LING334: English Language and the Media Dissertation
This course is not available to visiting (JYA, ERASMUS etc) students.
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Aims and objectives:
- to learn in more depth about one specific area of media texts;
- to apply and develop research skills introduced in LING233 (which ran for the last time in 2011/12) and other courses;
- to develop skills in planning and time-scheduling for a large independent project;
- to develop skills in writing, revision, argument, organization, and presentation.
This is an independent research project planned and conducted by yourself, supervised by a member of the teaching staff, and leading typically to a written report of 10,000 words. General areas of projects that we can supervise are announced in Term 2 of the second year, and detailed proposals are developed in LING233. Past topics have included texts from public relations, sports reporting, advertisements, celebrity interviews, web sites, news reporting, films, and the music press.
Typical plan of work:
Term 2 of your second year: Selection of topic
Term 3 of your second year: First meeting with supervisor, background reading
Summer vacation: Gathering of data
Term 1 of your final year: Writing analyses and literature review
Term 2 of your final year: Writing introduction and conclusion, revising analyses and literature review
Your dissertation is submitted towards the end of Term 2 of your final year.
Only available to English Language in the Media majors
English Language in the Media majors must take this course in their final year
For further information contact Vicki Haslam.