Critical Approaches to Language and Communication ENGLANG5124
- Academic Session: 2022-23
- School: School of Critical Studies
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
- Available to Visiting Students: No
In this course students are introduced to a variety of perspectives on language as socially-embedded practice and to the different research methodologies associated with these. Students will develop the skills to analyse and interpret texts of their own choosing, to critique these from a social perspective and to consider how discourse analysts can make a contribution to pressing social issues.
10 x 2hr seminars over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.
Practical skills exercise (Length of text/size of data base proportional to detail of mark-up) - 25%
Written Assignment (4000 words) - 75%
This course aims to:
■ Introduce the fundamental assumptions of critical perspectives on language and communication and to outline the main theoretical and research trajectories which have been developed over the last half century;
■ Enable students to recognise the linguistic aspect of social contexts and the social relevance of linguistic theories
■ Provide practical skills in analysing and interpreting texts as socially-embedded practices
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
■ Distinguish and evaluate the most significant approaches to critical linguistics in the last half century
■ Critically compare and evaluate seminal texts in the field
■ Develop and present critically informed research questions for the analysis of texts as socially-embedded practice
■ Identify and collect relevant data
■ Identify and carry out analytical methods appropriate to the data set and research questions
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.