Critical Discourse Studies
0.5 Credit

Hours per week:
  • Lecture/Discussion: 39

The course introduces students to discourse analysis as a method of critical inquiry by laying out the processes of doing discourse-focused research. Possible approaches include genealogical/dispositif analysis (Foucauldian), Critical Discourse Analysis, and/or the Essex School of discourse analysis. The course gives students a toolkit for analyzing spoken and written text, images, material artefacts, and music. Organized into four stages, the course: 1) introduces the basic principles of the approach(es); 2) introduces survey data collection methods and choosing appropriate data; 3) provides guidance to doing the actual work of analysis; and 4) assists students in refining their approach and applying it to their own research.