Skip to content
Skip to navigation menu

New Ways of Reading: Ideology and the Text

Level 4, 10 Credits.

Available Dates:

We have 1 upcoming course

10 June 2017
(Saturdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm)
Download Enrolment Form
Saturdays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
3 weekly meetings. 10th, 17th and 24th June 2017
Dr Michelle Deininger
Continuing and Professional Education
Senghennydd Road
CF24 4AG
Tel: 029 2087 0000
Fax: 029 2066 8935
Fee £225.00 (Concessionary Fee £180.00)
Funding options
Centre for Lifelong Learning on Facebook

Course Description

Our beliefs, prejudices and assumptions inform everything we say and do. Other people’s beliefs, prejudices and assumptions infect everything we read and hear. On this module, we will explore the ways in which language can instruct and indoctrinate through a study of various texts, including, advertisements, newspaper headlines, novels, short stories and poems. As well as looking at the ways in which texts can perpetuate certain ideologies, we will also see how ideologies can de-construct texts: students will learn how to read classic texts such as Jane Eyre from feminist and postcolonial perspectives, and explore issues of cultural identity in 20th-century Welsh fiction.

This course is for anyone with an interest in literature, language or philosophy and the enthusiasm to take that interest further. It operates as part of the Inside Narratives pathway, and will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that will help you to study other courses in the pathway.

Learning and Teaching

This course will be taught over three day schools running on consecutive Saturdays. These sessions will include lectures, class discussions, debates, group-work and pair-work. In addition, there will be support both before and after the day schools themselves, facilitated via email contact and through Learning Central, the university’s Virtual Learning Environment.

Coursework and Assessment

Students will be expected to complete two pieces of assessed work: a 600-word close analysis and a 1200-word essay. Advice and support will be provided for both assignments and you will receive detailed feedback relating to strengths and areas for improvement on both pieces of work.

Reading suggestions

Fairclough, N., Language and Power (London, 1989)

Christopher Hampton, The Ideology of the Text (Buckingham, 1990)

Andrew Heywood, Political Ideologies: An Introduction, 5th ed., (Basingstoke, 2012)

Sally Johnson and Tommaso M. Millani (eds.), Language Ideologies and Media Discourse: Texts, Practices, Politics (London, 2010)

Herbert W. Simons and Michael Billig (eds.), After Postmodernism: Reconstructing Ideology Critique (London, 1994)

Further reading suggestions will be provided in class.