UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


SEES0106 Introduction to Discourse Analysis

UCL Credit Value: 15

ECTS Value: 7.5

Term 1

Module Coordinator: Dr Titus Hjelm
Weekly Contact Hours: 2.0 
Prerequisites: None

Summative Assessment

3,000-word essay

Formative Assessment

Presentation and 1-2 page written outline. Oral feedback during class, and written feedback after class.

Module Outline

The concept of ‘discourse’ is omnipresent in contemporary social science. After the ‘linguistic turn’, the social sciences have increasingly embraced the study of language as a central area of inquiry, focusing on the use of language in social interaction and as an active component in the construction of social reality. With the increasing popularity of qualitative inquiry focusing on language use, discourse analysis has become a basic part of social scientists’ methodological toolkit. The aim of this course is to provide a practical introduction to doing discourse analysis. The guiding idea is that researchers have to build their own models of discourse analysis for their projects, dependent on their research questions, data, and personal preferences. The immediate beneficiaries of the course are graduate students who want to analyse ‘perceptions of’ or ‘discourse on’ X or Y. Although the focus is on the use of discourse analysis in the social sciences, the course is interdisciplinary and is open to and recommended to students of other disciplines as well.

Please note: This outline is accurate at the time of publication. Minor amendments may be made prior to the start of the academic year.