Topics


  1. Introduction to the course. Discourse as a theory: what is ‘discourse’; ‘tribes and sub-tribes’ of discourse analysis.
  2. Starting Discourse Analysis: data collection; coding and transcribing.
  3. Discourse as a resource: structural; inferential; contextual and relational discursive resources.
  4. Discourses around us: analyzing ‘ordinary conversations’ and other common discourses.
  5. Discourse across disciplinary boundaries: analyzing healthcare and business discourses; politics and law

 

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Objectives


  1. To introduce different approaches to the analysis of discourse in a systematic manner and to equip the students with main theoretical concepts in order to engage in doing discourse analysis;
  2. To introduce different discourse types in a systematic manner;
  3. To enable the students to analytically reflect on prominent discourse features in various discourse types;
  4. To enable the students to engage in basic discourse analysis of authentic discourse data based on the theoretical and practical knowledge gained in the class

 

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Organisation


The course is comprised of weekly lectures and tutorials. Arrangement of tutorials will be finalized after the add-drop period when the number of registered students is known.

 

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Assessment


Assessment for the course is 100% coursework.  It is comprised of three parts:

  1. Tutorials and in-class participation (20%)
    Please note that attendance of all tutorials is mandatory.

  2. Mid-term quiz (multiples choice and short open-ended questions) (30%)

  3. Course assignment: analysis of authentic discourse data (spoken, written or multimodal).
    The assignment will be assessed according to the following criteria:
    (a) selection of data extract for analysis and transcription (in case of spoken data and multimodal data) (10%);
    (b) an essay based on the analysis of the selected data (40%)

 

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Texts


There is no specific textbook for the course. Relevant readings and references will be provided in class.

 

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Last updated: 29 August 2017