HM6107: Writing, Language and the Brain

HM6107: Writing, Language and the Brain

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Writing, Language and the Brain
Module Code HM6107
Module Tutor Nigel McLoughlin
School School of Education and Humanities
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

The module aims to introduce the student to the current theories related to the cognitive processes involved in language comprehension and production. The student will be introduced to the basic anatomy involved in these processes, and through the examination of the current theories related to linguistic and semantic processing, come to a deeper understanding of language and trope as an artistic medium

Indicative Syllabus

This module will run as weekly two-hour seminars. The seminars will focus on subject-related readings and discussion.  Topics/themes will be chosen from (among others): Where does language happen?; theories of language comprehension; theories of language production; cognitive mechanisms for morphology, syntax and semantics; figurative language and metaphor in the brain; models of reading and writing.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a broad understanding of the models and theories related to linguistic and semantic processes,
  2. demonstrate a broad understanding of the processes and pathways involved in the comprehension and production of language and meaning and cognition more generally;
  3. understand and evaluate how these processes may relate to the use of language as an art form,
  4. research independently and grasp the practical demands and disciplines involved in research which is being geared toward dissemination to a wider audience.
  5. structure the results of their own studies and research in a substantial and coherent essay and in powerpoint presentations
  6. undertake and consolidate research in a variety of modes geared to the production of theoretical and critical text
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 28
Independent Learning Hours: 122
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Assignment: Individual: 3000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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