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This course, Themes in discourse research: The case of Diana, introduces some of the main themes and issues in discourse research using Martin Bashir's famous interview with Diana, Princess of Wales as a case study.

Through this it examines the role of discourse in shaping social interaction and its psychological implications for the study of minds, selves and sense-making. The course aims to demonstrate that in studying discourse we cannot help but study social life.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify some key themes in discourse analysis
  • Appreciate the consequences of discourse research for some key topics in social science, such as indentity, interaction and subjectivity
  • Be familiar with some discourse analytical techniques and their consequences for analysing social interactions.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:10:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:05:00
    • Introduction 00:10:00
    • Discourse as social action 00:15:00
    • Discourse is constitutive 00:20:00
    • Discourse involves work 00:15:00
    • The co-production of meaning 00:10:00
    • Discursive practices 00:15:00
    • Footing 00:20:00
    • Subject positions 00:10:00
    • Discursive practices are flexible 00:20:00
    • ‘I dunno’ 00:15:00
    • To sum up 00:10:00
    • Voice and the speaking subject 00:25:00
    • Subject positions 00:10:00
    • Talk is dialogical 00:20:00
    • The politics of representation 00:07:00
    • Contestation and power 00:10:00
    • Constructing discursive spaces 00:20:00
    • Conclusion 00:15:00
    • Take the next step 00:03:00

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