Introduction to Discourse Analysis
Full course description
Many discourse analytical approaches start from the assumption that a discourse is socially constructed. A "discourse" is an ensemble of verbal and non-verbal practices, which reciprocally structure and are structured by our perceptions of the world around us. A discourse does not just translate reality into language, but influences how we see reality. Discourse analysis provides the methodology for challenging tacit knowledge underlying our perceptions of reality.
This course makes abstract theories about discourse analysis more concrete by examining how specific discourses about, for instance, religion, secularization, globalization, orientalism, occidentalism, gender, etc. emerge from texts.
In this introduction to discourse analysis, students will acquire:
- basic knowledge of some discourse analytical theories;
- basic methods for investigating the socially constructed nature of perceptions of "reality";
- basic skills for applying multi-level discourse analysis.
- Gee, J.P. (1999). An Introduction to Discourse Analysis: Theory and Method (2nd Ed.). Oxon: Routledge.