Course Title: Advanced Discourse Studies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Discourse Studies

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LANG1229

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban & Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Caroline Norma

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8306

Course Coordinator Email:caroline.norma@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course undertakes a brief historical overview of classical Discourse Analysis, Conversation Analysis and Textlinguistics theoretical approaches relevant to professional Translating and Interpreting [T&I] practice post the 1950s and attempts to make explicit the link between Discourse Studies and T&I studies. These approaches include: language use and usage, the socio-semiotic perspective in language use/function - and its implications for bilingual communication processes such as T&I and in particular the role of the T&I practitioner in this communication process -, the concept of text genre/text typology, cohesion in English and cohesion in the Language Other Than English [LOTE] etc. It looks at the specific role of cohesion in English and the LOTE for the purposes of teaching note-taking for consecutive interpreting. It provides opportunities for students to engage in intensive practical textual analysis in English and the LOTE of advanced (specialised/technical) texts in light of these frameworks.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the completion of this course you will:

  • Be familiar with classical Discourse Analysis approaches relevant to T&I studies
  • Fully understand the relationship between Discourse Analysis approaches and the process of T&I
  • Fully understand the socio-semiotic perspective of language in use and the specific role of the socio-semiotic approach to T&I as bilingual communicative processes
  • Fully understand issues of text genre and cohesion and their implications for bilingual communicative settings such as T&I
  • Be able to undertake effective textual analysis of advanced texts
  • Be able to fit such textual analysis practically into the process of T&I
  • Be able to use appropriate metalanguage in carrying out textual analysis in a T&I context



Overview of Learning Activities

Classes will discuss theoretical approaches to discourse analysis and its relevance to T&I, as well as engage in close discourse analysis of paradigmatic texts drawn from a variety of sources.


Overview of Learning Resources

Materials will be drawn from RMIT’s substantial archive of texts for analysis, as well as from immediate contemporary texts from a variety of sources – print, oral, electronic and visual - reflecting the range of texts confronting translators and interpreters in the field.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include quizzes, in class tests, essays and research tasks. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
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  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment