Course Description

Course Name

Language and Power

Session: VLNF3423

Hours & Credits

20 UK Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Assessment: blogs [40%], analysis of data [40%], study skills exercises [20%]
In this module students will consider the importance of language study by examining language in use in politics and media and the representation choices made in these domains. The module aims to introduce students to the study of language in relation to language users, the production and consumption of text and meaning and to consequent philosophical, political and social issues. The importance of close linguistic analysis in any discussion of power and ideology will be highlighted. Attention will be paid to linguistic signs as well as other semiotic modes.
Essential reading: Mooney and Evans (2015) Language, Society and Power: An Introduction (4th ed). London: Routledge.
Reading: Fairclough, N. (2001) Language and Power, (2nd Edition). London: Longman; Montgomery, M. (2008) An Introduction to Language and Society, (3rd edition). London: Methuen.

*Course content subject to change