University of Technology Sydney

013990 Discourse and Genre

6cp; availability: exchange and study abroad postgraduate students with faculty approval
Requisite(s): 013102 Introducing Knowledge about Language AND 013105 The Multilingual Learner AND 010070 TESOL Practicum AND 028253 TESOL: Methodology
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 (such as critical discourse analysis, conversation analysis, and multimodal discourse 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, disability). 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.

Typical availability

Spring session, City campus

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