Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Approaches to Discourse

Module Q1082

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module introduces students to methods of studying various forms of discourse (both spoken and written). Students will familiarise themselves with a number of different theoretical approaches to discourse and will understand the methodological premises on which they are based. Having being exposed to issues of data collection and transcription and to the Conversation Analysis framework in year 1, in this module students approach the study of Discourse Analysis and Pragmatics from both a theoretical and an applied perspective. Following the discussion of such theoretical approaches as Ethnography of Communication, Critical Discourse Analysis, Corpus and Computer-Assisted Discourse Analysis, the module focuses on the some aspects of institutional discourse for instance the discourse of the media, of politics and education. Emphasis is laid on how ideology, identity, or stance are expressed and conveyed through discourse.

Module learning outcomes

Understand discourse as social practice and its function in reality.

Demonstrate knowledge of the different theories for a study of discourse, and understand and appreciate both top-down and bottom-up approaches to data.

Apply theory to an analysis of language data and make decision on which methodology is best to use for given data.

Plan and organise an argumentative piece of writing supported by data and synthesise research literature in a critical way.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayA2 Week 2 80.00%
EssayT2 Week 8 20.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
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Spring SemesterLecture1 hour111111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Roberta Piazza

Assess convenor, Convenor

Miss Trudy Cadman

Assess convenor

Dr Lynne Cahill

Assess convenor

Ms Emma Carlyle

Assess convenor

Dr Chloe Porter

Assess convenor

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