Singapore University of Social Sciences

Discourse Analysis

Discourse Analysis (ELG358)

Applications Open: 01 April 2021

Applications Close: 15 June 2021

Next Available Intake: July 2021

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1378 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Linguistics and Languages

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


ELG358 examines the various ways in which reality is being constructed, presented, and interpreted through the use of language in social life. Discourse is a complex weaving of various forms of language presentation, including statement, conversation, talk, and writing. Focusing on analyzing naturally occurring language behaviour and looking beyond the boundaries of sentence, discourse analysis is a useful approach to examine the use of language in society, to explore the role of language in the construction of social relations, as well as to investigate the meaning making processes through linguistic practices. Students attending this course will learn about these various theories and methods in discourse analysis, as well as have the opportunity to collect, transcribe, and analyse discourse data.**Note: The ECA for this course may consist of a project that builds on data gathered in TMA01 and/or TMA02. Although RESIT students have already passed OCAS and will not submit new TMA work as part of their RESIT, these students may need to gather new data for the RESIT ECA, as specified in the guidelines of the new TMA(s). Any questions about this matter should be directed to the course AF or the programme team.**

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Introduction: Language and context
  • Working with Texts
  • Analytic Tools I
  • Analytic Tools II
  • Discourse and the World
  • Big 'D' Discourse

Learning Outcome

  • Distinguish the various theoretical approaches to discourse analysis
  • Examine theories governing grammatical structure and construction of social meanings in discourses
  • Interpret the ideologies and social meanings encoded within public texts
  • Formulate an analysis of spoken and written texts by applying the appropriate theoretical approaches and analysis tools
  • Use tools of discourse analysis on both written and conversational data
  • Compose relevant and meaningful data into an independently researched project
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