LING 2036 - Introduction to Discourse Analysis
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code LING 2036 Course Introduction to Discourse Analysis Coordinating Unit Linguistics Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Prerequisites 12 units of Level I Humanities/Social Sciences courses Course Description It can be argued that who we are and what we are able to achieve socially is determined by the range of different forms of language which we have at our disposal. If we want to be convincing in a tutorial we have to be able to sound academic, and if we want to work as a lawyer we must first master the language of the law. This course explores the ways in which language varies according to subject area, social setting, communicative purpose and the social roles and identities of those involved. It examines the workings of various forms of speaking and writing - casual conversation, interviews and interrogations, public speaking, emailing and mobile phone texting and mass media articles, to cite just some examples. Students will study the nature of meaning, how we usually convey more than we actually say or write, the role of politeness in verbal communication, the necessarily cooperative nature of most forms of communication, and what makes texts cohesive and coherent. We are particularly interested in working with text, that is, larger units of meaning than a clause or sentence. Students will develop skills in analysing the properties of different texts, in characterizing the interpersonal stances adopted by speakers and writers, and in identifying and classifying the various genres or texts types which operate in particular social settings.
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Campus: North Terrace Room: Napier Building, room 918
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Campus: North Terrace Room: Napier Building, room 908
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The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Introduce students to the different interpretations of discourse across the social sciences. 2 Encourage awareness of the ways in which discourse practices vary across social, cultural and linguistic boundaries, and how this impacts within local and global contexts. 3 Develop student ability to critically evaluate written materials in the field of discourse and discourse analysis. 4 Engage students in integrating tools from linguistics and also social theory as a key method in discourse analysis. 5 Develop student understanding of the different tools of analysis utilised specifically within Linguistics. 6 Provide students with transferable skills that can be applied in other university courses and in professional and personal contexts beyond the university. 7 Help students to use new knowledge to better prepare and deliver coherently and logically. argued written assignments. 8 Support students to critically evaluate their own and others’ written texts. 9 Model for students how to engage productively and respectfully with their peers.
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3,4,5 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2,3,4,5,8 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 6,7 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4,9 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 6,7,8 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2, 4 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 2,4,9 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5,6,7
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Course Reader: LING 2036 Introduction to Discourse Analysis
The Barr Smith Library has a good collection of resources in the field of discourse studies, discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis and multimodal discourse analysis.
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- LING 2036 course profile
- Power point lecture notes
- Audio recordings of lectures
- Additional seminar material
- Further information about assessment tasks.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
The course is built around a series of lectures which introduce the students to the range of interpretations of discourse within the social sciences, but which give emphasis to those within the broad field of linguistics and specifically within SFL. The two hour lectures will provide a combination of input as well as small group activities. The lectures will be complemented by weekly one-hour seminars in which the students will have the opportunity to work in a more experiential way with the ideas, tools and resources introduced in the lectures. The hands-on practices within the seminars will prepare students for the assessment tasks of analysing samples of spoken and written discourse provided within the course.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 2-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester 1 x 1-hour tutorial (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester 4 hours reading per week 48 hours per semester 3 hours research and preparation per week 36 hours per semester 3 hours assignment preparation each week 36 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week Lectures Assignment date Week 1 Introduction to discourse analysis Week 2 Approaches to discourse analysis with a focus on Linguistics Week 3 Genre Week 4 Genre/Register Week 5 Periodicity Assignment 1 Test:
Week 6 Ideation Week 7 Appraisal part 1 Week 8 Appraisal part 2 Week 9 Conjunction Assignment 2 Test:
Week 10 Critical Discourse Analysis Week 11 Positive Discourse Analysis Week 12 Multi-modality Week 13 Assignment 3:
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Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Test – discourse semantic resources Summative
30% Test – discourse semantic resources Summative Week 9 30% Group presentation Summative Week 13 30% Attendance and participation Throughout the course 10%
Assignment 1 is a test of the discourse tools which have been covered in the first weeks of the course. It asks for the analysis of a number of spoken and written texts using the tools for analysis presented in the lectures and seminars. Assignment 2 adds another set of analytic tools to be understood and controlled.
Assignment 3 is a group task with a seminar presentation. It asks for a review of articles from the field of discourse studies or discourse analysis in a group of four. A number of readings will be made available online and these will be reviewed, according to the guidelines provided. Each group will prepare an oral presentation of 15 minutes, with 5 minutes to respond to questions at the end of the talk. Each group will prepare a power point presentation which is to be submitted as part of the assignment. This assignment is marked as a group assignment and each member of the group is expected to contribute to the presentation and the power point.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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