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013990 Discourse and Genre

6cp; weekly: 2hpw (lecture); distance: online learning with audio, written, visual resources inclusive of tasks, direct and group discussion opportunities; availability: exchange and study abroad students with faculty approval
Requisite(s): 24 credit points of completed study in spk(s): STM91129 24 cp Core Subjects Applied Linguistics and TESOL
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 013087 Discourse Analysis



This subject explores how meaning is constructed in discourse. It focuses primarily on language but also considers how language cooperates with other systems of meaning, including images and body language. The subject explores how people build a sense of reality, how they shape relations with others, and how they organise meanings into different kinds of messages. The subject also looks at discourse as enacting different genres in educational, work and social lives. The subject is research inspired and builds from an introduction to social semiotic theory of discourse and genre, to the application of theory in the analysis and interpretation of meanings in discourse. Explored texts are from a range of relevant fields of practice – professional, educational and personal – and the subject reflects on how an analytical understanding of meaning in discourse has relevance to an understanding and critique of social practices.

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