Discourse Analysis

Course content

This course introduces some of the main themes and issues in discourse research using research in discursive psychology. Through this it examines the role of discourse in shaping social interaction and its psychological implications for the study of minds, selves, sense-making and other topics in psychology. The course is concerned mainly with how talk (and text) works in general, about the construction of identity,  about language and how it works, and about the sources of the order and patterning in social interaction. The course aims to demonstrate that we study social life in studying discourse.

On completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • identify some key themes in discourse analysis;

  • appreciate the consequences of discourse research for some key topics in social science, such as indentity, interaction and subjectivity;

  • be familiar with some discourse analytical techniques and their consequences for analysing social interactions.

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  2. Learning Outcome specific for this course:
  3. On successful completion of the course, students will have acquired competence in critical evaluation of issues and agenda for discourse analysis within the tradition of qualitative analysis in relation to the philosophical issues of the nature of knowledge production. They will be able to demonstrate essential skills and awareness for conducting discourse analysis for the assignment. They will have acquired an arrange of research strategies for data generation/collection acquisition and conducting an empirical work relevant to the research question and the theoretical framework chosen.
Learning outcome

Objectives for learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will have achieved a high level of academic and methodological competency in relation to the specific design, planning, development, and/or application-related content and focus in the individual methodology courses. They will be able to demonstrate this by a) developing a data acquisition tool and/or b) conducting an academic and methodologically based study of a defined psychological subject, problem, target field or concept

By the end of the class, students will be able to:

  • define and describe which psychological subject, problem, target field or concept they seek to a) uncover/study with the data acquisition tool and/or b) study by using the given analysis method(s)
  • describe the work process that leads to a) the development of a data acquisition tool and/or b) the analytical implementation of the study
  • explain and argue for the methodological and analytical choices taken during the process
  • reflect on and discuss methods critically (strengths and weaknesses) in relation to the methodological and/or analytical choices taken in connection with the work, and in relation to how these choices influence each other (the dynamics of the work process)
  • submit/present in writing or orally the result of the practical work in the form of a) a data acquisition tool and/or b) a test result.

 

The course uses multimodal approach to learning, which includes lectures, seminars, student presentations and tutorials. Students’ active participation and contribution to discussions are required for successful completion of the course.
The student will be asked to meet with the tutor for a one-to-one (or group, if preferred) tutorial at the tutor’s office. The tutorial is to help support the student develop his/her assignment idea and prepare for the assignment in good time. The tutorial is scheduled between Wks 13 and 17 (TBC).

ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Course participation under invigilation
EXAM: Written take-home assignment. Choose a topic relevant to psychology and submit an essay of a discourse analysis of the chosen data. The essay includes a brief introduction including a description of the context of the study and a concise literature review of the topic, a description of the methodology and a discourse analysis with a conclusion and implications to theory, methods and practice. The length of the assignment follows the department’s regulation (see the course handbook).
The assignment can be written individually or collaboratively ((Max 10 A4 pages for 1 student, Max 12 A4 pages for 2 students and Max 14 A4 pages for 3 students). For a group assignment and presentation, each student’s contribution must be clearly identified to facilitate individual assessment.

Rules for group exams: The exam can only be taken individually but assignments and active class participation may be in a group (max. 3 students).

The assignment can be written individually or collaboratively. For a group assignment and presentation, each student’s contribution must be clearly identified to facilitate individual assessment). For a group assignment or oral presentation, each student’s contribution must be clearly identified to facilitate individual assessment. A minor part of the assignment may, however, be written collaboratively.
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • English
  • 28