Lugano, Switzerland

Discourse Theory and Analysis

online course
when 24 August 2020 - 28 August 2020
duration 1 week
fee CHF 700

The following workshop will be held by Professor Mottier on Week 2 (24 - 28 August, 2020).

Workshop contents and objectives
The aim of this workshop is to explore the practical application of discourse theory to the analysis of textual data. There are many different versions of discourse analysis; this course focuses specifically on types of discourse analysis which are part of the wider family of interpretative methodologies. Interpretative methodologies are grounded in a social constructionist perspective on social life, reminding social scientists of the constructed nature of the social 'facts' that are studied. Against this backdrop, discourse analysis helps researchers to explore: constructions of meanings and identities through which individuals, groups, or organisations make sense of their everyday lives and interactions, and construct their social, organisational and political environments; meanings produced within policy-making or legal processes; mechanisms of social exclusion or inclusion within media debates or internet blogs, etc.

More precisely, the workshop will (1) examine key interpretative methodologies such as interactionism, ethnomethodology and hermeneutics, and examine how these perspectives translate into concrete research questions and frameworks for 'doing' discourse analysis and (2) explore the application of practical techniques of discourse analysis, focusing especially on textual materials (which can include media or internet materials, archival texts, personal diaries, policy and legal texts, organisational and management documents, activist discourses, scientific discourses, or interview transcripts).

Although the lectures, exercises and readings will also address wider methodological issues such as validity and reliability, the main emphasis of the workshop is on practical applications of discourse theory and analysis through daily exercises. Participants are welcome to bring their own data to the Summer School if they wish to do so, and will have a chance to discuss and work on their own research during the week.

Prerequisites
No particular prerequisites are needed for this course, but you will be sent several preparatory texts to read a month before the summer school starts.

Course leader

Véronique Mottier (University of Lausanne and Jesus College, Cambridge)

Target group

Everyone who is interested; there are no formal requirement. Note that many workshops have some prerequisites.

The Summer School workshops are conceived for those who need to deepen and widen their methodological knowledge and skills for their work, research projects and (PhD) theses: students, junior and senior researchers, practitioners from academia and outside academia at any stage of their careers whenever the need for further training in methodology arises.

Course aim

More precisely, the workshop will (1) examine key interpretative methodologies such as interactionism, ethnomethodology and hermeneutics, and examine how these perspectives translate into concrete research questions and frameworks for 'doing' discourse analysis and (2) explore the application of practical techniques of discourse analysis, focusing especially on textual materials (which can include media or internet materials, archival texts, personal diaries, policy and legal texts, organisational and management documents, activist discourses, scientific discourses, or interview transcripts).

Credits info

The Summer School cannot grant credits. We only deliver a Certificate of attendance, i.e. we certify your
presence

If you consider using Summer School workshops to obtain credits (ECTS), you will have to investigate at your home institution (contact the person/institute responsible for your degree) to find out whether they recognize the Summer School, how many credits can be earned from a workshop/course with roughly 35 hours of teaching, no graded work, and no exams.

Make sure to investigate this matter before registering, if this is important to you.

Fee info

CHF 700: The Summer School in Social Science Methods is financed through participant’s fees.

There are two fees:

Reduced fee: 700 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for students (requires proof of student status).
Normal fee: 1100 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for all others.
These fees includes also participation in one of the preliminary workshops (two-day workshop preceding the Summer School).
To qualify for the reduced fee, you are required to send a copy of an official document that certifies your current student status or a letter from your supervisor stating your actual position as a doctoral or postdoctoral student. Send this letter/document by e-mail to methodssummerschool@usi.ch.
CHF 1100: The Summer School in Social Science Methods is financed through participant’s fees.

There are two fees:

Reduced fee: 700 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for students (requires proof of student status).
Normal fee: 1100 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for all others.
These fees includes also participation in one of the preliminary workshops (two-day workshop preceding the Summer School).
To qualify for the reduced fee, you are required to send a copy of an official document that certifies your current student status or a letter from your supervisor stating your actual position as a doctoral or postdoctoral student. Send this letter/document by e-mail to methodssummerschool@usi.ch.

Scholarships

As the Summer School is financed through participant’s fees alone and has no funds of its own, it cannot offer any scholarship, grants or financial aid.