CPT-56306 Analysing Discourse: Theories, Methods and Techniques


Studiepunten 6.00

Group work2
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. IM Buizer
Lecturer(s)dr. TAP Metze-Burghouts
prof. dr. E Turnhout
DME van Muijden
ir. FM van Straalen
prof. dr. D Yanow
dr. IM Buizer
Examiner(s)dr. IM Buizer

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

At least 12 credits of communication or social theory courses at MSc level, or a completed MSc degree in a social science discipline. The course is designed for students with solid previous knowledge in social science theory and social science research methods.

Continuation courses:

MSc Thesis in any of the assigned programs, e.g. CPT-83133, CPT-83136; PhD project.


This advanced course is part of the WASS graduate programme aimed at students in the MSc programmes MME, MID, MDR and MCH, addressing PhD students, graduate students and well-progressed Master students. It provides an overview of different theoretical approaches to discourse analysis and trains students in doing such analysis.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- describe different theoretical approaches to discourse analysis;
- evaluate the application of different discourse theories in empirical research;
- justify methodological choices in empirical discourse analysis and explain their implications;
- apply techniques of discourse analysis to a contemporary research problem;
- critically reflect and assess the process of data analysis and interpretation in discourse analysis.


Week 1 will provide students with an overview of lectures, supported by key readings and introduce different theories and approaches to discourse analysis. Weeks 2-6 will provide students with an in-depth training in key techniques for the empirical analysis of discourse. A lecture by an expert is followed by an in-class discussion and introduction to the practice of discourse analysis through 'workshop talks' with each other and experienced researchers. Students will analyse discourse on topics of their choice, apply various approaches and present them to each other, in small groups. They will gradually, over the weeks, compose an individual portfolio of different approaches to discourse analysis and (in week 7 and 9) reflect on the particular possibilities and limitations of each of them for obtaining an in-depth understanding of a case of their own choice.


Four assignments (20% each); - Final composite portfolio (20%). Each assignment and the final portfolio needs a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.


Will be provided during the course.