Course content

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The course provides an historical overview of the development of interaction research from the 1960s until the present day with a special focus on classic, groundbreaking interactional research studies which demonstrate how the field has developed within three overarching themes: from unimodality to multimodality; from social membership categorization to identity construction and from monolingualism to multilingualism. The course addresses empirical studies as examples of interaction research in different contexts, such as everyday and working life, as well as social and educational contexts and actualizes interaction from a multidimensional, multimodal perspective. In addition, the course aims to develop the participants’ practical skills and ability to formulate scientific questions and to perform interactional analyzes and to present their analytical findings orally to an imaginary audience with authority. This also enhances the participants’ ability to make research ethic assessments.

Professor Peter Auer, Albert-Ludwigs Universität, Freiburg, is guest professor at the Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism during 2022–2023. Professor Auer will be part of the course and also engage in tutorials with the PhD students to discuss their individual thesis work.

Learning outcomes

In order to pass the course, students are expected to be able to:

  • critically discuss the theoretical and methodological development of interaction analysis within one or several fields
  • independently perform and present a multidimensional analysis of interactional data, displaying awareness of methodological challenges
  • convincingly present and discuss the results of the analysis using a research pitch addressing an (imaginary) international audience
  • show awareness of ethical aspects

Practical information

The course includes six seminars, held on campus. Attendance at the seminars is mandatory. There will also be a concluding seminar when students present interaction research from their doctoral thesis in the form of a research pitch. Written examination in the form of a final written paper. One-on-one tutorials with Professor Peter Auer to discuss individual thesis work will be offered during the course.

NB. The course will be offered on campus only.

Period: Spring semester 2023

Course Dates: 2023-03-21 – 2023-06-04

Language of instruction: English. The final exam paper can be submitted in both Swedish and English.

Course director: Professor Catrin Norrby

Course name in Swedish: Att studera interaktion

The course is offered by the The Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism.