LING 5020 - Discourse Analysis

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

Discourse and discourse analysis are terms used widely in the social sciences and humanities often with a great deal of variation in their meaning and use. This course begins with a description of the different understandings and uses of the terms before settling on a linguistic orientation. Specifically the course introduces discourse, discourse analysis and critical discourse analysis as they are understood within Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL). One important focus from this perspective is that discourse works with language beyond the level of the clause. We are interested to understand how texts 'hang' together, as meaningful stretches of language, that is, how they are cohesive, and how they relate appropriately to the context in which they are produced. In this way the course is the next step in developing an understanding of SFL beyond the Language and Meaning Course, and in applying this knowledge to a study of how language is used locally and globally to say things, to write things and also to do things. To do this the course will offer a set of tools to work with the detail of language structure as well as to work with meaning in broader social, cultural and political terms.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code LING 5020
    Course Discourse Analysis
    Coordinating Unit Linguistics
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites LING 5004
    Assumed Knowledge Basic understanding of systemic functional linguistics or equivalent
    Restrictions Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics) and Master of Education students only
    Course Description Discourse and discourse analysis are terms used widely in the social sciences and humanities often with a great deal of variation in their meaning and use. This course begins with a description of the different understandings and uses of the terms before settling on a linguistic orientation. Specifically the course introduces discourse, discourse analysis and critical discourse analysis as they are understood within Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL). One important focus from this perspective is that discourse works with language beyond the level of the clause. We are interested to understand how texts 'hang' together, as meaningful stretches of language, that is, how they are cohesive, and how they relate appropriately to the context in which they are produced. In this way the course is the next step in developing an understanding of SFL beyond the Language and Meaning Course, and in applying this knowledge to a study of how language is used locally and globally to say things, to write things and also to do things. To do this the course will offer a set of tools to work with the detail of language structure as well as to work with meaning in broader social, cultural and political terms.
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    Course Coordinator: Dr John Walsh

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    Grade Mark Description
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    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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