This course offers an introduction to ways that language usage trends across society can be sensitive to social categories of sexuality and gender along with how speakers use language to project gender and sexuality. The course includes an historical view while bringing in cutting edge research, in this way highlighting emerging trends while keeping persistent themes in view. Project work will focus on discourse analysis of authentic data.
By the end of the course, students are expected to:
- Understand the historical development of gender, seuality and discourse in various societies and social situations
- Make links between their own social experience and the topic of gender, sexuality and discourse
- Be able to use discourse analysis to examine issues of gender, sexuality and discourse
- Conduct a research project on gender, sexualityy and discourse (focus and methodology must first be approved in consultation with the instructor)
There are three class-hours each week (Mondays 17:30—18:20 & Thursdays 16:30—18:20; location CPD 3.15). There will be 12 Thursday sessions, a combination of lecture and discussion (group and whole-class) in which students will investigate, discuss, and debate various issues of gender, sexuality, language, and discourse; the Monday hour will be used for tutorials. Attendance is required at all sessions and participation will be graded.
Assessment will be continuous and based 100% on coursework. That said, your final grade will also be affected by attendance and participation.
|In-class mid-term test||30%|
|Research paper and presentation (group)||60%|
Kiesling, Scott (2019) Language, Gender, and Sexuality: An Introduction London: Routledge.
The textbook above is compulsory reading. It will be available via electronic copy at the library. A limited number of paperback copies will be sold at the campus book store.
A list of readings will be given at the beginning of the course the semester and will be freely downloadable from HKU Library E-resources. Additional readings might be given from time to time, as the debate about gender and language continues. Students are expected to keep abreast of the latest developments in gender and discourse studies.