Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students are expected to:

  • Understand the historical development of gender and discourse in various societies and social situations
  • Make links between their own social experience and the topic of gender and discourse
  • Be able to use discourse analysis to examine issues of gender and discourse
  • Conduct a research project on gender and discourse (focus and methodology must first be approved in consultation with the instructor)




There are three class-hours each week (Tuesdays 16:30—18:20 & Fridays 17:30—18:20; location CPD 3.01). There will be 12 Tuesday sessions, a combination of lecture and discussion (group and whole-class) in which students will investigate, discuss, and debate various issues of gender, language, and discourse; the Friday hour will be used for tutorials and writing assignments. Attendance is required at all sessions. You will also attend 2 individual half-hour consultation sessions with the instructor, one before Reading Week, and one towards the end of the semester (both sessions to discuss your research project).




Assessment will be continuous and based 100% on coursework. That said, your final grade will also be affected by attendance and participation.

In-class writing assignments (2 x 20%)


Research paper





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.



Last updated: 12 July 2018