Checking date: 03/05/2018

Course: 2018/2019

Social discourse analysis
Study: Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (283)

Coordinating teacher: RAE , GAVIN

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Humanities: Philosophy, Language, Literature Theory, Department of Social Sciences

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
At the end of the module, students will: - Know and understand the theory and the main ideas of various approaches to discourse analysis - Understand the methodology of various approaches to discourse analysis: What is analysed? How? - Understand the relevance and limits of various forms of discourse analysis to study the social and political world - Analyse social and political reality from a critical perspective - Understand the relationship between language and social structure - Understand how power relations shape social discourses
Description of contents: programme
Part I: Discourse analysis in the social sciences (7 weeks) (This part of the module will be taught in English) 1. Theoretical and epistemological foundations - The linguistic turn and interpretive social science. - The idea of social construction of reality. - Discourse, power and ideology. 2. Approaches to discourses analysis: theory and methodology - Content analysis: quantitative and qualitative - Frame Analysis and Critical Policy Studies - Critical Discourse Analysis Part II: Analysing the language of social discourses: language varieties, discourses and power (7 weeks) 1. The socio-historical construction of languages and language varieties: implications for discourse. 2. Dominant language varieties, prestige discourses and social structure - The standard language - Special languages - Literary language. 3. Subordinate language varieties, stigmatized discourses and social structure - Diatopic variation, diastratic variation and submission - Linguistic insecurity - Acculturation through language and discourse.
Learning activities and methodology
Active learning will be encouraged to ensure that students familiarize themselves with the concepts and tools studied and understand their strengths and limits. In particular, the seminars will be used to critically discuss important readings and a range of examples of discourse. Individual or group projects and various other activities will be used to teach the methodology of discourse analysis. The general aim of the module is to foster students' capacity for critical thinking.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Basic Bibliography
  • Bourdieu, P.. Langage et pouvoir symbolique. Paris: Seuil. 2001
  • Bourdieu, P.. La distinction. Critique sociale du jugement. Paris: Minuit. 1979
  • Braun, V., Clarke, V.,. Using Thematic Analysis in Psychology'. on line. 2006, Available at
  • Foucault, M., . Truth and Power,. In The Foucault Reader, ed. P. Rabinow. New York, Pantheon Books,. 1984
  • Hall, R.B.. ¿The Discursive Demolition of the Asian Development Model¿. International Studies Quarterly, 47 (1): 71-99. 2003
  • Moreno Fernández, F.. Principios de sociolingüística y sociología del lenguaje. Barcelona: Ariel lingüística. 1998
  • Romaine, S.. El lenguaje en la sociedad: una introducción a la sociolingüística. Barcelona: Ariel. 1996
  • Schön, D. A. and Rein, M.. Frame Reflection: Toward the Resolution of Intractable Policy Controversies. New York: Basic Books. 1994
  • Trudgill, P., Hernández Campoy, J.M.. Diccionario de sociolingüística. Madrid: Gredos. 2007
  • Wodak, R. and Meyer, M.. Methods for Critical Discourse Analysis, 2nd ed.. London: Sage. 2009
Additional Bibliography
  • Armstrong, N. and Mackenzie, E.. Standardization, Ideology and Linguistics. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 2012
  • Connolly, W.. The Terms of Political Discourse, 3rd ed.. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 1993
  • De Vreese, C.H., Peter, J., Semetko, H.A.,. Framing Politics at the Launch of the Euro: A Cross-National Comparative Study of Frames in the News,. Political Communication, 18 (2): 107-122,. 2001
  • Fairclough, N.. Discourse and Social Change. Cambridge: Polity Press. 1992
  • Foucault, M.. El Orden del Discurso. Barcelona: Tusquets. 1999
  • Foucault, M.. Histoire de la sexualité I: la volonté de savoir. Paris: Gallimard. 1976
  • Hawkins, B. and Holden, C.. 'Framing the Alcohol Policy Debate: Industry Actors and the Regulation of the UK Beverage Alcohol Market'. Critical Policy Studies, 7 (1): 53-71. 2013
  • Janks, H.. Literacy and power. New York: Routledge. 2010
  • Jørgensen, M. W. and Phillips, L. J.. Discourse Analysis as Theory and Method. London: Sage. 2002
  • Labov, W.. 'Hypercorrection by the Lower Middle Class as a Factor in Linguistic Change'. In Sociolinguistics: Proceedings of the UCLA Sociolinguistics Conference, 1964. William Bright, ed. Pp. 84¿113. The Hague: Mouton. 1966
  • Mills, S.. Discourse. London: Routledge. 1997
  • Weber, M.. Sociología del poder: los tipos de dominación. Madrid: Alianza. 2012
  • Williams, J.W.,. The Lessons of Enron. Media Accounts, Corporate Crimes, and Financial Markets,. Theoretical Criminology, 12 (4): 471-499,. 2008

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.