Module 4: Text and Discourse EKIP400

Basic Studies

Anne Pitkänen-Huhta

Target group: First year students

Aim and content: The aim of this course is to familiarise students with the basic concepts and tools of text and discourse studies by analysing different kinds of texts and by producing texts for different purposes. The purpose is also to develop your ability to read critically and to recognise and analyse the various ways of making and mediating meanings through multimodal texts. In class we will examine texts produced in different contexts (e.g. everyday life, education, and the media) and analyse the meanings they convey and the effect they have on the target audience and society in general.

Mode of study: lectures, analysing texts in groups and producing texts in groups.

Assessment: regular attendance, assignments and a course paper.

Roger Noël Smith

Aim and content: Students usually come to the department without having studied literature to any great extent previously. This course is designed therefore as an introduction to some of the most commonly used a practical approaches to reading that enable the reader as critic to discuss the content and form of literary texts, and to appreciate relationships between form and meaning.

Mode of Study: Presentations by the course tutor; work on tasks at home; reading, discussion and work on tasks in the classes.

Required reading: Montgomery et al, Ways of Reading. Note: the Second Edition (2000) not the First (1992). Lodge, The Art of Fiction. (Students may be required to obtain a copy of a booklet of further material for this course, but if so you will be informed at the course itself).

Notes: This is not a course in literary theory, and students who wish to know more about that could begin by reading Peck and Coyle, Literary Criticism and Theory, starting with the chapters on 'Critical Concepts' and 'Critical Positions and Perspectives', before moving on as required to more advanced accounts in other books.

As this is a foundation course for the study of literature, full attendance is required.

Assessment: Examination.

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