Aarhus, Denmark

Talk at Work

when 25 July 2022 - 12 August 2022
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee EUR 830

This course in applied conversation analysis introduces students to the rules of talk-in-interaction and explores how these rules are used in professional settings. In the first part of the course students will learn that talk is a collaborative achievement, and that speakers use turn taking and the sequential organisation of talk to make sense of one another, fix misunderstandings, and to challenge or align with other speakers. The second part of the course explores these interactional rules in a range of workplaces: education (e.g. how teachers design question and answer sequences in classrooms), psychology (e.g. how therapists manage to facilitate a perspective shift while supporting the emotional needs of clients); medicine (e.g. how doctors elicit the reason for the visit at the beginning of consultations), law (e.g. how ‘facts’ are talked into being in courtrooms); and journalism (e.g. how journalists pursue answers in television interviews). On completion of this subject students will understand the practices of how we talk at work, and be able to analyse evidence to explain how speakers navigate professional communication.

Course leader

Jakob Steensig

Target group

Bachelor's level

Fee info

EUR 830: EU/EEA citizens
EUR 1373: NON-EU/EEA citizens


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