9:45am - 5pm
Wednesday 28 November 2018

Introduction to Discourse Analysis

The course introduces participants to discourse analysis starting from its philosophical underpinnings to recent developments and debates.

from £135.00 to £225.00

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY, STAG HILL CAMPUS, UNIVERSITY OF SURREY, GUILDFORD, GU2 7XH

Introduction

The course introduces participants to discourse analysis starting from its philosophical underpinnings to recent developments and debates. It then presents and discusses various approaches as well as main principles and key literatures on discourse analysis. Finally, the course illustrates analytic tools through the use of examples and engages participants with hands-on analysis.

The course has a dual aim: (i) to introduce participants to discourse analysis as a qualitative method in the service of analysing qualitative data (discourse) and (ii) to discuss discourse analysis as a paradigm. In this way, the course is a workshop focused on the analysis of discourse and also on the reasons for opting for discursive approaches while considering the assumptions they entail.

Course overview

  • Discourse: what is it?
  • Discourse and construction
  • Discursive turn – main principles
  • Strands in discourse analysis
  • Analytic procedure: In theory & In practice

Learning outcomes

  • Understand discourse analysis as method and paradigm
  • Recognise different approaches to discourse analysis
  • Apply basic discourse analysis

Course leader

Maria Xenitidou is a research fellow based in the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey. She has been working on issues related to identity and on research methods for many years, in research and teaching capacities. In her work she mainly employs a discursive approach, working with discourse analysis since 2003, as part of her PhD, and in subsequent research and teaching (both as an approach to substantive topics and as a method of analysis).

Entry requirements

Participants are expected to some have prior knowledge of qualitative analysis (either in theory and/or in practice).

Level of study

Entry/Intermediate (some prior knowledge).

Costs

Varies according to status:

  • £225 - Government/commercial sector
  • £175 - Educational/charitable sector 
  • £135 - Students.

Preparatory reading

Wooffitt, R. (2008) Conversation Analysis and Discourse Analysis. IN: Gilbert, N. (Ed.) Researching Social Life. 3rd edition. London: SAGE

Potter, E. (2003) Discursive psychology: between method and paradigm. Discourse & Society. Vol. 14(6): 783–794

Notes

Please bring with you a USB memory stick.

Please be aware that you may be required to bring your own laptop with any specified software already installed.