Seminar: Misinformation and Fake News: a pragmatic analysis

  • Teaching

    Details

    Faculty Faculty of Humanities
    Domain English
    Code UE-L06.01205
    Languages English
    Type of lesson Seminar
    Level Master
    Semester SP-2022

    Schedules and rooms

    Summary schedule Thursday 13:15 - 15:00, Hebdomadaire (Spring semester)

    Teaching

    Responsibles
    Teachers
    Description

    In this seminar, we will investigate how the current debate on misinformation and fake news touches on key aspects of human communication. Using linguistics, and pragmatics in particular, we will look at how we can provide a systematic and theoretically grounded account of a) why misinformation and fake news have a tendency to occur; b) how they are constructed and what are their distinctive features in English; c) how they spread through social networks; d) what means – if any – we have at our disposal to counter their effects.

     

    In doing so, we will be touching on issues regarding the criteria that determine the truth of a given piece of information. We will also evaluate which aspects of human cognition tend to facilitate the occurrence of misinformation, trying to understand how certain mechanisms in the construction of meaning will be vulnerable to misinformation. Another interesting dimension in our discussion will explore the processes which allow us to evaluate the quality of the information communicated to us.

    Finally, we will study how ill-intentioned communicators can actively exploit the mechanisms behind misinformation to intentionally deceive people – a phenomenon known as disinformation.   

    Throughout the course, students will become acquainted with experimental investigations of meaning comprehension, acquiring the necessary skills to use experimental data in order to assess a theoretical hypothesis.

     

    Training objectives

    -        methodological and practical approach to carrying empirical research with linguistic data in English

    -        theoretical and methodological tools used to investigate the relation between cognition and communication

    -        understanding of fundamental processes governing the interpretation of meaning

    -        knowledge of the current relevant issues in the field

    -        critical evaluation of scientific papers

    Softskills
    No
    Off field
    No
    BeNeFri
    No
    Mobility
    No
    UniPop
    No

    Documents

    Bibliography

    A bibliography and a list of assigned readings will be made available in the first week of the semester. Introductory textbooks to pragmatics would give students a head start on these questions: Birner, Introduction to Pragmatics, Wiley, 2012; Clark, Relevance Theory, CUP, 2013.

  • Dates and rooms
    Date Hour Type of lesson Place
    24.02.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2122
    03.03.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2122
    10.03.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2122
    17.03.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2122
    24.03.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2122
    31.03.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2122
    07.04.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2122
    14.04.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2122
    28.04.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2122
    05.05.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2122
    12.05.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2122
    19.05.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2122
    02.06.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 02, Room 2122
  • Assessments methods

    Séminaire - SP-2022, Session d'été 2022

    Assessments methods By rating, By success/failure

    Séminaire - SP-2022, Autumn Session 2022

    Assessments methods By rating, By success/failure

    Séminaire - SA-2022, Session d'hiver 2023

    Assessments methods By rating, By success/failure

    Séminaire - SP-2023, Session d'été 2023

    Assessments methods By rating, By success/failure
  • Assignment
    Valid for the following curricula:
    English Language and Literature 30 [MA]
    Version: SA15_MA_P2_ang_V01
    Module 1minor: English Linguistics

    English Language and Literature 90 [MA]
    Version: SA17_MA_PA_ang_V01
    Modules 5 branches > Module 1: English Linguistics