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Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject students learn about how both spoken and written language is used in a variety of contexts: for example, the classroom, media and other professional and social situations. Participants develop awareness of the properties of a range of discourse types and how they are constructed to achieve a particular purpose. The application of discourse analysis to communication, teaching and research is also considered. The subject is suitable for all postgraduate students who are interested in knowing how language at the discourse level works. This subject has a substantive amount of theoretical content.


Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorDonna Starks

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesLearn about different types of transcription, how they are used and why. Students  make  informed decisions and apply them to a set of data. Consider the nature of language and how it is transformed through social activity and interaction. Compare and contrast different views of discourse and debate key issues in the field

Capstone subjectNo

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Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. The ability to understand, reflect on and critically evaluate key concepts in discourse analysis
02. Understand and evaluate the nature and properties of spoken and written discourse and to apply that knowledge to a dataset
03. Show an in-depth understanding of standard conventions within conversational analysis
04. Critically evaluate and compare theoretical approaches to discourse analyse
05. Work in teams to co-construct knowledge

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