Discourse in Professional Contexts ENGLANG4050
- Academic Session: 2023-24
- 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
This course introduces students to the analysis of primarily spoken discourse across a range of professional and institutional contexts, such as in medical, legal, and educational settings as well as in the workplace more generally. Students will adopt a range of methodological and theoretical tools from various discourse analytic approaches to analyse authentic examples of language in use.
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 & Linguistics, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation
Essay (2500 words) - 50%
Portfolio of technical exercises - 50%
Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses
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.
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:
■ explain the key characteristics of discourse in professional and/or institutional contexts;
■ apply models of spoken discourse through the detailed analysis and examination of transcripts or other types of linguistic data;
■ critically evaluate theories 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.