University of Technology Sydney

013990 Discourse and Genre

6cp; 2hpw (lecture – inclusive of tasks, direct and group discussion opportunities); availability: exchange and study abroad postgraduate 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 focuses on two ways in which texts are organised: discourse – variously described as language in action or language in use or language beyond the level of sentences and grammar – and genre – understood as relatively stable and recognisable organisations of text. The subject looks at different ways of doing discourse analysis (from conversation analysis to multimodal analysis) and at different ways in which discourse and genre may be socially organised in institutional terms (education, health, law, religion) and in social terms (class, gender, race, ethnicity). A central focus is on the analysis of real texts (written, spoken, visual, media) and what this tells us about broader social relations and ideology in society. Students are encouraged to develop analysis of discourses and genres in their workplaces or other domains of social life and to apply these skills to pedagogical contexts.

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