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Module Title LM Linguistic Ethnography
SchoolCOS - College Hub
Department COS - College Hub
Module Code 08 22016
Module Lead Professor Marilyn Martin-Jones, Dr Nick Peim
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions MA/MSc Social Science Research Methods
Description The last three decades have seen the development of a significant body of interdisciplinary research on language and literacy within particular social and institutional contexts (e.g. in anthropology, education, sociolinguistics, sociology and discursive psychology). One broad line of enquiry has been directed towards everyday talk and the construction of social meanings in face-to-face interaction. Different approaches to the observation and analysis of talk have been developed, in different disciplinary sites, with distinct goals and methods (e.g. ethnography of communication, conversation analysis and interactional sociolinguistics). Research has been conducted in different institutional worlds - in education, the media, law, medicine - and in local lifeworlds. A second broad line of enquiry - the New Literacy Studies (NLS) - has been directed towards literacy and towards textual practices. Reading, writing and everyday uses of texts (including on-line texts) are seen as profoundly cultural practices which are embedded in particular social and institutional contexts. The empirical work developed within this tradition has drawn attention to the intensely textually-mediated nature of contemporary social life and to the textual links between local practices and an increasingly globalised communication order.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module the student should be able to:
  • Critically evaluate different approaches to the study of spoken language
  • Critically evaluate different approaches to the study of literacy
  • Assess the appropriacy of particular approaches to the design of their own research (or similar projects)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how approaches might be combined
  • Apply a particular approach to the analysis of their own data (or other datasets)
Assessment 22016-01 : 3000 word assignment : Coursework (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions 1 x 3000 word assignment on one of the following topics:
  • Provide a critical evaluation of one approach to spoken language
  • Provide a critical review of approaches to literacy research developed within the New Literacy Studies tradition
  • Outline a rationale for incorporationg one of the approaches covered in the course into the designe of a particular project (this could be the student's own research project or a similar project)
  • Present an analysis of a particular set of data (spoken or written, monolingual or bilingual), using one of the approaches covered in the course
Other None
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