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Political Linguistics

2019/2020
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
5
ECTS credits
Delivered at:
School of Social Sciences
Course type:
Compulsory course
When:
1 year, 2, 3 module

Instructors

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This is a compulsory core course offered to MA students specializing in Political Linguistics in the 1st year of studies in the 2-3 modules. The overall course workload is 190 hrs., including 72 hrs. of classroom interaction and 118 hrs. of self-study. The course aims firstly to familiarize students with the subject matter and problematic of political linguistics, with the research questions that a political linguist can ask. Secondly, the course will introduce students to the key terms and concepts in political linguistics, in particular the key concept of discourse. Thirdly, the course will introduce students to the research methodologies and methods of studying political discourse with a particular emphasis on critical discourse analysis. Finally, students will learn how to apply critical discourse analysis methodology to the study of political discourse, how to make well-founded research claims and present them fellow students.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • to train MA students specializing in Political Linguistics to conduct independent research and manage research projects in the area of generating, commenting on and analyzing political texts;
  • to train MA students to formulate a research question, to critically reflect on and assess the existing research methods and methodologies and find appropriate and most effective ways of approaching particular research problems;
  • to train MA students to formulate, present and discuss one’s own an others’ arguments;
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • formulate a research problem in political linguistics terms and suggest the most appropriate and effective way of approaching it
  • apply key concepts and frameworks in applied linguistics to the analysis of specific problems in the area of the interrelationship of politics and language
  • analyze the advantages and disadvantages of using specific methods and techniques in political linguistics research
  • analyze the advantages and disadvantages of using specific methods and technologies in political linguistics research
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • The Language of Politics and the Politics of Language
    Different dimensions of interaction between language and politics. The language of politics: do politicians have their own language? The politics of language: performing ethnic, national, social, gender identity through language. Communication (speech) impact and manipulation. Linguistic and extralinguistic preconditions of communication (speech) impact.
  • Key terms and concepts in political linguistics
    Political communication: what makes communication political? Varieties of political communication, main actors and their objectives. Political communication as discourse. Text and discourse. Discourse as a unit of language and a social practice. Media and political discourse as forms of institutionalized social practice.
  • Methods of researching the linguistic personality of a politician
    Theory of linguistic personality. Levels of linguistic personality: semantic, cognitive and pragmatic. A politician’s linguistic personality. Methods of researching the linguistic personality of a politician.
  • Methods of political discourse analysis
    Critical discourse analysis (T. van Dijk). Critical discourse theory of political argumentation (N. Fairclough). Poststructuralist discourse analysis (E.Laclau and Ch.Mouffe).
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Colloquium on the topic "Politics and Literature "
  • non-blocking Written home assignment
  • non-blocking Participation and attendance
  • non-blocking Written exam (essay)
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.25 * Colloquium on the topic "Politics and Literature " + 0.15 * Participation and attendance + 0.35 * Written exam (essay) + 0.25 * Written home assignment
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Discourse and Communication : New Approaches to the Analysis of Mass Media Discourse and Communication, edited by Teun A. Van Dijk, De Gruyter, Inc., 2011. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=3042341.
  • Tannen, Deborah, et al. The Handbook of Discourse Analysis, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2015. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1895501.
  • Введение в прикладную лингвистику, [учебник], Московский гос. ун-т им. М. В. Ломоносова, Филологический фак., 5-е изд., 367 с., Баранов, А. Н., 2017

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Language, Power and Ideology : Studies in political discourse, edited by Ruth Wodak, John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1989. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=673092.
  • Scollon, Ron, and Scollon, Suzie Wong. Discourses in Place : Language in the Material World, Routledge, 2003. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=172831.