Topics


Texts, texture, discourse, ideology, conversational strategies, genre analysis, computer-mediated communication, social functions, power and politeness, context, culture, socialisation, gender and sexuality, intercultural communication

 

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Objectives


  1. Describe and explain the theoretical concepts and analytical procedures associated with the major approaches of discourse analysis including critical discourse analysis, mediated discourse analysis, genre analysis, conversation analysis, Grician pragmatics, speech act theory, and interactional sociolinguistics
  2. Critically examine how language reflects socio-cultural and political ideologies evident in discourses
  3. Apply knowledge of the theories learned to real world interaction in various genres and media
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of the intricate relationship between language, culture and meaning-making

 

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Organisation


There will be one 2-hour lecture per week and one tutorial on alternate weeks.

 

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Assessment


Assessment is by 100% coursework, consisting of:

  • Participation in class activities (15%)
  • Periodic exercises for tutorial discussion (25%)
  • Final essay (reflective paper or research project) (60%)

 

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Texts


A list of primary and recommended readings will be provided.

 

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Last updated: 30 October 2017