Course Descriptions

TitleDiscourse, Schooling and Learning Communities


This course is designed for both master’s and doctoral students in literacy who already have some understanding of sociocultural theories of language and learning and who wish to construct a deeper understanding of the role that discursive interaction plays in teaching and learning (i.e. who wish to explore the dialogic and socially situated aspects of semiotic mediation). Course readings include studies informed by anthropology, linguistics, psychology, and sociology and are conducted from a social constructivist perspective that views learning as participation in social contexts. Three shared course texts have been selected to provide an introduction and overview of the theories and methods of discourse analysis. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to choose to participate in one of two inquiry groups.