Study programme 2020-2021Français
Placement 15 : Critical Analysis of Discourse
Programme component of Advanced Master's in Language SciencesResearch Institute for Language science and Technology

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CodeTypeHead of UE Department’s
contact details
UL-S1-SCLANG-991-MOptional UESTAQUET AnneS808 - Philosophie et Histoire des Sciences
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HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) CreditsWeighting Term
  • Français
Français000001515.00Full academic year

AA CodeTeaching Activity (AA) HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) Term Weighting
L-ISCL-014Placement 15 : Critical Analysis of Discourse100.00%
Programme component

Objectives of Programme's Learning Outcomes

  • Have a complete understanding. Analyse any communicative situation (real or depicted) in reference to the theoretical and methodological frameworks within various scientific approaches to language.
    • Master and appropriately mobilise knowledge and methodological approaches to understand and explain the normal/atypical/pathological functioning of individuals, groups or organisations, using any form of language.
    • Analyse and model a communicative situation (individually or collectively) by critically selecting isolated theories and suitable methodological approaches.
    • Critically analyse the extent and limitations of different types of intervention in a situation of linguistic nature.
  • Communicate effectively. Communicate and exchange information in a structured and adapted way to the intended purpose and relevant public.
    • Present and structure data in a clear, precise, neutral, and non-oriented way.
    • Present (orally and in writing) the results of an intervention (study, analysis, investigation, etc.) to adequately inform a target audience.
    • Write a well-justified report about an intervention in a situation of linguistic nature.
  • Have a willingness to keep learning. Assess and pursue professional and personal development.
    • Monitor knowledge and methodological approaches in order to evolve their thinking and practice.
    • Learn from practice (based particularly on assessment). Question themselves.
    • Analyse their personal functioning and adapt their professional attitudes.
    • Continue to train and improve their skills.
  • Adopt a scientific approach. Master the scientific approaches in language sciences.
    • Appropriately apply different scientific research methods.
    • Collect data and thoroughly analyse it qualitatively and quantitatively.
    • Adequately interpret results taking into account the reference framework within which the research was developed.
    • Present research results, orally and in writing, in their native language and in English or another language depending on the specific field of research.
  • Critical Analysis of Discourse : adopt a specialist approach. Master the concepts, techniques, methods, and devices specific to Critical Analysis of Discourse.
    • Master and appropriately apply argumentation techniques, not only to argue correctly, effectively and appropriately, but also to be able to identify the main argumentation errors and manipulation strategies that reinforce them and the intended or caused effects.
    • Know the main manipulation strategies in order to be able to identify them in different forms of discourse and be able to highlight them to different audiences.
    • Critically analyse the language used in discourse, and identify the issues and effects of these linguistic choices.

Learning Outcomes of UE

Student will be able to apply the analytical framework they have seen throughout their studies to a particular professional situation and will be able to identify manipulation, and arguing techniques as well as errors in reasoning. They will have to analyse the aforementioned, describing the elements identified and their aims.

Content of UE

The work placement will be carried out in the professional environment which the student presently works in, or would like to work in in the future. Students must complete 30 to 40 hours observing the linguistic techniques they learnt about throughout their studies. At the end of the work placement the students will have to hand in a work placement report which should highlight the linguistic practices and arguments used during the placement and analyse them. The report must include 7 pages of observation and 15 pages of analysis.

Prior Experience

Students have to have taken the following courses:
- Argumentation et erreurs courantes de raisonnements
- Le langage entre les lignes
- Stratégies de manipulation (ou l'art de la fourberie mentale et de la manipulation)

Type of Assessment for UE in Q1

  • Presentation and/or works
  • Graded tests

Q1 UE Assessment Comments

Work placement report.

Type of Assessment for UE in Q2

  • N/A

Q2 UE Assessment Comments

Not applicable

Type of Assessment for UE in Q3

  • Presentation and/or works
  • Graded tests

Q3 UE Assessment Comments

Work Placement report.

Type of Resit Assessment for UE in Q1 (BAB1)

  • N/A

Q1 UE Resit Assessment Comments (BAB1)

Not applicable

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Grade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next

AAGrade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next
(*) HT : Hours of theory - HTPE : Hours of in-class exercices - HTPS : hours of practical work - HD : HMiscellaneous time - HR : Hours of remedial classes. - Per. (Period), Y=Year, Q1=1st term et Q2=2nd term
Date de génération : 09/07/2021
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