PED8020 - Discourse Analysis and Pedagogical Practices


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2021/2022

Course content

This interdisciplinary course highlights discourse analytical approaches with a particular focus on methodological issues and analytical work. Dealing with different data such as video observations, interviews and texts, a main aim in this course is to discuss distinct discourse analytical approaches and various research traditions as well as attending to their potentials, challenges and dilemmas. The course raises some important questions such as how to approach the research problem, how to transcribe and present data, and how to carry out various discourse analytical approaches. Furthermore, participants will present data in relation to their research interest and be encouraged to raise analytical and methodological questions that they find interesting and challenging. While keeping the thematic scope fairly open, and by including diverse settings, the course will however specialise in discourse analytical approaches in relation to pedagogical practices in its widest sense (e.g. work life, family life, education, leisure, policy, and the media).

Learning outcome

Knowledge - The candidate: 

  • has advanced knowledge on theoretical foundations and methodological approaches within the field of discourse analysis

Skills - The candidate:

  • can formulate relevant research questions and carry out discourse analysis in relation to various data materials
  • can assess the relevance, potentials and challenges of discourse analytical approaches in research

General competence - The candidate:

  • can carry out his/her research with scholarly integrity
  • can communicate research and contribute to the development of new knowledge and new methods within the field of discourse analysis

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, workshops, and presentations. Participants will present data in relation to their research interests and be encouraged to raise analytical and methodological questions that they find interesting and challenging in their research. To give and receive peer critique is also part of the course. Lectures will be given in Scandinavian and English. Assignments and papers can be written in Norwegian or English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Attending lectures is compulsory

Further on evaluation

In this course a paper should be handed in after the course. The length of the paper should be 10-12 pages. The research questions or topic of the paper must be within the frame of the course and relate to the course literature.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Candidates admitted to a PhD programme

Course materials

Approximately 600 pages

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Version: 1
Credits:  5.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level



Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Education
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning


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