EN6496 Critical Discourse Analysis

Part I

 

Course Duration: 1 semester

No. of Credit Units: 3

Level: P6
Medium of instruction: English

Prerequisites: Nil

Precursors:  Nil

Equivalent Courses:  Nil

Exclusive Courses:  Nil

 

Part II

 

Course Aims

Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) focuses its inquiry on the concepts of power, ideology and hegemony through an exploration of text and context (e.g. local, institutional and societal domains). This course is designed to foster critical understanding of how language is encoded and loaded with different cultural and ideological values and the different ways in which language can be used to mediate ideological representations and constructions of different socio-political and cultural categories, constructs and issues. The course will provide students with a working knowledge of CDA and its application to qualitative research and analysis of different public discourses.

 

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs)

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

 

No.

CILOs

Weighting

(if applicable)

1.

Acquire an understanding of the theories of ideology and hegemony to better understand the ideological nature of language and discourse, and how these ideologies are proliferated through hegemonic discourses.

 

 

2.

Acquire an understanding of different possible approaches to critical analysis, and combining elements of these approaches to create a multi-perspective framework.

 

 

3.

Understand how socio-political and cultural categories and issues are constructed through everyday public discourses, including political, media and business discourse.

 

 

4.

Employ critical discourse analytical methods to analyze various public discourses to demystify asymmetrical power relations and uncover hidden ideologies.

 

 

Teaching and learning Activities (TLAs)
(Indicative of likely activities and tasks designed to assess how well the students achieve the CILOs. Final details will be provided to students in their first week of attendance in this course)

This section is indicative of likely activities and tasks students will undertake to learn in this course. Final details will be provided to students in their first week of attendance in this course.

CILO No

TLAs

Weeks

(if applicable)

CILOs

1&2

Lectures and readings will help acquaint students with the different perspectives scholars have on ideology, propaganda and Gramsci’s notion of hegemony, in addition to different approaches to critical analysis, including study of a multi-perspective approach.

 

 

CILOs 3&4

Critical analysis of ideological public discourses in class and through group work, including newspaper articles, political speeches, advertisements, various visuals, reports, press releases etc. will help students apply theories and concepts to actual instances of public discourses.

 

Assessment Tasks/Activities
(Indicative of likely activities and tasks designed to assess how well the students achieve the CILOs. Final details will be provided to students in their first week of attendance in this course)

This section is indicative of likely activities and tasks students will undertake to learn in this course. Final details will be provided to students in their first week of attendance in this course.

CILO No.

Type of assessment tasks/activities

Weighting

(if applicable)

Remarks

CILOs

1&2

Term Essay
The term essay will test students’ capacity to do outside research, make connections between different concepts, critically describe some primary theories in Critical Discourse Analysis, and generally demonstrate their understanding of the co-constructive nature of language, power and ideology.

 

20%

Individual work

CILOs

3&4

 

Class Work
Students will be asked in class to conduct critical analysis of different types of public discourse in small groups in order to practice the application of learnt theories, concepts and methods to actual instances of public discourse.

20%

Group work

CILO

3&4

Research Project
Students will conduct a semester-long research project, whereby they will pick a particular social issue of interest to them (democracy, abortion, same-sex marriages, global warming etc.) and analyze a selection of 10-15 texts (of a variety of genres) illustrating different perspectives on the social issue, drawing a conclusion at the end of the project on the contentious discourse surrounding the particular social issues.

60%

Individual work

Grading of Student Achievement: Refer to Grading of Courses in the Academic Regulations
Grading pattern: Standard (A+, A, A-….F). Grading is based on student performance in assessment tasks/activities.

Part III

Keyword Syllabus

Culture and reality; discourse and power; theories of ideology and hegemony; methods of critical discourse analysis; discourse-historical approach; critical metaphor analysis; multi-perspective analysis; public discourse; text and context.

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