Discourse Analysis

Key information

Start date: 09 March 2020

Attendance dates:

March 2020: 09, 10, 11

Time commitment: 3 days


Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

Contact details:


This module is designed to introduce you to discourse analysis starting from its philosophical underpinnings to discussing recent developments and debates. 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 develop a critical understanding of these approaches and the confidence to select them appropriately. You will also gain a foundation to develop your skills independently in future.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, 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)


Code Description
C Cognitive/analytical
K Subject knowledge
P Professional/practical skills
T Transferable skills

Course content

  • 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

  • Lectures
  • Class discussions and group activities
  • Practical sessions and workshops, including working with data on paper

Course leader

Maria Xenitidou

Maria is a qualitative social scientist with particular expertise in discursive and rhetorical approaches. She has taught discourse analysis workshops nationally and internationally.

Reading list

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

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this module.

Fees and funding

Price per person:


Government and commercial sector applicants


Education and charitable sector applicants



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