Netherlands, Amsterdam

Doing research with discourse analysis: A Discourse Perspective on Making Sense of Social Change (in collaboration with Lancaster University)

when 8 July 2017 - 22 July 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 1150

This course equips students from all fields to integrate discourse analytic methods into their studies and create interdisciplinary research frameworks in a social context. Featuring in-depth studies of contemporary research in health care, education, politics, economics, forensics, entrepreneurship, and media and communication studies, the course encourages students to think critically about research designs, goals, accountability, and ethics. Discourse analytic methods include levels of meaning making; text types; ethnography and conversation analysis; perspectivisation, framing; Historical Discourse Analysis; data selection; and content-, linguistic- and text analysis.

Course instructors come from Amsterdam Research on Text and Talk in Institutional Settings (ARTTIS), the Amsterdam Critical Discourse Community (ACDC), and the world's leading center for critical discourse analysis at Lancaster University and the University of East Anglia. The course syllabus includes a visit to The Hague with a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament and an interactive "Formation Game" to participate in complex discourse processes concerning diversity in cultural values.

Course leader

Bertie Kaal

Target group

Any student with a social interest in their chosen discipline, especially those reading Social Sciences, Politics, Social Psychology, Healthcare, History, Law, Business and Organization Studies, Media and Communication Studies, Education, Geography, Economics and so on.

Course aim

You are able to produce a research framework in a social context, including a discourse analytic component.
You gain experience in academic self-reflection and learn about research practices in other disciplines.
You can articulate and account for adding discourse analytic methods in your own field of interest.

Credits info

Contact hours: 58

Fee info

EUR 1150: The tuition fee includes an airport pick-up service, welcome goodiebag, orientation programme, on-site support, 24/7 emergency assistance, and a transcript of records after completion of the course.

An early bird discount of €150 is available for students who apply before 15 March, and students from VU Amsterdam as well as from exchange partner universities will receive a €250 discount. You apply for the discount simply by indicating that you are currently a student at VU Amsterdam or at a partner university in the online application.

All courses include excursions. We will also organize trips and excursions as part of our social programme, which is a great way to get to know your fellow students and learn more about Amsterdam and the Netherlands. The social programme is not included in the tuition fee.

Furnished accommodation is available. Various housing options will be offered.


The Amsterdam Summer School offers ten scholarships that cover the full tuition fee of one course. Information about how to apply for the scholarship will be posted soon on the website.

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