Discourse Analysis
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5014
Course Format: Seminar
Location: Online
Permission Required: No
  • Research Methods
  • Media Studies
This course looks at the principal approaches of discourse analysis as a research method. Two main areas of discourse research-meaning making and social-cultural relations will be examined using socio-cognitive and critical discourse analytical traditions. We will consider different objects of discourse analysis (texts, speech acts, conversations and communicative events) to understand the social use of language. Students will learn methods of conducting independent discourse analysis with different types of research data, including official documents, conversations, interviews, political talks/debates/speeches. Discourse analysis is widely used across academic disciplines (including anthropology, sociology, international relations, and communication studies) and is increasingly being used in other contexts such as market research, media analysis, and interpersonal communication training for corporate use, policy research and public relations. Students will be encouraged to critically assess research findings that rely on discourse analysis and develop discourse analytical frameworks for independent research.
Course Open to: Majors Only


Open to Graduate students.