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Campus Kristiansand


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PhD Course: HP-604 Methodology in Discourse Analysis

5 (3) ECTS credits.


17 okt - 19 okt
kl 09:00 - 16:00

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Campus Kristiansand


15 sep


PhD programme in Humanities and Education


Students must be admitted to a relevant PhD-programme.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, candidates will have:

  • become acquainted with various epistemological stances on and methodological approaches to discourse analysis (DA), including critical discourse analysis (CDA).
  • gained a better understanding of a range of (C)DA scholarly strands, including their respective origins, objectives and methods.
  • developed the skills to identify appropriate methods of analysis and compile relevant data sets.
  • become equipped to reflect and make qualified decisions on key aspects of the research process (epistemological positions, research questions, data collection, analysis and results write up).
  • developed the competence to carry out sound data analysis and interpret relevant data for the purposes of (C)DA.
  • developed the competence to formulate and discuss appropriate validity questions for DA.


Discourse analysis explores how the use of words, images and other semiotic resources contributes to the formation of social perspectives on the world, and theorizes how said perspectives influence social practices and power structures. The course seeks to familiarize participants with various epistemological and methodological approaches to DA and provide them with the skills to present and discuss empirical data from that range of perspectives. It examines the relationships that hold between research questions, fieldwork strategies, data collection and data analysis within the wider research process. The course will yield insights into various research strategies using examples from various domains of society, e.g. education, news media, politics, workplace discourse, etc. Relevant forms of DA covered in this course may include multimodal DA, conversation analysis, corpus-based DA, digital communication and various forms of CDA.

Teaching methods

The course will be delivered over three days and consist of a combination of lectures and interactive seminars/workshops.

The language of instruction is English. Depending on the composition of the group, the course may be taught in Scandinavian.

Examination requirement

Mandatory attendance to the lectures and interactive seminars or workshops.

Assessment methods and criteria

To gain 3 ECTScredits, candidates will be required to deliver a 10-15 min. presentation applying (selected elements of) the course literature to their own research project.

To gain 5 ECTS credits, in addition to fulfilling the presentation delivery requirement, candidates will submit a six-page (2000-2500 words) essay within a month following completion of the course. Preferably, the essay will draw on the presentation topic and take on board the feedback from the seminar.

Graded Pass/Fail.



Tuesday 17.10

0915-1000      introduction and presentations

1015-1200      Lecture 1: Multimodal discourse studies (ME)

1200-1245      Lunch

1245-1415      Lecture 2: Critical discourse approaches to multimodality and semiotic                            technology (GK)

1430-1700      Student presentations

Wednesday 18.10

0900-1045      Lecture 3: Analysing oral discourse (JS)

1100-1200      Student presentations

1200-1245      Lunch

1245-1430      Lecture 4: Corpus-based/-driven discourse analysis (LPG)

1445-1545      Workshop I  (LG)

1600-1730      Student presentations

Kl. 1900           Seminar dinner

Thursday 19.10

0900-1045      Lecture 5: Ethnographic approaches to discourse (VP)

1100-1200      Student presentations

1200-1245      Lunch

1245-1430      Workshop II/Student presentations             

1430-1530      Wrapping up/Housekeeping/Evaluation/Goodbye.


Prof. Jan Svennevig, UiA   (JS)

Ass. Prof. Verónica Pájaro, UiA    (VP)

Prof. Luis Pérez-González, UiA    (LPG)

Prof. Gunhild Kvåle, UiA    (GK)

Prof. Martin Engebretsen, UiA   (ME)

Student presentations:  15 min. presentation + 10 min. discussion 


Lecture 1: Multimodal discourse analysis (ME)

Kress, G. (2011). Multimodal discourse analysis. In M. Handford & J. Gee (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Discourse Analysis. London: Routledge, pp. 35-50. https://www.routledgehandbooks.com/doi/10.4324/9780203809068.ch3

Engebretsen, Martin (2014). The Soundslide Report: Innovative journalism or misplaced works of art? Nordicom Review, 35(1), p.99-113. https://doi.org/10.2478/nor-2014-0007

Ledin P. & Machin, D. (2018) Multimodal critical discourse analysis. In J. Flowerdew & J.E Richardson (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Critical Discourse Studies. London: Routledge.


Lecture 2: Critical discourse approaches to multimodality and semiotic technology (GK)

Djonov, Emilia & van Leeuwen, Theo (2018). “Social media as semiotic technology and social practice: the case of ResearchGate’s design and its potential to transform social practice”. In Social Semiotics 28(5):641-664. Special Issue: Social Media as Semiotic Technology.  

Djonov, Emilia & van Leeuwen, Theo (2017). “The power of semiotic software: A critical multimodal perspective.” In J. Flowerdew & J. & Richardson (Eds.) The Routledge handbook of critical discourse analysis. London/NY: Routledge, pp. 566-581.

Kvåle, Gunhild (2021). Stars, Scores and Cheers. A Social Semiotic Critique of "Fun" Learning in Commercial Educational Software for Children. In M.G. Sindoni & I. Moschini (Eds.) Multimodal Literacies Across Digital Learning Contexts. Routledge, pp. 57-71.


Lecture 3: Analysing oral discourse (JS)

Antaki, C. (2008). Discourse analysis and conversation analysis. In P. Alasuutari, L. Bickman, & J. Brannen (Eds.) The SAGE handbook of social research methods, Sage, pp. 431-446.

Antaki, C. (2011). Six kinds of applied conversation analysis. In C. Antaki (Ed.) Applied conversation analysis: Intervention and change in institutional talk, Palgrave, pp. 1-14

Hoey, E. M., & Kendrick, K. H. (2017). Conversation analysis. In A. M. B. de Groot & P. Hagoort (Eds.) Research methods in psycholinguistics and the Neurobiology of Language: A practical guide. Wiley Blackwell, pp.151-173.   


Svennevig, Jan og Djordjilovic, Olga (2015). Accounting for the right to assign a task in workplace meetings. Journal of Pragmatics, 78, pp. 98–111.  



Lecture 4: Corpus-Based/-Driven Discourse Analysis  (LPG)

Bennett, G. R. (2010). Introduction to Corpus Linguistics. Using Corpora in the Language Learning Classroom: Corpus Linguistics for Teachers. Michigan Publishing: Michigan University Press, pp. 2-22.

Brookes, G. & P. Baker (2022). Fear and Responsibility: Discourses of Obesity and Risk in the UK Press. Journal of Risk Research 25(3), pp. 363-378. DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2020.1863849

Mautner, Gerlinde (2022). What Can a Corpus Tell us about Discourse?. A. O'Keeffe & M. J. McCarthy (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics, 2nd Edition, London & New York: Routledge, pp. 250-262.

Subtirelu, N.C. & Baker, P. (2018). Corpus-based Approaches. In J. Flowerdew & J.E. Richardson (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Critical Discourse Studies, London & New York: Routledge, pp.106-119. 


Lecture 5: Ethnographic approaches to discourse. (VP)

Heller, M. (2001). Critique and Sociolinguistic Analysis of Discourse. Critique of Anthropology, 21(2), pp.117-141. https://doi.org/10.1177/0308275x0102100201 

Heller, M., & Pujolar, J. (2010). The Political Economy of Texts: A Case Study in the Structuration of Tourism. Sociolinguistic Studies, 3. https://doi.org/10.1558/sols.v3i2.177 

Pájaro, V. (2022). Scripts and texts as technologies of refugee governmentality in the Norwegian introduction program. In M. Monsen & G. B. Steien (Eds.) Language Learning and Forced Migration. Multilingual Matters, pp. 49-69. 

The course is offered as a free-standing course.