General Semiotics

lcomu1121  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

General Semiotics
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
4 credits
22.5 h
Verhaegen Philippe;

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
The course begins its reflection from a semiotic "restricted", that which followed the language of F. de Saussure-semiology structurale-interest to then, with the current pragmatic, the contexts of interaction and finally lead to a semiotic "expanded", that of CS Peirce interpretation which places the center of the operation of various types of signs.
In doing so, the course covers, discusses and compares the basic concepts of each course and tries to reflect the specific point of view taken by each of them: the meaning of the sign, the relationship caused by him or the interpretation against them and at the same time is.
The course seeks to better illustrate each concept and to do so frequently resorted to regular communication devices: interactive situations, newspapers, web sites, TV shows, pubs, posters, etc.. The syllabus allow the student to return to their notions from scientific contexts.
Teaching methods
Lecture given in large audience. Depending on the themes, some interactive processes are exploited.
Evaluation methods
The evaluation focuses on understanding and assimilation of concepts and theoretical frameworks discussed both during and in the portfolio of texts and on the ability of students to apply them to the analysis of devices sémiotic basic questions.
The exam is written (or, in June only, oral under certain conditions for students who wish). The precise terms and conditions are described in the detailed description of the course listed on the Moodle website. They are the subject of a presentation at the first class, before Easter and at the last class.
Other information
This course is part of the minor in information and communication. It provides the theoretical basis for the course LCOMU1316 Semiotic Approaches in Communication which focuses on the methodology and analysis tools used in this field.
  • Ph. Verhaegen, Signe et communication, De Boeck, Bruxelles, 2010
  • Documents et slides mis à disposition sur le site du cours
Teaching materials
  • Ph. Verhaegen, Signe et communication, De Boeck, Bruxelles, 2010
  • Documents et slides mis à disposition sur le site du cours
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Information and Communication Science and Technology

Bachelor in Information and Communication

Minor in Linguistics

Minor in Information and Communication

Minor in French Studies