Unit 3: Foundations for Conducting Research

R27: Critical Discourse Analysis


This training will introduce the theory and practice of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), the study of language in context, which can be used to analyse written and spoken language. The term discourse is used within a variety of disciplines, and it refers to semiotic elements of social practices. Discourse therefore 'includes language (written and spoken and in combination with other semiotics, for example, with music in singing), non-verbal communication (facial expressions, body movements, gestures etc), and visual images (for instance photographs, film). Indeed, spoken text can be considered multimodal, too, as it includes non-verbal  modes of communication such as gesture, body posture and facial expression' (Chouliaraki and Fairclough, 1999:38). The training seeks to enable participants' engagement in CDA, introducing participants to appropriate methods and techniques, and providing them the opportunity to put these into practice. Topics to be covered include contemporary theoretical, analytical and practical approaches to CDA.


Chouliaraki, L. & Fairclough, N. (1999) Discourse in late modernity: rethinking critical discourse analysis. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.


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Vitae RDF descriptors addressed in this session are:

Knowledge and intellectual abilities (A)
This domain contains the knowledge and intellectual abilities needed to be able to carry out excellent research.

  • Knowledge base (A1)
  • Cognitive abilities (A2)