ENG4221 - Conversation Analysis

Year of Study:4
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: ENG3230 Language and Society
or with special permission from Instructor and approval by Department Head
Module Description
This module provides a comprehensive introduction to conversation analysis as a systematic study of social interaction in naturally occurring contexts. The module starts with the theoretical underpinnings and the analytic tools upon which Conversation Analysis is based. Then broader issues like the application of conversation analysis in various fields, including academic and business-related contexts, will be discussed. Major topics to be covered include: the concept of conversation as social interaction, the organisation of turn-taking and topic selection, the role of narratives in conversation and how they are structured, how various expressive techniques are utilised, how conversational repair is organised, and the ways that conversation is used to accomplish social actions.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. Develop understanding of concepts and principles in Conversation Analysis.

  2. Indentify the structure and organisation in conversation.

  3. Employ analytic frameworks and tools to analyse actual spoken data.

  4. Apply conversation analysis tools and techniques in a wider range of contexts, including academic and business-related fields.