2011/12 Diskurzivní analýza

Název kurzu: Approaches to Discourse as an Interdisciplinary Concept

Modul : kvalitativní

Kód: SOC932d, PSY027d

Vyučující: Erzsébet Barát, University of Szeged & Central European University, Budapest

Kontaktní osoba: Kateřina Zábrodská, 43677(at)mail.muni.cz  - S veškerými dotazy se obracejte výhradně na kontaktní osobu.

Termín konání: výuka  31. října – 5. listopadu 2011

Vyučovací jazyk: angličtina



The aim of this PhD course is to investigate the reasons for the recent explosion of interest in discourse as an analytical category in qualitative research. The major objective is for students to understand and follow up the actual analytical consequences of conceptualizing discourse as a dialectic intersection, or interface of signification and social reality. The discussions will focus on the epistemological status and the methodological suitability of the various approaches calling themselves “discourse analysis” vis-à-vis a critical analysis of the text/context interface. We shall explore how to design a project, how to articulate questions for the analysis, and criteria of validity that follow from conceptualizing discourse as a dynamic text/context intersection. We shall investigate the ways the various ‘abstract’ concepts of discourse are meant to be applied to ‘empirical’ research questions, demonstrating the relative gains and losses of the particular approaches (academic discourses of discourse), ranging from the conflation of discourse with talk between two face-to-face interactants to seeing discourse as the single constitutive force of the entire social and cultural world. In accordance with the course’s strong focus on applying the categories, the students should work with textual data and present their analysis and critique of the analysis in the set reading for the second session and deploy the given categories in the analysis of their own research data in the third session of each day.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE (how it will be taught):

The course will have four days of class-room instruction followed by two days of individual consultation with students by appointment. Each day has its own focus/theme of discussion. The in-class contact will be divided into three kinds of two-hour session: (1) a lecture developing the particular concepts built on the compulsory readings; (2) a seminar that demonstrates the appropriate specific procedures of data analysis coming from the Lecturer’s own research; (3) further adoption of analytical concerns to the analysis of the data drawn from the participants’ own PhD project.