58102 Language and Discourse (Student)

[MUSIC]>>LOUISE: Basically it is about the different
ways that we see the world and form opinions on things based on a number of factors. Based
on like our own personal upbringing and experiences. The way that politics and public opinion,
art, literature – how all those things inform our perceptions of just different things in
the world.>>MEGAN: Basically about language and words
and the way we use words and how the way we use them affects the way we think about things.
>>LOUISE: We all approach different subjects with our own meaning attached to it and how
that might differ from other people. Not just people now, but how people in history have
viewed things differently.>>MEGAN: The ideas that we were learning
about were very new. They are not things that you learn about in school or that you come
into contact with much in the media or just in daily life. So it was just difficult trying
to grasp a completely new concept.>>LOUISE: The best things about Language
and Discourse for me, my favourite thing that we did was we actually got to produce our
own sound piece; our own radio piece within a group. First we each wrote a script on a
discourse of our choice – once we had, you know, covered what a discourse actually was,
which was a little confusing at first. But once you understood the concept, choosing
your own subjects, something that would sustain your interest I guess for the duration of
the assignment was a bit of a treat. Then getting to actually go into the recording
studios, mix it with all the editing and sounds. Playing around with different voices and accents.
It was so much fun.>>MEGAN: The subject does require a lot of
work. The tutors recommend that you put in about nine hours on top of the actual class
time which is only three hours a week face to face.
>>LOUISE: Tutorials are really the main source that you can find out information about how
to write essays properly and how to reference correctly. Your peers are kind of in the same
position as you in that sense. You know, they probably wouldnít be your first port of call
because I found more often than not they were just as clueless as I was. You know, we all
had the same questions to ask of our tutors and our lecturers. Youíd be surprised how
easily you can slip into you know a bit of a nonchalant attitude. You have just got to
make sure you are proactive about things then you really do reap the benefits.
>>MEGAN: Start early with the work. You donít want to get behind because, yes the concepts
that you are looking at are very slippery and you think you will understand it but then
you wonít the next week when someone raises a new idea. So I think do all the work you
need, youíre supposed to be doing.