This course is designed to introduce you to discourse analysis starting from its philosophical underpinnings to discussing recent developments and debates. It will cover how to use discourse analysis as a qualitative method in the service of analysing qualitative data (discourse) and approaches to discuss discourse analysis as a paradigm. This also looks at the reasons for opting for discursive approaches while considering the assumptions they entail.
You will cover various approaches to discourse analysis as well as main principles and key literature, illustrate analytic tools through the use of examples, and engage in hands-on analysis. You will engage in evaluations of discourse-analytic approaches, and give you the opportunity to develop some initial practical skills in applying discourse analysis. You will develop a critical understanding of range of approaches and the confidence to select them appropriately. You will also gain a foundation to develop your skills independently in future.
On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Appreciate the issues related to using discourse analysis in research (C, K, P and T)
- Critically evaluate different discourse analytic approaches and their place in contemporary social research (C and K)
- Demonstrate a practical understanding of the application of these discourse analytic approaches (K, T and P)
- Develop research proposals that demonstrate appropriate use of discourse analytic approaches (K, T and P).
- Discourse: what is it?
- Discourse and construction
- Discursive turn and its main principles
- Strands in discourse analysis
- Analytic processes and procedures.
Learning and teaching methods
- Practical sessions and workshops.
- Wooffitt, R. (2008) Conversation Analysis and Discourse Analysis. Researching Social Life, 3rd ed. SAGE Publishing.
- Xenitidou, M. and Gunnarsdóttir, K. (2019) The Power of Discourse: How agency is constructed and constituted in discourse of smart technologies, systems and associated developments. Discourse & Society. 30(3), pp.287-306.
- Xenitidou, M. and Greco-Morasso, S. (2014) Parental discourse and identity management in the talk of indigenous and migrant speakers in Greece and the UK. Discourse & Society. 25(1), pp.100-121.
Maximum of 25 people. Please note, 10 participants will be students from our MSc Social Research Methods course.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course.
Fees and funding
Price per person:
£595Government and commercial sector applicants
£495Education and charitable sector applicants
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