Training programme

Analysing Discourse: Theories and Methods - 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)

Mon 31 August 2020 until Fri 23 October 2020

Venue The course will be offered online

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. 


This course will be offered online with virtual teamwork, team presentations, feedback sessions and developing your own plan.

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