Why study the Diploma in Languages

The Diploma in Languages is a way of value-adding to any bachelors degree. This program will enable you to benefit from the advantages that knowledge of another language can bring in a global economy, as well as earning you an additional academic qualification. Students enrol in the Diploma in Languages concurrently with enrolment in another University of Queensland undergraduate program, the "parent" program. Students will complete a program which is equivalent to a major in a language other than English as in the Bachelor of Arts degree. Students may be able to "overload" (enrol in five courses rather than four per semester) to complete both the "parent" program and the Diploma in approximately the time required to complete the "parent" program alone. To avoid overloading, students can also, in many cases, extend their period of enrolment.

Please note that in some cases it will not be possible to complete the requirements for the Diploma in two years of part time study. This is because language majors require sequential study.

Summary

  • Program code
    1602
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
    Semester 2 (23 Jul, 2018)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    16
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 5

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Entry to the Diploma requires admission to a University of Queensland undergraduate degree program and eligibility for admission to the Bachelor of Arts program.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Diploma in Languages are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Diploma in Languages. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Courses and Programs

Majors

The following is a list of majors available in the Diploma in Languages.

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Chinese

Learning Chinese at UQ opens a window to understanding Chinese culture and the Chinese way of life. A rapidly changing society with a history dating back to the 17th Century BC, China is also a multiethnic society consisting of 56 ethnic groups with a rich heritage of cultural diversity. In recent decades China has played an increasingly active and significant role in world culture, economy, and politics. The Chinese language is a key to understanding the redistribution of power in the Asia-Pacific region. There are separate majors for native speakers of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects. You can undertake specialist courses in literature, culture, translation, business and language teaching.

Chinese Translation and Interpreting

The major provides students with knowledge of:

  • The key issues in English>Chinese and Chinese>English translation, based on to the generic NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters) paraprofessional credential.
  • The key issues in English>Mandarin and Mandarin>English interpreting, based on the generic NAATI paraprofessional credential.
  • The influence of source and target culture on the translation and interpreting of written and spoken texts between English and Chinese.
  • The influence of text genre on the translation and interpreting of written and spoken texts between English and Chinese.
  • The key issues in translation and interpreting ethics, as defined by NAATI.
  • The essential foundations of language and intercultural communication.

Classical Languages

One fascinating way to explore the depths of another culture is to familiarise yourself with the languages in which those ideas were originally presented. Classical Greek and Latin provide students with a basis to further their reading and writing skills in two of the oldest languages in the world. These two classical languages have traditionally held a central position in Western education, and they remain important for the study not only of the Greco-Roman world, but also of the languages, ideas and literatures (including English) of societies that grew out of the classical world. This major is ideal for students studying a dual program, as it will enhance studies in law, science or languages.

French

The French language is still today one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is estimated that it is used by 77 million people as their first language and that it is spoken by a total of 128 million people. In this major you will study both French language and culture concurrently. Whether you wish to study French because it is one of the major diplomatic languages of the world; or simply because it is the language of love; you will need to understand something about French and Francophone culture. You are able to study French without any prior knowledge or having done French at high school.

German

German is one of the most widely spoken languages on earth, and a major community language in Australia. The German-speaking countries lie at the heart of Europe, and Australia welcomes tens of thousands of tourists from those countries every year. Germany has one of the strongest economies in the world, and is a leader in many areas of technology and culture. German language skills are an asset in many careers, including international relations, international business, tourism, interpreting/translation, teaching and the sciences. Whether you have studied German at high school or never studied it at all, it is possible for you to study German at UQ.

Indonesian

Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of Indonesia, the fourth most populous and largest Muslim majority nation. With more than 300 million speakers, Indonesian is the fifth most widely spoken language in the world. The Indonesian major covers Indonesian history, politics, culture and society are offered through the Indonesian studies major. Indonesian is also commonly studied together with majors in Asian Studies, International Relations, Business, Law and Development. In the federal governments 2012 White Paper on `Australia in the Asian Century', Indonesian was identified as one of the crucial language skills areas for development. Indonesian at UQ is available for beginning, immediate and advanced students.

Japanese

Japanese is a key world language used to facilitate economic pursuits, research and government interaction. It is particularly useful if you are seeking a career in business, tourism, technology, the media, art, literature or education. Learning to use Japanese broadens the scope of your personal, social and professional networks giving you the potential to travel, live and work in Japan and to engage with speakers of Japanese in Australia, Japan and elsewhere. More than 20 exchange programs with prestigious Japanese universities are available to allow students to advance their linguistic skills and cultural understanding through in-country experience.

Korean

Students who study and use the Korean language will gain a profound appreciation of different ways of thinking, a diverse history and rich cultural traditions. Students will experience contemporary Korean popular culture such as K-Pop, and Korean films. Korean skills will give you a competitive edge in the job market, for example in law, business, tourism, teaching, finance, diplomacy, journalism, science, information technology, manufacturing, and any area with an international focus. Currently in Korea there are many English, and Chinese teaching positions available, from kindergarten to university level.

Russian

With almost 200 million native speakers in Europe and Asia, Russian is truly an international language and at the same time a gateway to one of the world's great cultures. Your major will combine a comprehensive language acquisition program from beginners' level with studies in many other aspects of the Russians' world. Learning to understand how the Russian State has expanded and Russian society has evolved over the centuries or developing an appreciation of Russian literature, drama or film not only gives you insights into the wider context within which the language is used, but also encourages you to look beyond the stereotypes and clichés that often characterise our notions of other nations.

Spanish

Spanish is the first language of more than 400 million people and the second language of millions more in Europe, the United States, Brazil, Asia and North Africa. Spanish is an official language in international bodies such as the United Nations and World Bank. With Australia's increased exposure to the world economy and competitive labour market, being fluent in a world language like Spanish will give you highly employable communication skills. There is also a strong tradition in the areas of Spanish and Latin American literature and culture, which this major will explore.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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