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Critical Discourse Analysis

The course is divided into two parts.  Given the difference in various students’ background, the first part aims to introduce students to the range of theories in Discourse Studies. It also aims to provide practical analytical skills and methodologies for analysing spoken, written and visual texts of different genres. Acquiring sufficient technical knowledge of linguistic description is regarded as an important practical goal. Hands-on practical work with texts will be an important element of the course. The second part will focus upon several methods for 'critical' analysis of discourse (i.e. social use of language). The aim is to investigate links between linguistic features of texts, and the social and cultural structures, relations and processes they belong to. So, for instance, it studies at texts in relation to power structures, ideology, and the construction of social and individual identities.

 

Aims and objectives

·        Introducing multiple approaches in discourse analysis, particularly critical discourse analysis, an approach which aims to systematically relate linguistic and semiotic properties of texts to the broader social and cultural contexts of which they are a part, and thereby to contribute to understanding and critique of social problems and inequalities.

·        Identifying key respects in which critical discourse analysis differs from other approaches to discourse analysis, and reviewing some criticisms of the approach.

·        Considering the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches, particularly in relation to participants' own research questions and disciplines.

·        Giving participants an opportunity to do small-scale discourse analyses, using samples of their own data or data relevant to their own research.

 

Lecture Outline:

Week 1

Introduction to Course, Syllabus plan, Essential and Recommended Books

Activities for Class / Tasks for Individuals

Week 2

Introduction to Discourse Analysis

·        Reading 2A - An Introduction to Discourse Analysis by James Paul Gee - Chapter 1 – Introduction

·        Reading 2B - Describing Discourse A Practical Guide to Discourse Analysis - Nicola Woods – Introduction (page viii-xviii)

 

 

 

 

Week 3

Tools of the Trade (Part 1)

·        Reading 3a - An Introduction to Discourse Analysis by James Paul Gee - Chapter 2 – Building Tasks (page 15-26)

·        Reading 3b - An Introduction to Discourse Analysis by James Paul Gee - Chapter 3 – Tools of Inquiry and Discourses (page 27-42)

 

Week  4

Tools of the Trade (Part 2)

·        Reading 4a - An Introduction to Discourse Analysis by James Paul Gee - Chapter 4 – Social Languages, Conversations, and Intertexuality (page 43-61)

·        Reading 4b – Working with Spoken Discourse by Deborah Cameron - Chapter 2 – Collecting Data: Practical and Ethical Considerations (Page 19-30)

 

 

 

(to be added)

Week  5

Meanings & Context

·        Reading 5a - An Introduction to Discourse Analysis by James Paul Gee - Chapter 5, Form-Function Correlations, Situated Meanings, and Figured Worlds (page 62-74)

·        Reading 5b - An Introduction to Discourse Analysis by James Paul Gee - Chapter 7, Context (page 99-115)

·        (also briefly go through Chapter 6, More Figured Worlds)

 

 

 

 

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Week  6

Practical considerations & Practicing DA

·        Reading 6a - An Introduction to Discourse Analysis by James Paul Gee - Chapter 8, Discourse Analysis (page 116-126)

·        Reading 6b - An Introduction to Discourse Analysis by James Paul Gee - Chapter 9, Processing and Organising Language  (page 127-147)

 

 

 

 

 

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Week  7

Samples of Discourse Analysis

·        Reading 7a+b - An Introduction to Discourse Analysis by James Paul Gee - Chapter 10 & 11, Sample Discourse Analysis 1 & 2 (page 148-175)

 

 

 

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Week  8

Practicing Discourse Analysis

·        Reading 8a - Describing Discourse A Practical Guide to Discourse Analysis - Nicola Woods – Chapter 2, Claptrap: The Discourse of Politics (page 46-80)

·        Reading 8b – Describing Discourse: A Practical guide to Discourse Analysis – Nicola Woods – Chapter 3, You Don’t have to Say Anything: The Discourse of Law (page 81-117)

 

 

 

 

 

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Week  9

Mid Term Exam

 

Week  10

Introducing CRITICAL discourse analysis

·        Reading 10a - Methods of Critical Discourse Analysis by Ruth Wodak and Michael Meyer, Chapter 1 – What CDA is about: A Summary of its History, Important Concepts and its Developments (page 1-13)

·        Reading 10b – Critical Discourse Analysis by Teun A Van Dijk (Chapter, available on course site)

·        Reading 10c – Aims of Critical Discourse Analysis by Teun A Van Dijk (Chapter, available on course site)

 

 

 

 

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Week  11

Approaches to CDA

·        Reading 11a - Methods of Critical Discourse Analysis by Ruth Wodak and Michael Meyer, Chapter 2 – Between theory, method, and politics: positioning of the approaches to CDA (page 14-31)

·        Reading 11b - Critical Discourse Analysis by Terry Locke, Chapter 3 – The Critical Turn: Making Discourse Analysis Critical (page 25-39)

 

 

 

 

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Week  12

·        Reading 12 – Discourse and Knowledge: theoretical and methodological aspects of a critical discourse and dispositive analysis (page 32-62)

 

 

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Week  13

·        Reading 13 - Methods of Critical Discourse Analysis by Ruth Wodak and Michael Meyer, Chapter 4 – The Discourse – Historical Approach (page 63-94)

 

 

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Week  14

CDA and other Disciplines

·        Reading 14 - Methods of Critical Discourse Analysis by Ruth Wodak and Michael Meyer, Chapter 5 – Multidisciplinary CDA: a plea for diversity (page 95-120)

 

 

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Week  15

·        Reading 15 - Methods of Critical Discourse Analysis by Ruth Wodak and Michael Meyer, Chapter 6 – CDA as a method in social scientific research by Norman Fairlough (page 121-138)

 

 

 

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Week  16

Discourse and Identity

·        Readings to be confirmed, activity to be added

 

 

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Week  17

Criticism of CDA

·        Readings to be confirmed

 

 

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Week  18

Final Exams

 

 

Essential Texts:

1.      Gee, James Paul. An Introduction to Discourse Analysis (Book)

2.      Wodak, P R and Meyer, M. Methods of Critical Discourse Analysis (Book)

3.      Woods, Nicola. Describing Discourse – A Practical Guide (Book)

4.      Lock, Terry. Critical Discourse Analysis (Book)

Other Texts:

1.      Baker, Paul and Ellece, Sibonile. Key Terms in Discourse Analysis (Book)

2.      Cameron, Deborah. Working with Spoken Discourse (Book)

3.      Wodak, Ruth and Chilton, Paul. A New Agenda in (Critical) Discourse Analysis (Book)

4.      More to be added here

 

Selected Chapter:

1.      Van Dijk T.T. Critical Discourse Analysis (Chapter)

2.      Van Dijk T.T. Aims of Critical Discourse Analysis (Chapter)

 

Disclaimer:

  • This outline has been created as a resource for course participants, but the faculty reserves the right to make changes and modifications, if deemed necessary.
  • Errors and omissions possible.  If you notice any, please notify course tutor via email.
  • Please check the website regularly, as more and more articles, books, activities and other resources will be posted here

 

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