Critical Discourse Analysis

Course Leader: Dr Olena Peftiieva

Home Institution: Mariupol State University, Ukraine

Course pre-requisites: Laptop

Course Overview
Critical discourse analysis is meant to acquaint students with the analysis of socio-political written text or speech taking into account the larger real-world context with all of its complexity. It is meant for a broad readership. CDA is a democratic approach which takes an ethical stance on social issues with the aim of improving society.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course students should be in possession of theoretical knowledge of Stylistics and Critical Discourse Analysis; be able to demonstrate critical approach to the text read or talk heard; correlate discourse and society (including social cognition, politics, and culture); improve writing skills.

Course Content

Course Content

ISR

IWS

1.        

The acquaintance with the course plan, seminar and lecture procedure, assessment criteria, and learning outcomes.

Lecture 1. Language registers / functional styles of language and basic genres

Read and study the information   “Critical Discourse Analysis” p. 67-80 from the book 

“Mass Media Critical Reading “. Add information from the reliable sources and be ready to

present CDA of an article at the seminar. 

Study the information p.7-33  from the book “Mass Media  Critical Reading” and  compile  

bulleted points to elicit  from while presenting CDA  of a  newspaper article

2.        

Lecture 2. Classification of Language Vocabulary

3.        

Lecture 3. Syntactical Expressive Means

4.        

Lecture 4. Lexical Stylistic Devices

5.        

Lecture 5. Journalistic style. Architectonics of a Newspaper Article.  

6.        

Seminar 1. Individual Work of Student (IWS).  Discussion of headline, dateline, byline, leading paragraph, body of article, inference. 

7.        

Seminar 2. Reading of an English article.

Vocabulary study: synonyms, definitions, antonyms. 

8.        

Seminar 3. Discussion of the article. Summary. Usage of parenthetical phrases

9.        

Seminar 4. Individual scientific research presentation (ISRP): Critical discourse analysis – practical usage.  Characteristic features of headlines, byline, dateline, leading paragraph

10.     

Seminar 5.  Body of the article. Inverted pyramid.

11.     

Seminar 6. Subjectivity and Objectivity in article

12.     

Seminar 7. Recognizing omission and deletion

13.     

Seminar 8. Insinuations and Presuppositions. Modality.

14.     

Seminar 9. ISR 1. Recognizing foregrounding and backgrounding

15.     

Seminar 10. ISR 2. CDA of an English article.

16.     

Group project 1: Classification of mother tongue vocabulary

17.     

Group project 2: Syntactical Expressive Means

18.     

Group project 3: Lexical Stylistic Devices

19.     

Group project 4: layout of a new approach to CDA

20.     

Module test.

21.     

Summing up the results

Instructional Method
Course includes five lectures on Stylistics and Critical Discourse Analysis, ten seminars, four group projects, and a module test (42 academic hours).

Required Course Materials
Each student will be supplied with two e-books ‘Mass Media Critical Reading’ and ‘Stylistics’; internet resources.

Assessment

Classroom Activities

Scores 

Reading of an article

5

Discussion

15

Presentation of Individual Scientific Research (ISR): written CDA of an article – 15;  verbal presentation – 15

30

Module test (written multiple choice test based on theoretical background)  

30

Individual Work of Student (IWS)

20

Total

100