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.

Organisator Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS)

ma 2 september 2019 tot do 10 oktober 2019

Locatie 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. 


Week 1 will provide students with an overview of lectures, supported by key readings, introduce different theories and approaches of discourse. 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' 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.

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.


Four reports (25% each). The minimum pass mark is 5.5 for each component.\


Discursive psychology/Conversation Analysis (Edwards, Heritage, Potter, Te Molder); Frame analysis (Gray, Aarts, Dewulf, Macnaghten); Storytelling (Boje, Yannis, Czarniawska); Metaphor analysis (Schon, Yanow); Foucauldian approaches (Foucault, Griggs, Howarth, Glynos, T. Richardson, Sharp).

More information

Study Handbook