Seminar: Persuasion and Manipulation

  • Teaching

    Details

    Faculty Faculty of Humanities
    Domain English
    Code UE-L06.01336
    Languages English
    Type of lesson Seminar
    Level Master
    Semester SP-2023

    Schedules and rooms

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

    Teaching

    Responsibles
    • Maillat Didier
    Teachers
    • Maillat Didier
    Description

    In this seminar, we will investigate how pragmatics can help us understand the interpretative phenomena at work when someone tries to persuade us or to manipulate us. In doing so, we will analyse English data (e.g. political speeches, ads, propaganda, health campaigns, fake news, etc.) to see how a pragmatic theory of comprehension and argument evaluation explains the impact persuasive and manipulative discourse is trying to have on the hearer.

    Excerpts of historical, as well as contemporary English sources will be used to describe and analyse the kind of processes triggered when a speaker tries to persuade or manipulate a hearer to include new or contradictory information to his/her knowledgebase.

    Students will learn to recognise relevant features, and then to analyse their effects on comprehension processes. We will look at well-known strategies such as repetitions, metonymies, metaphors, euphemisms, litotes, irony, sound bites, fallacious arguments, amongst others.

    The course will use insights from cognitive psychology to trace the cognitive underpinnings of the kind of effects that persuasive or manipulative discourse relies on.

    Training objectives
    • methodological and practical approach to carrying empirical research with linguistic data in English
    • knowledge of the current relevant issues in the field
    • critical evaluation of scientific papers
    • theoretical and methodological tools used to investigate persuasion and manipulation in the English language
    Softskills No
    Off field No
    BeNeFri No
    Mobility Yes
    UniPop No

    Documents

    Bibliography

    A bibliography and a list of assigned readings will be made available in the first week of the semester.

  • Dates and rooms
    Date Hour Type of lesson Place
    23.02.2023 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 04, Room 4126
    02.03.2023 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 04, Room 4126
    09.03.2023 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 04, Room 4126
    16.03.2023 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 04, Room 4126
    23.03.2023 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 04, Room 4126
    30.03.2023 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 04, Room 4126
    06.04.2023 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 04, Room 4126
    20.04.2023 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 04, Room 4126
    27.04.2023 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 04, Room 4126
    04.05.2023 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 04, Room 4126
    11.05.2023 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 04, Room 4126
    25.05.2023 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 04, Room 4126
    01.06.2023 13:15 - 15:00 Cours MIS 04, Room 4126
  • Assessments methods

    Séminaire - SP-2023, Session d'été 2023

    Assessments methods By rating, By success/failure

    Séminaire - SP-2023, Autumn Session 2023

    Assessments methods By rating, By success/failure

    Séminaire - SA-2023, Session d'hiver 2024

    Assessments methods By rating, By success/failure

    Séminaire - SP-2024, Session d'été 2024

    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