Professional Discourse and Conversation Analysis ENGLANG4050

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course examines professional discourse in a wide range of situations such as classroom discussions, courtroom interrogations, doctor/patient consultations and business situations. In addition, we will study conversation in everyday situations, as well as in different cultures, children's interactions, artificial intelligence, chat shows, and schizophrenic discourse.

Timetable

1x1hr lecture; 1x1hr seminar per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

 

This is one of the Honours options in English Language and Linguistics and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into English Language and Linguistics, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

 

It is recommended that students will have taken ENGLANG4052 Semantics and Pragmatics.

Excluded Courses

ENGLANG4015 Pragmatics and Spoken Discourse

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Examination (90 minutes) - 50%

Essay (2000 words) - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ gain a grounding in the analysis of professional discourse and conversation analysis;

■ acquire the ability to analyse a range of spoken discourse types;

■ critically appraise theories of spoken discourse.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ apply models of spoken discourse through the detailed analysis and examination of transcripts; 

■ provide a critical appraisal of theories of spoken discourse;

■ analyse transcripts of professional discourse and conversation in order to become aware of the structure of spoken discourse.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.