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ALDS 5703 - Approaches to Genre Studies

(0.5 credit)

Dates: Monday, June 11 - Thursday, June 21, 2012
Class duration: 4 hours/day
Time and location: 1:35 p.m. (River Building 3112)
Instructor: Natalia (Natasha) Artemeva

About the Course

This intensive introductory course is the first of two offered in conjunction with the Genre 2012 Conference. It is offered prior to the beginning of the conference (June 11-21, 2012). Designed for students who have no or limited background in Genre Studies, the course introduces students to the major current approaches to Genre Studies in order to provide background necessary to fully participate in the conference.

Over the last several decades, genre has become a central theoretical concept and tool of analysis in the fields of Writing Studies and Discourse Studies. At the same time, scholars working in different traditions of Genre Studies (for example, English for Specific Purposes, North American Genre Theory, the Sydney and Brazilian Schools) have reinterpreted the notion of genre with an accent on its social dimensions and an emphasis on non-literary genres. In this course we will examine several current approaches to genre and discuss the social, cultural, and ideological dimensions of genres used in different settings. In addition to exploring theories and reading reports of research in genre studies, students will be asked to produce a paper investigating a theoretical approach(es) and genre(s) of their choice using tools discussed in the course readings. The paper will be due in early August 2012. Other course work could include written commentaries on the course readings and class discussions.

Who can take this course:

* The language requirement for Special Students whose first language is other than English will be waived.

How to register

To take the course for credit, registration is a three step process:

  1. Become a special student and receive permission to take a graduate course.

This part of the process is being handled by Joan Grant and you will need to have it completed before you are permitted to register in the course. Please send Joan the following by email, mail, or fax:

Once your Special Student status has been approved you will receive instructions on how to register in Carleton Central.

* If you are a graduate student in another Ontario University and you wish to get credit  for this course please contact Joan for further information.

  1. Register in the course

To register for your course, you will use our university registration system, Carleton Central. Summer 2012 registration opens for Special Students on May 2, 2012 and remains open until May 18. 

  1. Pay tuition fees

Tuition fee information, when available, on the Finance website.
* Please note that if you are not a Canadian resident, you will be assessed the international Special Student fee.

More Information

For additional information about this process, you can contact Joan Grant:

215 Paterson Hall
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario  K1S 5B6

Email: joan_grant@carleton.ca
Phone: (613) 520-2600 x 2802
Fax: (613) 520-6641

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For more  information, please contact Joan Grant (joan_grant@carleton.ca). Please include the words “Genre ALDS 5703” in the subject line.