data 3


Courses to the value of 3 units from the following:

Category B: Languages and Literacies

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
ABORIG 1001 Indigenous People, Country & Protocols 3
CHIN 1001 Chinese IA 3
CULTST 1001 Approaches to Culture 3
EDUC 1016OL Academic English I 3
EDUC 1017OL Introduction to Online Educational Media 3
ENGL 1112 Writing and Composition 3
FREN 1002 Beginners French A 3
GERM 1002 Beginners German A 3
INDO 1201 Introductory Indonesian Part 1 3
ITAL 1201 Introductory Italian Part 1 3
JAPN 1001 Japanese IA 3
LING 1053 Australian Indigenous Languages (Kaurna focus) I 3
LING 1101 The Wonder of Language: an intro to Linguistics 3
LING 1102 Introduction to Language in Culture and Society 3
MGRE 1201 Introductory Modern Greek Part 1 3
MUSGEN 1004 Musics of the World I 3
SPAN 1003 Beginners Spanish A 3
SPAN 1003OL Beginners Spanish A 3


Courses to the value of 3 units from the following:

Category C: Work Integrated Learning

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
ABLEINT 1001 Crafting Careers 3