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MFCO414 Discourse Theory and Practice

Social practices in relation to media and society, the philosophical basis for concepts of discourse, and communication in a range of social contexts.

This is a theoretical and practical paper that will help students to develop an in-depth knowledge of discourse analysis as a research method.

MFCO 414 draws together the theoretical and the practical aspects of discourse analysis within a media and communication studies context. The paper explores the philosophical basis for concepts of discourse, provides an understanding of social practices in relation to media and society, and provides students with the skills to undertake analyses of communication in a range of social contexts.

Paper title Discourse Theory and Practice
Paper code MFCO414
Subject Media, Film and Communication
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,098.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,352.87

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Prerequisite
54 300-level MFCO points
Teaching staff
Convenor and lecturer: Dr Brett Nicholls
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning,Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Textbooks
Textbook: Glynos, Jason, and David R. Howarth. 2007. Logics of critical explanation in social and political theory. London: Routledge.

Additional readings available through eReserve on Blackboard.
Contact
mfco@otago.ac.nz
Learning Outcomes
  • Develop an understanding of the differences between hermeneutic and positivist approaches to social research.
  • Engage with the critical assumptions underlying concepts of discourse.
  • Identify the key features of discourse analysis in a global context.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of discourse analysis as a research method.
  • Critically reflect on the ehtics of social research.
  • Undertake a discourse analysis of a media object or situation.
  • Conduct advanced independent research.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Thursday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41