THE LANGUAGE OF ADVERTISING - 2018/9
Module code: CMCM052
In this course, we will learn how to apply concepts from linguistics, in particular pragmatics, and semiotics to the analysis of advertisements. We will examine how advertisement designers exploit linguistic and visual means in order to communicate messages, and to persuade and manipulate their recipients. We will look at how this is accomplished by means of different linguistic and rhetorical figures, and how information is conveyed indirectly, e.g. through the use of presupposition and implicature, and through non-verbal signs, such as images or colours. We will consider advertisements in various media, including newspapers/journals, radio, TV and the internet and we will examine the effect of culture on the production and perception of advertisements.
School of Literature and Languages
DIPPOLD D Dr (Lit & Langs)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: N561
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
Pragmatic concepts used in analyzing advertisements
Semiotic concepts used in analyzing advertisements
Role of different media in advertising
Role of culture in advertising
Data capture and analysis
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Oral exam or presentation||PROJECT GROUP ORAL PRESENTATION AND INDIVIDUAL AUTHORED SECTION 500 WORDS||40|
|Coursework||EXTENDED WRITING PIECE (1500 WORDS)||60|
Individual presentation (not necessarily in front of the whole seminar) 40%
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:
the development in their speaking and writing skills
their understanding of the context of their work in historical and cultural terms
their development of research and writing skills
productive and informed critical reflection on both the creative process itself and the finished work that has resulted from it
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Mid-Semester project group oral presentations and individual authored section 500 words (40%)
End of Semester Extended writing piece 1500 words (60%)
Formative assessment and feedback.
Verbal feedback in class plus written and/or oral feedback on project work.
- To introduce basic concept of pragmatics, semiotics that can be applied to the study of advertisements
- To identify and analyze linguistic and non-linguistic means used by advertisement designers
- To examine the significance of cultural factors in advertising
- To collect and analyze empirical data
|001||Demonstrate knowledge of the main concepts from semiotics, pragmatics and general linguistics relevant for the analysis of advertisements||K|
|002||Show an ability to identify these concepts in advertisements||C|
|003||Show an ability to interpret the use of these concepts, the messages they help to convey and the effect they produce on their recipient||C|
|004||Display awareness of the impact of cultural factors on advertising||C|
|005||Demonstrate an ability to carry out a critical analysis of advertisements by applying the above skills||CPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 128
Seminar Hours: 22
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Develop students’ understanding of scholarship in the role of language in advertising
Equip students with some of the research and analytic skills they will need to evaluate the (lack of) effectiveness of advertising across cultural contexts with a view to suggesting solutions.
The learning and teaching methods include:
2 hour seminar x 11 weeks. In each session notions will be presented, discussed and applied. These will be evaluated week by week as new notions are introduced. At least one session towards the end of the module will be devoted to discussing the written assignment according to students’ essay plans.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
Reading list for THE LANGUAGE OF ADVERTISING : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/cmcm052
Programmes this module appears in
|Communication and International Marketing MA||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.