Universität Wien FIND

122048 PS Proseminar Linguistics 2 (BA) (2022S)

Discourse Analysis

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 08.03. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Tuesday 15.03. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Tuesday 22.03. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Tuesday 29.03. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Tuesday 05.04. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Tuesday 26.04. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Tuesday 03.05. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Tuesday 10.05. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Tuesday 17.05. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Tuesday 24.05. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Tuesday 31.05. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Tuesday 14.06. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Tuesday 21.06. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Tuesday 28.06. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Discourse Analysis, sometimes also referred to as Discourse Studies, comprises multiple fields of linguistic enquiry, methodologies and empirical approaches. These range from strongly quantitative corpus-driven and corpus-based studies (Corpus Linguistics) to highly qualitative and theoretically engages studies (Critical Discourse Analysis). While this heterogeneity has been criticized as a lack of coherence, as eclecticism or even as arbitrary, it has also inspired innovative and productive approaches - particularly in the combination of different methods (i.e. methodological triangulation). This course will engage with the heterogenous "toolbox of discourse analysis" (Foucault) and related critical debates, covering both well-established and recent approaches to analysing discourse.

In this course, students gain:
- an understanding of the theoretical foundations of discourse analysis and related debates,
- an awareness of the methodological diversity in discourse analysis,
- an understanding of several key methods and approaches, including their strengths and weaknesses,
- an insight into what it means to work empirically, i.e. to design a discourse study, collect data and analyse it,
- an understanding of methodological triangulation as research strategy.

Assessment and permitted materials

The final grade is based on exercises, reading, active participation, and written assignments including a final paper at the end of term.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Regular class attendance (max 2 absences)
Participation, readings 10%
Literature search and literature review 20%
Research design outline 20%
Term paper plan 10%
Term paper (3500 words, excluding references and graphs) 40%
You need 60% to pass the course.
Plagiarism or cheating on any of the tasks will not be tolerated.

Examination topics

All contents covered in the readings and in class.

Reading list

Will be posted on Moodle

Association in the course directory

Studium: BA 612;
Code/Modul: BA06.1;
Lehrinhalt: 12-2044

Last modified: We 22.03.2023 14:08