EKIA408 The Study of Talk and Interaction (5 cr)

Study level:
Intermediate studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



This course focuses on social interaction and examines the forms it takes in a variety of real-life situations. It offers tools for examining how people co-ordinate turns and actions using language and other semiotic resources. We will also discuss how participants adapt their use of these resources to particular contexts and how they construct and manage social relationships in the process of interaction.

Completion methods

Contact teaching, group work, assignments (transcription and analysis)

Assessment details

- preparation for classes and active participation in class discussion
- active contribution to group work
- ability to complete coursework in the given time frame
- quality of oral and written coursework output
- ability to critically reflect on and apply the content provided in the course

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the students will be able to
- show an understanding of language as an interactional phenomenon
- identify the most important structural features of interaction
- collect, transcribe and analyse interactional data
- apply the tools of conversation analysis to data of their own choice

Additional information

The students participating in contact teaching are expected to attend all classes. If you are unable to attend due to illness or other acceptable reason, please let the teacher know in advance.

Description of prerequisites

- EKIP203 / EKIP2001 Introduction to Language Study
- EKIP404 Discourse and Literacy

Study materials

Lecture materials and list of required and recommended readings are provided in Optima.

Completion methods

Method 1

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Parts of the completion methods
Unpublished assessment item