Critical Discourse Analysis

This module will focus on different methods and issues in Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA). CDA is broadly concerned with the way that language and other semiotic modalities reflect, legitimate and instantiate power and inequality in social relations. In this course, you are introduced to various methodological approaches to CDA which draw on and apply a range of theoretical frameworks including functional grammar, argumentation theory, cognitive linguistics, corpus linguistics, conversation analysis and pragmatics. A variety of discourses articulated in talk, text and image and operating across a range of social and political fields of action are considered, including discourses of race, immigration, war, national identity, political protest, and corporate responsibility. You will also be encouraged to critically engage, through close textual analysis, with discourses of specific interest to themselves. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunty to engage with a number of theoretical and methodological debates currently ongoing in CDA.