EKIA470 Discourse at Work (5 cr)

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



Conceptual frameworks and methods for studying discourse and interaction in a variety of working life contexts. These include ethnography, conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis and multimodal analysis. Topics also include English as a lingua franca, professional identities and communities, and digital discourse.

Completion methods

Contact teaching: course diary, project work (workplace visit)
Independent study: course diary, written assignments, project work (workplace visit)

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

Optionally: independent study: workplace visit and extended written coursework.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course students will be able to
- understand key concepts in the study of discourse and interaction and apply them to texts, talk and digital communication in selected professional contexts
- differentiate between and discuss key theoretical and methodological approaches in the study of discourse and interaction
- use appropriate concepts and methods in analyzing discourse and interaction in the context of working life
- observe and describe discourse practices at selected workplaces

Additional information

Course materials and a list of readings are provided in Optima. The students participating in contact teaching are expected to attend at least 80 % of the classes.

Instructions for completing the course through independent study are also provided in Moodle.

Description of prerequisites

Basic Studies

Study materials

Selected readings provided by teachers.

Completion methods

Method 1

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Parts of the completion methods
Unpublished assessment item