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Critical discourse Analysis: Texts, contexts and power (RSS1.16) - Confirmed

This course offers a comprehensive, practical introduction to qualitative CDS. The course is for anyone interested in analysing how language is used (and abused) in different socio-political contexts. You will learn how (1) the fundamental conceptual basic of CDS (2) how to analyse texts, (3) how to interpret your findings, and (4) how to build a CDS-oriented research project.

Duration: one-week.



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    This course offers a comprehensive, practical introduction to qualitative Critical Discourse Studies (CDS) and invites you to consider how you could integrate it into your own research. CDS is a burgeoning approach to the analysis of text and talk in different socio-political spaces. CDS understands language as a form of social practice and that language use cannot be understood without looking at wider contexts of power relations. Though CDS has a basis in sociolinguistics, it offers set of a theories and methodologies that can be applied by researchers in different fields (e.g., Political Science, International Relations, Media & Communication, and Sociology). As such, one of the key practical outcomes of the course is an understanding of how to build a research project that focuses on your chosen topic and which integrates CDS as the key analytical approach. 
    The course will be both theoretical and ‘hands on’: Whilst you will be learning about the theoretical underpinnings of CDS (from within linguistics and beyond), you will also be analysing real texts and genres in order to put your new-found skills into practice and gain confidence in your own analytical abilities. 
    The course starts with an introduction of key terms and concepts in CDS and consider what ‘Critical’ can mean. We follow this by learning how different socio-political theories can be used alongside more linguistic-based text analyses in interdisciplinary projects. Throughout the course, participants will actively engage with the material and offer their own thoughts and feedback on the work of their peers.


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    17 June 2024, 9 am
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    17 June 2024, 9 am - 21 June 2024, 5 pm
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    Samuel Bennett

    Samuel Bennett

    Samuel Bennett is a critical discourse analyst working on cross-discipline linguistic research. He is an Assistant Professor at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań. Workinh with different linguistic and discursive methodologies, his research centres around discursive constructions of migrant integration, (non)belonging and exclusion, populist politics, and online communication, with a focus on the UK. His methodological approach is also strongly informed by his involvement in immigration, community building, and empowerment charities for over twenty years in four countries. He has recently started researching the connection between discursive constructions of colonialism and current debates about belonging and national values and is currently writing a book (OUP) entitled: Myths & Sanctioned Ignorance in British migration discourse: Towards a linguistic sociology of absences. He is the author of Constructions of Migrant Integration in British Public Discourse (Bloomsbury 2018), along with several articles in highly respected journals (Critical Discourse Studies, Journal of Language & Politics, Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies) and chapters in edited volumes. Is also the current chair of CADAAD (Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines).

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    • Regular: €1049 (application deadline 13th of May)
    • Student & PhD's: €699 (application deadline 13th of May)

    Includes: your course, short morning and late afternoon courses, coffee and tea during breaks, a warm lunch every day, Official Opening, MethodsNET Café (including some drinks and snacks) Official Closing (with some drinks and snacks) and a 1-year (2024 calendar year) free membership as MethodsNET regular member.

    Excludes: transport, accommodation, social events and other costs. 

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    Level of participant: 

    • Master
    • PhD
    • Postdoc
    • Professional

    Admission requirements: Critical Discourse Studies is an interdisciplinary approach and participants are expected to come from different fields (political science, sociology, media studies, linguistics, etc). Some prior knowledge and study experience of one or more of the following is expected: qualitative text analysis, public sphere communication, or different forms of socio-political inequalities (e.g., race, gender, xenophobia). A basic understanding of sociolinguistics and/or critical theories would be beneficial, but is not expected.

    Admission documents: None