*The first class will be held on 6 September, Friday (12:30-2:20) and there will be NO tutorial on 3 September, Tuesday (12:30-1:20).
Discourse analysis is the study of the context-specific use of language and other semiotic resources. This course introduces students to key theories and methods of discourse analysis and explores how language is used in different contexts and text types to achieve different purposes as well as how it reflects and shapes our world. Examples will be drawn from a wide range of sources such as everyday conversations, advertisements, social media and political communication, with special reference to the Hong Kong context. The main aim of the course is to equip students with the knowledge and skills to conduct critical analysis of spoken, written and multimodal discourse.
- What is discourse analysis?
- Discourse and society
- Discourse and genre
- Discourse and conversation
- Cohesion and coherence
- Spoken and written discourse
- Multimodal discourse analysis
- Critical discourse analysis
- To introduce students to key theories and methods of discourse analysis;
- To develop students’ capacity to apply the theories and methods learnt to the analysis of spoken, written and multimodal texts;
- To develop students’ critical awareness of language use in daily life and how it reflects and is shaped by society.
The course is comprised of weekly lectures and tutorials.
- Lectures (2 hours a week) will introduce fundamental concepts and theories.
- Tutorials (1 hour every week or fortnight depending on class size) will provide opportunities for students to engage in exercises and discussion.
Assessment for the course is 100% coursework. It is comprised of three parts:
- Tutorials and in-class participation (20%)
Please note that attendance of all tutorials is mandatory.
- Mid-term quiz (Short open-ended questions) (30%)
- 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%)
There is no specific textbook for the course. Relevant readings and references will be provided in class.