MSc in English Language and English Linguistics - Discourse Studies (Option) ENGLANG5076
- Academic Session: 2021-22
- School: School of Critical Studies
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Semester 2
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
This component focuses on written texts, examining models of discourse which provide practical insights into the structure and cognitive processing of these texts. Students will study a number of approaches and will look critically at the models suggested by well-known text linguists, stylisticians and (critical) discourse analysts. Teaching on this module includes a selection of work from the following topics: discourse structures, stylistic analysis, cognitive processing of texts, forensic issues, narrative and non-narrative texts, socio-political analysis of texts, pragmatics.
2 hour weekly seminars for 10 weeks
Requirements of Entry
Standard entry to Masters at College level.
A summative essay or (when appropriate) portfolio of essays/exercises, amounting to 5000 words
This course aims to provide an overview of different areas of discourse studies, facilitating a critical understanding of a range of approaches and methodologies for each, and familiarising students with the main research tools. It aims to provide a framework within which students can undertake research into text linguistics and discourse analysis.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students should be able to:
■ Acquire an advanced understanding of the analytic tools needed to study a special topic in Discourse Studies
■ analyse a body of data relevant to the topic, using quantitative or qualitative methods or a combination of the two
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.