SKIP3002 - Discourse theories of language and communication


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 1 days

Course content

This course provides students with detailed knowledge of key concepts, theories and models in the field, primarily emphasizing theories of language as social action and sociocultural perspectives on communication. This includes focusing on how we create meaning in and through communication and which function utterances and texts have in specific communication situations. Dialogic and interactionist perspectives on language and communication are emphasized. Given that much of the theoretical foundation arises from research into either verbal or written communication, the course will also emphasize the interaction between different modalities (speech, text, signs) and how these can be understood and studied.

Learning outcome

Candidates who have completed this course will have acquired the following learning outcomes, defined as knowledge, skills and general competence:


The candidate

- has advanced knowledge of key concepts and theories in the field

- is capable of critically reflecting on models and methods of communication

- is capable of analyzing and reflecting on the significance of diversity perspectives in the field of communication

- has good insight into various epistemological traditions and approaches to knowledge


The candidate

- is able to apply theories of language and communication as analytical tools in understanding communication phenomena and issues

General competence

The candidate

- is able to communicate theoretical knowledge of language and communication, both to peers and the general public

- is able to apply theoretical knowledge to relevant communication issues

Learning methods and activities

Teaching methods and activities are dialogue-based, requiring active participation from the students. The teaching requires students to acquire theoretical knowledge and apply this knowledge in critical reflection. The course uses flipped classroom, where students work on chosen concepts and theories in plenary sessions and in groups.

Compulsory assignments

  • 80% attendance at sessions
  • Assignment

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment:

Home examination, one day. The objective is for the students to demonstrate their knowledge of key theories and concepts and ability to independently and critically discuss these theories and concepts.

Compulsory activities: Students must submit a presentation of a chosen concept, theory or model from the syllabus in the form of a podcast, video or blog post.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

It is not possible for students who have passed the exam in SKIP3002 to retake the exam in a semester where this course is not taught. Students who did not pass the exam, or who did not complete the exam due to illness may submit the exam in a semester where this course is not taught; however, they will not receive any supervision.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Language and Communication in the Professions (MSKIP)

Required previous knowledge

Assumes admission to the Master's program in language and communication in professions

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Applied Linguistics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Home examination 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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