Discourse Analysis

Module code: ED7526

Module co-ordinator: Dr Nick Smith

In this module you will discover how we recognise and use distinctive types and styles of language in different situations and across different media, whether spoken, written, digital or multimodal. We will explore how factors such as communicative intention, politeness and indirectness affect our use of language. We will also explore how power is conveyed (explicitly or implicitly) through language and look at the methods used to collect and study discourse data.

Topics covered

  • Introduction to discourse analysis
  • Genre, register and style
  • Approaches and tools for analysing discourse
  • Discourse and pragmatics
  • Analysing talk (conversation analysis)
  • Multimodal discourse analysis
  • Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) 


150 hours over 20 weeks to include:

  • reading course materials; reading, watching and listening to required and recommended resources
  • engaging in online module activities / discussion forum
  • independent study
  • writing the module assignment



  • 3,000-word project involving data collection


  • You can combine the assessment for this module and the assessment for Language in Society into a single 6,000-word project.