This course will focus on the relationship between discourse, gender, power and identity. It will examine ways in which language can be actively varied by speakers according to social contexts, to express deference, solidarity, and identity. More specifically, the course will analyse ways in which gender is communicated and marked in language. How do people express identity through language? How is powerlessness revealed in talk? Is language inherently sexist? There are a number of different approaches to the analysis of discourse, such as Discourse Analysis, Conversation Analysis, Critical Discourse Analysis, Analysis of Institutional Talk, Interactional Sociolinguistics. A major focus of the course will be to critically examine some of these different approaches to the analysis of discourse, with respect to the issues of gender, power and identity.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On satisfying the expectations of the course, you should be able to
- Explain, and argue for, the ways in which language expresses deference, power, solidarity and identity.
- Explain and argue for some of the different approaches to the analysis of discourse, including Discourse Analysis, Conversation Analysis, Critical Discourse Analysis, Analysis of Institutional Talk, Interactional Sociolinguistics.
- Work in a group to discuss the different ways in which language can be analysed in terms of power, solidarity, identity, gender.
- Think about, write and present an argument related to the analysis of discourse.
Other InformationThis class is co-taught with graduate students LING6103.
Participation in online discussion (20%) as per the online rubric and two x 2,500 word essays (40% each). Passing of the course is conditional on students passing all assessment items.
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This course has 2 lectures per week and 6 additional tutorials held during the semester.
In addition to the required contact hours (lectures and tutorials) it is expected that students will spend an additional 5-6 hours per week on this course.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThornborrow, J (2002) Power Talk. London: Pearson Education
Students will be given a full reading list at the beginning of the semester.
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