Training programme

Analysing Discourse: Theories, Methods and Techniques - 6 ECTS

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

Organised by Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS)

ma 3 september 2018 until vr 12 oktober 2018

Venue Leeuwenborch, building number 201
Hollandseweg 1
6706 KN Wageningen

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

1.     Describe different theoretical approaches to discourse analysis;

2.     Evaluate the application of different discourse theories in empirical research;

3.     Justify methodological choices in empirical discourse analysis and explain their implications;

4.     Apply techniques of discourse analysis to a contemporary research problem;

5.     Critically reflect and assess the process of data analysis and interpretation in discourse analysis. 


In Weeks 1-2, overview lectures, supported by key readings, introduce different theories and approaches of discourse. Weeks 3-7 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' by experienced researchers. Students will analyse discourse on topics of their choice, applying various methods, in small groups and prepare a group report and presentation.


Group report (50 %); written test with open questions (50 %). The minimum pass mark is 5.5 for each component.

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Study Handbook