Discourse Analysis

Key information

Start date: To be confirmed

Attendance dates:

To be confirmed

Time commitment: 3 days

Venue:

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

Contact details:

Overview

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.

Learning outcomes

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)

Attributes

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
  • Practical sessions and workshops

Course leader

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

Class size

Maximum of 25 people. Please note, 10 participants will be students from our MSc Social Research Methods course.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Fees and funding

Price per person:

£595

Government and commercial sector applicants

£495

Education and charitable sector applicants

£395

Students

How to apply

Applications for this course are currently closed.

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