Topics


  1. What is ‘(im)politeness’?
  2. Pragmatic approaches to (im)politeness
  3. Discursive approaches to (im)politeness
  4. (Im)politeness and variation
  5. (Im)politeness in specific contexts 

 

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Objectives


  1. To introduce students to key theoretical perspectives and issues in linguistic (im)politeness;
  2. To develop students’ critical awareness of the key issues in (im)politeness research;
  3. To enable students to engage with issues relating to gender, power and culture, as they relate to linguistic (im)politeness;
  4. To develop students’ capacity to apply the theories learnt to authentic data.

 

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Organisation


  • 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.

 

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Assessment


Assessment for the course is 100% coursework. It is comprised of three parts:

  1. Tutorials and in-class participation (20%)
    Please note that attendance of all tutorials is mandatory.
  2. Group presentation (20%)
  3. Course assignment (60%)

 

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Texts


There is no specific textbook for the course. Relevant readings and references will be provided in class.

 

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Last updated: 20 August 2019